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Explore financial aid opportunities through government programs and Bethel scholarships designed specifically for veterans or those currently serving in the military.

Air Force ROTC - University of St. Thomas

The scholarship programs available to students in Air Force ROTC are High School Scholarship Program and In College Scholarship Program. Both are UST Subsidy. Students must meet certain academic, fitness, physical and medical enlisted requirements. Scholarship opportunities are also available for enlisted personnel.

Amount

Amounts vary depending on the program and are based on merit, not financial need. Up to 100% tuition and fees; varied stipends/benefits on housing and books.

More information

Contact the University of St. Thomas for information about their Cross-town school program or visit Air Force ROTC for more information regarding program eligibility.

Army ROTC - University of Minnesota

The scholarship programs available to students are High School Student Scholarships, Scholarships for College Students and Enlisted Soldier Scholarships. Program requirements differ for each scholarship.

Amount

Amounts vary depending on the program and are based on merit, not financial need.

More information

Contact the University of Minnesota Twin Cities or visit Army ROTC for more information regarding program eligibility.


Federal Tuition Assistance (FTA) - Air Force

Federal Tuition Assistance (FTA) is a federally funded program for active duty Airmen to assist with tuition costs.

Amount

FTA will fund up to $250 per semester credit ($4,500 annual ceiling) with a maximum of 16 credits per fiscal year. The fiscal year goes from October 1–September 30.

Renewal

Undergraduate students must reapply every term. Graduate students must reapply every year.

Eligibility

Officers must have an active duty service commitment that runs for at least two years from the completion date of the last course funded by FTA benefits.  Enlisted personnel must have a service commitment that extends beyond the course end date for any courses funded by FTA benefits.

Academic requirements

Graduate students are required to earn a B or higher in their courses and maintain a GPA of 3.0; undergraduate students are required to earn a C or higher in their courses and maintain a GPA of 2.0. If this academic standard is not met, recoupment will occur.

Students cannot receive a failing grade (F), non-passing grade (N), incomplete grade (I) that last longer than 12 months, a voluntary withdrawal grade (W) or they will end up having to pay it back. Airmen will also have to pay back any non-reimbursable fees for any courses that were cancelled.

Deadline

Students must apply before courses begin.

How to apply

Apply online via Air Force Virtual Education Center (AFVEC).

Visit U.S. Air Force for more information.


Federal Tuition Assistance (FTA) - Army

Federal Tuition Assistance (FTA) program provides financial assistance for voluntary off-duty civilian education programs in support of a Soldier's professional and personal self-development goals.

Amount

FTA will fund up to $250 per semester credit ($4,500 annual ceiling) with a maximum of 16 credits per fiscal year. The fiscal year goes from October 1–September 30.

Renewal

Students must reapply every year.

Eligibility

Soldiers must complete 1 year of service beyond their AIT or BOLC completion to use FTA for undergraduate courses.

Current Army policy limits FTA to 130 semester hours or baccalaureate degree, whichever comes first.

Soldiers who have used their TA for an undergraduate degree will need to wait until they have served 10 years in service to use FTA to fund their Master's degree.

Students who drop or withdraw from a course must update their application through GoArmyEd. Soldiers who do not successfully complete a class will be required to repay the FTA. Soldiers who are unable to successfully complete a class due to military reasons must request a Withdrawal for Military Reasons through GoArmyEd and complete all required steps to ensure they will not be charged.

Academic requirements

Students are required to earn a C or higher in their courses and maintain a GPA of 2.0 or recoupment will occur.

Deadline

Students must apply before courses begin, up to 60 days prior to the start date.

How to apply

FTA is requested on a course-by-course basis with each course being part of an approved degree program. Students must submit their application through GoArmyEd.com prior to the course start date. Applications must be approved before the start date of each term. Students must also be registered.

GoArmyEd will notify the Soldier whether or not FTA is approved. If not approved, they will advise the Soldier of the reason and next steps.

More information

Visit GoArmyEd or MyArmyBenefits for more information.

Federal Tuition Assistance (FTA) - Coast Guard

Federal Tuition Assistance (FTA) is a federally funded program for all active duty Coast Guard to assist with tuition cost. FTA can also be applied to cover the cost of fees IF costs are directly tied to the course for which the fee is required.

Amount

FTA will fund up to $250 per semester credit ($4000 per fiscal year) with a maximum of 16 credits per fiscal year. The fiscal year goes from October 1–September 30.

Renewal

Students must reapply each term.

Eligibility

Active Duty enlisted members and officers must meet all requirements set forth in ALCOAST 040/14. Active duty members must complete the FTA authorized course(s) on or prior to RELAD, discharge or retirement. If member is going to RELAD and provides documentation showing that he/she will be in the SELRES, then FTA authorized course(s) may begin in active duty status and be completed in SELRES status.

Academic requirements

Students are required to earn a C or higher in their courses and maintain a GPA of 2.0 or recoupment will occur.

Students cannot receive a failing grade (F), non-passing grade (N), incomplete grade (I) that last longer than 12 months, a voluntary withdrawal grade (W) or they will end up having to pay it back. Students will also have to pay back any non-reimbursable fees for any courses that were cancelled or from which they were dropped.

Deadline

Students must start their application before the class begins. FTA can be applied for up to 3 months prior to course start date.

How to apply

Students should consult with their Education Services Officer (ESO) to determine if they should apply using WebTA or the Application for Federal Tuition Assistance Form CG-4147. If applying with Form CG-4147, submit form to your unit ESO.

More information

Visit the U.S. Coast Guard for more information and restrictions.

Federal Tuition Assistance (FTA) - Marine Corps

Federal Tuition Assistance (FTA) is a federally funded program for all active duty and active reserve Marines to assist with tuition cost.

Amount

FTA will fund up to $250 per semester credit ($4000 per fiscal year) with a maximum of 16 credits per fiscal year. The fiscal year goes from October 1–September 30.

Renewal

Students must reapply each term.

Eligibility

Active Duty and Reserve Officers must have two years of service obligation remaining (no EAS in the system). Reservists on a set of active duty orders (ADOS, Mobilization) must complete their classes before orders are complete. Members must also have completed two years of active duty.

Academic requirements

Students are required to earn a C or higher in their courses and maintain a GPA of 2.0 or recoupment will occur.

Students cannot receive a failing grade (F), non-passing grade (N), incomplete grade (I) that last longer than 12 months, a voluntary withdrawal grade (W) or they will end up having to pay it back. Marines will also have to pay back any non-reimbursable fees for any courses that were cancelled.

Deadline

Students must start their application 30 days in advance of the term start date. FTA requests will not be processed during the last two weeks of the fiscal year.

How to apply

Apply online through WebTA.

More information

For more information visit U.S. Marine Corps or contact your Force Education Office at: mfreducation@usmc.mil

Toll Free 1-866-305-9058 or the below numbers:

Force Education Technicians 504-697-8105/8116

Force Education Specialist 504-697-9694

Force Education Officer 504-697-8128


Federal Tuition Assistance (FTA) is the Navy's educational financial assistance program that provides active duty personnel funding for tuition costs for courses taken in an off-duty status.

Amount

FTA will fund up to $250 per semester credit ($4000 per fiscal year) with a maximum of 16 credits per fiscal year. The fiscal year goes from October 1–September 30.

Renewal

Students must reapply every year.

Eligibility

FTA is available to both Naval Officer and Enlisted active duty personnel and some Naval Reservists on continuous active duty. It is also available to enlisted Naval Reservists ordered to active duty for 120 days or more and to Naval Reservist Officers ordered to active duty for 2 years or more.

Members must

  • be on active duty for the whole length of the course
  • attend an institution accredited by a regional, national or professional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education
  • Agree, if an officer, to remain on active duty for at least two years upon completion of courses funded by FTA. This obligation runs concurrently with remaining obligated service timer. Those who fail to serve the obligation must repay the FTA funds expended on their behalf during the last two years of active duty on a pro-rated basis.

Academic requirements

Graduate student are required to earn a B or higher in their courses and maintain a GPA of 3.0; Undergraduate students are required to earn a C or higher in their courses and mainatin a GPA of 2.0. If this academic standard is not met, recoupment will occur.

Students cannot receive a failing grade (F), non-passing grade (N), incomplete grade (I) that last longer than 12 months, a voluntary withdrawal grade (W) or they will end up having to pay it back. Airmen will also have to pay back any non-reimbursable fees for any courses that were cancelled or from which they were dropped.

Deadline

Students must start their application 30 days in advance of the term start date. FTA applications must be Command Approved prior to being forwarded to the VEC.

How to apply

Apply online through WebTA.

More information

Visit the Navy College Program for more information and restrictions.

Federal Tuition Assistance (FTA) and Top Up

Federal Tuition Assistance (FTA) is a federally funded program. It provides financial assistance for voluntary off-duty civilian education programs to students currently serving in the National Guard, reserves or on Active Duty. FTA is available for courses offered in the classroom or by distance learning and is part of an approved academic degree or certificate program. Students must submit their FTA enrollment requests and have them approved prior to the course start date.

Amount

Students receive $250 per credit up to $4500.

Federal Tuition Assistance Top Up is a federal benefit that can pay the difference between the total cost of a college course and the amount of Federal Tuition Assistance.

More information

Contact your branch for information regarding program eligibility and application process.


Minnesota GI Bill®

The Minnesota GI Bill® program provides assistance to eligible Minnesota Veterans, non-veterans who served in the military and eligible spouse and children who are attending a Minnesota Postsecondary school.

Amount

Full time students receive up to $1,000 and part time students receive up to $500. Students must reapply each year and are required to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Bethel's FAFSA code is 002338.

More information

For information regarding program eligibility, visit the Minnesota Office of Higher Education or Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs for more information.

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 Web site at http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.


Minnesota State Tuition Reimbursement (STR)

The Minnesota State Tuition Reimbursement (STR) is an education benefit for Soldiers and Airmen in the Minnesota National Guard.

Amount

STR will reimburse up to $502.25 per credit ($17,000 per fiscal year) for undergraduate students and up to $711.00 per credit ($18,000 per fiscal year) for graduate students. The fiscal year goes from July 1st - June 30th.

More information

For information regarding program eligibility, visit Minnesota National Guard.


VA Chapter 1606 - Montgomery GI Bill® Selected Reserve (MGIB - SR)

Montgomery GI Bill® Selected Reserve program provides education and training benefits to eligible members of the Selected Reserve, including the Army Reserve, Navy Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve and Coast Guard Reserve, and the Army National Guard and the Air National Guard.

How to apply

You can apply for benefits via VA Form 22-1990 or vets.gov. For information regarding program eligibility, visit the VA website for Montgomery GI Bill® Selected Reserve. You can also visit the Frequently Asked Questions (specific to each school).

More information

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 Web site at http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.


VA Chapter 30: Montgomery GI Bill® (MGIB)

The Montgomery GI Bill® Active Duty, sometimes known as Chapter 30, provides education benefits to Veterans and Service members who have at least two years of active duty.

How to apply

You can apply for benefits via VA Form 22-1990 or vets.gov. For information regarding program eligibility, visit the VA website for Montgomery GI Bill® Active Duty. You can also visit the Frequently Asked Questions.

More information

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 Web site at the official U.S. government website.


VA Chapter 31 - Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR & E)

VR & E helps Veterans and Service members with service-connected disabilities and an employment handicap prepare for, find, and maintain suitable careers. Your USDVA Counselor determines amounts.

How to apply

You can apply for benefits via VA Form 28-1990 or eBenefits. For more information regarding program eligibility contact your USDVA Counselor.


VA Chapter 33 - Post 9/11 GI Bill®

The Post-9/11 GI Bill® provides financial support for education and housing to individuals with at least 90 days of continuous service after September 10, 2001, or individuals discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days of continuous service after September 10, 2001. Amounts vary based on length of service.

How to apply

You can apply for benefits via VA Form 22-1990 or vets.gov. If this is a Transfer of Entitlement (TOE), you must submit a request before requesting VA benefits.  Once approved, the student can apply for benefits via VA Form 22-1990Eor vets.gov. If you have used your benefits at another institution, you do not need to reapply for benefits. Instead, submit VA Form 22-1995 to the Financial Aid Office or complete the online form via vets.gov.

More information

For information regarding program eligibility, visit the VA website for Post-9/11 GI Bill®. You can also visit the Frequently Asked Questions.

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.

VA Chapter 35 - Dependents' Educational Assistance Program (DEAP)

The Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance (DEA) program offers education and training opportunities to eligible dependents of Veterans who are permanently and totally disabled due to a service-related condition or of Veterans who died while on active duty or as a result of a service-related condition.

How to apply

To apply, take these steps depending on your situation:

  • Make sure that your selected program is approved for VA training. Take a look at the GI Bill® Comparison Tool for more information. VA can inform you and the school or company about the requirements.
  • Apply for your education benefit via VA Form 22-5490 or vets.gov.
  • If you are eligible for both DEA and Fry, you will be required to make an irrevocable election unless you are a child of a Service member who died in the line-of-duty prior to August 1, 2011.
  • If you have started your educational program, take your application to your school. Ask them to complete VA form 22-1999, Enrollment Certification, and send both forms to VA.

More information

For information regarding program eligibility, visit the VA website for Dependents Education Assistance Program. You can also visit the Frequently Asked Questions.

VA National Call to Service

The National Call to Service Incentive program is a benefit provided to those who perform a period of national service. It is a Department of Defense program that is administered by VA.

Amount

Participants can choose from the following incentives:

  • Cash bonus of $5,000
  • Repayment of a qualifying student loan not to exceed $18,000
  • Entitlement to allowance equal to the three-year monthly Montgomery GI Bill Active-Duty rate for 12 months
  • Entitlement to allowance equal to 50 percent of the less than three-year monthly Montgomery GI Bill Active-Duty rate for 36 months
  • Coordination with Montgomery GI Bill® Benefits

How to apply

You can apply for benefits via VA Form 22-1990N or vets.gov

More information

For information regarding program eligibility, visit the VA website for National Call to Service Program.

Who to Contact

The Financial Aid Office and the Department of Veterans Affairs are here to help you through the process:

Financial Aid Office
651.638.6241
finaid@bethel.edu

Mail forms to:

Attn: Financial Aid Office
Bethel University
3900 Bethel Drive
St. Paul, MN 55112

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Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs
Higher Education Veterans Program
Regional Coordinator, Charles Egerstrom 763.433.1113   
charles.egerstrom@anokaramsey.edu

State contact for MN GI Bill:

Megan Fitzgibbon
651.355.0606   
megan.fitzgibbon@state.mn.us

Federal contact:
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
888.442.4551
www.gibill.va.gov

GoArmyEd Help Desk:
800.817.9990

AI Portal Help Desk:
334.517.6172

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