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The United States Military Spouse and Family Educational Assistance Programs

January 09,2012

The United States Military Forces and associated organizations offer various educational assistance programs under Military Spouse and Dependents. Each Military Spouse and Family Educational Assistance Program is divided into six main categories such as follows:

  • Army Family
  • Air Force Family
  • Navy Family
  • Marines Famil
  • Spouse and Family Scholarships

US Military Spouse and Family Educational Assistance Programs List

  • Army
  • Army Family Education Programs

US Military offers educational assistance programs for member’s spouse and family as follows:

SOCAD

  • Service Members Opportunity Colleges (SOC) is a degree program for the army worldwide
  • Also available in distance learning option

Army Emergency Relief (AER)

  • Spouse Education Assistance Program (EAP) is available for military spouse who is assigned to Europe, Korea, Japan or Okinawa
  • Grant to assist education cost up to $350 per semester.

Air Force

  • Air Force Family Education Programs
  • The Air Force Military offers opportunity for spouse and family assistance programs.

Service Members Opportunity Colleges (SOC)

  • Family members can take courses in off-duty hours in the United States and overseas.

Air Force Aid Society (AFAS)

  • General George S. Brown, Spouse Tuition Assistance Program (STAP) is available for military spouse where STAP assists in tuition fees at 50% and up to $1,500 per year.
  • General Henry H. Arnold Education Grant Program offers $1,500 grants for selected children of active duty service members.

Navy

Navy Family Education Programs

Navy Military also provides educational assistance programs for active service members spouse and family.

SOCNAV

  • Service Members Opportunity College (SOC) offers degree program for the Navy worldwide.
  • Able to continue study even Navy transfers you numerous times.
  • Able with distance learning option as well

The Navy Maine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS) 

  • Spouse Tuition Aid Program (STAP): The Navy and Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS) offers STAP to your spouse if you are on active duty in the US and overseas (OCONUS) location.
  • Your spouse may be a full or part-time student studying toward a vocational certificate, or an undergraduate or graduate degree.
  • Amount: Undergraduate maximum $300 per semester and $1500 per year ; Graduate maximum $350 per semester and $1750 per year

VADM E.P. Travers Scholarship and Loan Program 

  • Must be spouse of active duty member or the dependent child of an active or retired member of the Navy or Marine Corps.
  • You must also be a full time undergraduate student at an accredited college or university.
  • Student loan up to $3000
  • Loan repayment begins within 30 days and must repaid within 24months
  • Deadline of application is 1st March every year

Coast Guard
Coast Guard Family Education Programs
Coast Guard Family Education Programs offers educational assistance programs for military spouse and family in programs below:

SOCCOAST

  • Service Members Opportunity Colleges (SOC) is a degree program for Coast Guard worldwide
  • You and your adult family members can continue your degree level program and available by distance learning

Coast Guard Mutual Assistance (CGMA) 

  • Supplemental Education Grant (SEG) is offered up to $150 per year for any family member excluding Tuition expenses.
  • Can be used to pay ASVAB, CLEP, SAT, and other study guides.

Additional Education Assistance

  • Offers depended spouses and Federal Coast Guard employees to undergo CLEP, DANTES and other test without any cost.

Marine Corps

Marine Corps Family Education Programs
Marine Corps Family Education Programs offers educational assistance programs for military spouse and family in programs below:

SOCMAR

  • Service Members Opportunity Colleges (SOC) is a degree program for Marines worldwide
  • You and your adult family members can continue your degree level program and available by distance learning

The Navy Maine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS): 

  • The Admiral Mike Boorda Seaman-to-Admiral Educational Assistance Program offers grants and/or interest-free loans of up to $2,000 a year to eligible active duty service members accepted to the following programs: Enlisted Commissioning Program, Marine Enlisted Commissioning Education Program, Medical Enlisted Commissioning Program
  • Open to Midshipmen who have been released from active duty for immediate assignment to the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC) Program. Application is made through the Commanding Officer of the NROTC Unit, or by contacting NMCRS Headquarters

Spouse Tuition Aid Program (STAP)

  • The Navy and Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS) offers STAP to your spouse if you are an active duty service member stationed in an overseas (OCONUS) location.
  • Your spouse may be a full or part-time student studying toward a vocational certificate or an undergraduate or graduate degree.
  • Amount granted: Undergraduate level maximum of $300 @ semester and $1500 @ year
  • Graduate level maximum of $350 @ semester and $1750 @ year

VADM E.P. Travers Scholarship and Loan Program

  • Must be spouse of active duty member or the dependent child of an active or retired member of the Navy or Marine Corps.
  • You must also be a full time undergraduate student at an accredited college or university.
  • Student loan up to $3000
  • Loan repayment begins within 30 days and must repaid within 24months
  • Deadline of application is 1st March every year
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National Guard… Learn, Protect, and Earn!

If you’re interested in finding out what kinds of National Guard education benefits are available to you, then you’ve come to the right place. After reading this short overview of what kinds of National Guard education benefits are out there for you to take advantage of, it’s going to be hard to say no to this great opportunity.

One of the definite National Guard education benefits is that through the Tuition Assistance program the National Guard will pay 100 percent of your educational costs. The Tuition Assistance program is designed to help you cover up to $4,500 per year for tuition costs. This includes certificate and license training as well as accredited institutions.

One great thing about the National Guard education benefits is that unlike many of the other branches of the military, it’s likely that you’ll still be close to the homeland, if not stationed in the country. This means while you’re still earning by being an active duty National Guardsmen, you’ll still be able to stay close to home, while also making the most of benefits.

Unlike many of the other military education programs, the army National Guard will support their service members all the way through to a master’s degree, if funding is available. That means you can get a full education while serving your country and earning some pretty good money.

Another thing that you should definitely look into if you’re trying to get the most for your benefits, is getting some information on local state programs that are intended to help out National Guardsmen. You can usually get some extra funds to help with your education through state programs. In order to get these funds you’re going to need to do some research and look around. Usually your recruiter or a college counselor can help you to figure out if there is any state programs that would be right for you.

If you were to join the Air National Guard, you’d have access to the only degree granting institution dedicated to enlisted persons, the Air Force community college. The Air Force community college provides a whole spectrum of different subjects and topics you can learn from at the Air Force community college. Air Force guardsmen are also privileged to state assistance programs and tuition assistance programs.

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Survivor Benefit Plan, the Only Way to Protect Your Loved Ones!

When a Armed Forces retiree dies, his retirement pay also stops,this is how retirement works in the Armed Forces by default. So if you’re a Armed Forces retiree, you seriously need to consider looking into the Survivor Benefit Plan. What actually covers this Survivor Benefit Plan? Well, it’s pretty much insurance that will give your spouse a monthly check to live on, if for whatever reason, something happens to you. This includes your early death, your surviving spouse outliving the benefits, or another serious problem in today’s economically trying times, inflation.

There is also great news for veterans over the age of 70 who have made 30 years of payments or 360 payments to the Survivor Benefits plan, because as of October 1, 2008, any participants in the survivor benefits will now receive free SBP coverage. This is a great way to make sure that no hard times fall on any veterans spouses.

So you are probably thinking “Hey, this sounds great, where do I sign up?” Well, after you retire from the Armed Forces, you will automatically be enrolled in full basic survivor benefits that will cover your spouse and your children. If you want to reduce your spouse’s coverage or decline your spouse of coverage altogether, you will need the written consent your spouse’s, otherwise your spouse will remain by default on the full basic Survivor Benefit Plan. Now say you wanted the coverage for a former spouse you can do this as well, or you are able enough to cover what is known as an “insurable interest”, which could be a business partner, a partner, or someone else very close to you.

Just like any form of insurance, you must need a monthly premium to pay. The premiums are based on the “base amount” or amount that you work out. The base amount you require can be anything from full coverage all the way down to as low as $300 bucks a month. So what’s full coverage mean in terms of the Survivor Benefits Plan? Full coverage is actually based upon your full retirement pay, it means that your spouse will be benefited receiving 55 percent of your full retirement pay. If you opt for a lesser coverage, your spouse will get 55 percent of the “base amount” you selected.

There are a couple different options for coverage when it comes to survivor benefits, including spouse only, former spouse and child, child only, former spouse, or a person who has an “insurable interest”, This could be a business partner, a parent, or a close friend or family member you’d like to have covered.

This is a great way to protect your loved ones from whatever could happen in the future. We can never be sure what’s around the corner, but we can at least rest peacefully knowing your loved ones are covered if anything ever were to happen.

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Commencement – 2011

Diamond Bar, CA., October 8, 2011 – CALUNIVERSITY students in the class of 2011 became graduates and alumni. Photographers caught their nervousness, excitement, encouragement of their peers, and thanks to their families and friends on camera. Graduates will cherish these memories as they set out on the next phase of their journeys.

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CALUNIVERSITY Awarded Military Friendly School Title from G.I. Jobs

September 15, 2011
DIAMOND BAR, Calif., September 15, 2011 – G.I. Jobs, the premier magazine for military personnel transitioning into civilian life, has awarded California Intercontinental University (CALUNIVERSITY) the designation of Military Friendly School. The 2012 Military Friendly Schools list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members and veterans as students.Military Friendly Schools

A pioneer in online Doctorate of Business Administration programs, California Intercontinental University offers a wide range of specialized graduate degrees. The DETC accredited university also offers online Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees and is constantly expanding its range of programs. A strong supporter of military personnel, their families, and veterans seeking further education, the university is a VA Approved Institution of Higher Learning and a member of the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC).

“We have always believed that it is possible for our brave young men and women to achieve their education goals while proudly protecting and serving”, said Dr. Shaan Kumar, President of the university. “The CALUNIVERSITY team is committed to helping and supporting our military students, and this award is testament to our dedication – we are extremely honored.”

In its effort to help student veterans find the right school, G.I. Jobs incorporated a survey of student veterans for the first time. This feedback provides prospective military students with insight into the student veteran experience at a particular institution based on peer reviews from current students. Marshall J. Cowell, a current DBA student in Caluniversity’s Global business and Leadership program, has also been profiled by G.I. Jobs, and his interview can been found on the Military Friendly Schools website.

The 2012 list of Military Friendly Schools® was compiled through extensive research and a data driven survey of more than 8,000 schools nationwide. Michael Dakduk, Executive Director for the Student Veterans of America noted, “The Military Friendly Schools list is the go-to resource for prospective student veterans searching for schools that provide the right overall experience. Nothing is more compelling than actual feedback from current student veterans.”

Service members and veterans can also meet individual student veterans from the various schools virtually on the site to learn more about personal school decisions and the transition from the military to an academic environment. A profile of California Intercontinental University can also be found on the Military Friendly Schools website

About G.I. Jobs

G.I. Jobs (www.gijobs.com) is published by Victory Media, a veteran-owned business which also publishes The Guide to Military Friendly Schools, Military Spouse and Vetrepreneur magazines and annually rates the nation’s “Military Friendly Employers,” “Military Spouse Friendly Employers” and “Best Corporations for Veteran-Owned Businesses.

About California Intercontinental University
A pioneer in online Doctorate of Business Administration programs, California Intercontinental University offers a wide range of specialized Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctorate degrees such as Entrepreneurship ” Business Management, Global Business ” Leadership, Health Care Administration and Information Systems. A VA Approved Institution of Higher Learning and a member of the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC), California Intercontinental University has a strong focus on the military student experience. Programs are designed to meet the needs of our United States Armed Forces, and prior coursework, military training, and past experiences are evaluated for credit. For more information on programs, benefits, and scholarships, visit http://caluniversity.edu/admissions/military.

California Intercontinental University is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC). For more information, visit www.detc.org.

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Caluniversity Holds Its First Graduation Ceremony Followed By National Entrepreneur’s Day Conference

December 17, 2010

LOS ANGELES (December 15, 2010) – A perfect ending to years’ worth of hard work, California Intercontinental University celebrated the graduation of its inaugural class of students on November 19th, 2010. With majority of students receiving their Doctorate degrees and others earning their Master’s and Bachelor degrees, the class of 2010 is now prepared to enter, or in some cases continue to thrive in, today’s work force armed with the knowledge and know-how to make a name for themselves and succeed. While overjoyed to close this chapter of their lives, students were not the only ones accepting their degrees as former Walnut Mayor Tom King  was also presented with an honorary doctorate during the graduation ceremony.graduation

A diverse class, many of the graduates are already well established, senior-level working professionals who were looking to supplement their knowledge base with a solid foundation in business and entrepreneurial skills, something California Intercontinental University specializes in. With this focus on entrepreneurism, former Walnut Mayor Tom King was the perfect guest speaker and honoree as he has gone above and beyond in his work with the business community. In addition, Dr. Finian Tan, Chairman of California Intercontinental University and CEO of Vickers Financial Group, was also present and provided his inspiring thoughts on the growing global economy.

“We are very proud of our inaugural class and think that this group of highly intelligent business people are a great representation of California Intercontinental University,” said California Intercontinental University Chairman and CEO Dr. Shaan Kumar. “We have built our programs to foster the entrepreneurs of tomorrow by offering them guidance and resources from the global entrepreneurs of today. This class is leaving here with all the tools necessary to create their own success and we wish them the best of luck as they move forward.”

To even further the focus on entrepreneurism and the many opportunities at hand for the class of 2010, the CALUNIVERSITY graduation ceremony was immediately followed by Entrepreneur’s Conference 2010 (econ2010), a gathering of prominent and successful entrepreneurs. Made as a forum to celebrate National Entrepreneur’s Day, this event was put on by the United States Global Enterprise Association (USGEA) and hosted speakers from various walks of life who could offer advice for the graduating class. For more information on California Intercontinental University and its various educational offerings please visit, www.caluniversity.edu.

About California Intercontinental University

California Intercontinental University (CALUNIVERSITY) is a distance learning online educational institution dedicated to the study of business administration and management. As part of the school’s mission, CALUNIVERSITY promotes quality learning, critical thinking, and the discovery of new knowledge for the benefit of diverse business communities. For more information please visit, www.caluniversity.edu.

For inquiries, please contact marketing@caluniversity.edu

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