Military spouses may be eligible to receive education benefits that could help pay for an online RN to BSN program. These benefits may apply to spouses of those currently serving and of veterans.
Post-9/11 GI Bill
One option available to military spouses looking to fund an RN to BSN program is the Post-9/11 GI Bill. The program allows career service members to share either the whole or a part of their GI Bill with immediate family members. If the military member has used a portion of his or her GI Bill benefits, the remainder may be transferred to a spouse. For example, if the member has used 24 months of the benefit, then the remaining 12 months are available to be used by an immediate family member.
It is important to check into the stipulations of any benefits, including the Post-9/11 GI Bill. One important condition is that the military member must have at least six years of service and be under obligation to serve at least four more.
Marine GySgt John D. Fry Scholarship Program
This scholarship is an amendment to the Post-9/11 GI Bill that allows surviving spouses and children of service members who die in the line of duty to receive education benefits. The eligible spouses may receive full tuition at state universities, a monthly living stipend and book allowance.
Stipulations of this program state that the service member must have died in the line of duty after Sept. 10, 2001, and the benefits are available for 15 years from the date of death, or until a spouse remarries.
Other Military-Specific Scholarships
There are hundreds of military-specific scholarships, some of which may be available to spouses of active military members and of veterans. By taking the time to do extensive online searches, and putting in the effort required to apply, many spouses of military service members can find extra financing for an RN to BSN program. One place to start searching is the scholarship finder on the website military.com/scholarship.
Educational benefits may vary by state, so be sure to check into the programs available in your state. Often benefits are limited in scope of time, but an RN to BSN program can be completed in as little as 12 months, making it possible to graduate while tapping into military spouse benefits.
Learn about the Columbus State online RN to BSN program.
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