December 15, 2006, Newsletter Issue #42: Spouse Tuition Assistance

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One major scholastic advantage to being in the U.S. armed forces is the spouse tuition assistance benefit. Married military members can put their spouses through school at reduced cost, and many overseas schools feature accelerated courses. Some programs have restrictions based on assignment location, whether or not the military member is on active duty, and other considerations.

Most times, your position on the military pay chart is not a consideration as the tuition amounts are fixed per year rather than being on a rank structure. Spouses should prepare for their appointment with the education office by getting official copies of all previous college transcripts for transfer credits, plus any completed FAFSA forms and related material needed for entry into a new college program. They'll also need their dependent military ID card, the military member's social security number, and their work phone number.

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