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Active duty military spouses are eligible to receive in-state tuition at public colleges and universities in the state where they reside or are permanently stationed for more than 30 days. Once a spouse is enrolled and paying in-state tuition, they will continue to pay the in-state tuition rate as long as they remain continuously enrolled at the school, even if the service member is reassigned outside of the state.
The My Career Advancement Account is a Department of Defense workforce development program targeting spouses of service members in the pay grade of E1-E5, O1-O2, and W1-W2. The My Career Advancement Account scholarship supports military spouses pursuing a license, certification, or Associate's degree in a portable career field. Click here to see if you're eligible and learn more , or call a Spouse Career Counselor at 800-342-9647.
Post-9/11 GI Bill Transferability
Active duty and/or Selected Reserve service members with six years of service may elect to transfer all or a portion of their Post-9/11 GI Bill benefit to a spouse. The service member must agree to serve 4 additional years from the date of the election in order to transfer their benefit.
Spouses who received a transferred benefit are eligible to receive:
- Public in-state tuition and fees. (Private and foreign school costs are capped annually.)
- Annual book and supply stipend
- Must use it within 15 years of separation from active duty
Active duty spouses are not eligible for the monthly living allowance.
In order to be eligible for Post-9/11 GI bill benefits, transferees must be named/elected while the service member is on active duty, but they can be removed at any time. Transferability is NOT an entitlement and is not divisible should a divorce occur. Additionally, if the service member does not meet the required length of service, they may have to pay back the benefit.