Military Funding and Financial Assistance

Active-duty personnel, veterans, or dependents of veterans may be entitled to varying educational benefits. GW’s Military and Veteran Services provides information and details on what support is available.

If you are a veteran, active duty service member, or a military-affiliated dependent, you may be eligible for:

  • Chapter 30: Montgomery GI Bill®
  • Chapter 31: Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment®
  • Chapter 33: Post-9/11 GI Bill®
  • Chapter 35: Dependents’ Educational Assistance (DEA) Program®
  • Chapter 1606: Montgomery GI Bill: Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR)®

*GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website.

If you are active-duty personnel, veteran or dependent of a veteran, please also reach out to your prospective school or department as some may have additional opportunities to support your graduate study. Nationally, there are other opportunities to support academic study such as the Tilman Scholar Program.

Yellow Ribbon Program

In 2008, the GI Bill®* was updated with the enactment of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act, giving veterans with active duty service on, or after, 11 September 2001, enhanced educational benefits that cover more education expenses, provide a living allowance, money for books, and the ability to transfer unused educational benefits to spouses or children. 

The Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program (Yellow Ribbon Program or YRP) is a provision of the Post-9/11 GI Bill®. 

Learn more about the Yellow Ribbon Program on the GWU Military & Veteran Services website.

Tuition Assistance

If you are currently serving in the military, you may be eligible for funding offered through the Department of Defense Tuition Assistance program (also known as Federal Tuition Assistance - FTA).

Contact our the GW Military & Veteran Services Office for eligibility and enrollment requirements.