Free College for Veterans—Eligibility and Application Process
Under most circumstances, you should be eligible to attend college for free or at a significantly reduced cost after serving in the military. However, understanding exactly what you are eligible for and how to get free college for veterans is not always easy. At DoNotPay, we make it easy and convenient to gain access to the benefits you deserve with the click of a button to assist you with planning the next stage of your life after serving your country.
Benefits for Veterans
Veterans are eligible for a wide range of benefits that are intended to thank them for serving and help them create the next step in their lives after leaving the military, including fully or partially paid tuition. Depending on the state you live in, your branch of the military, and how long you served, these benefits may include:
- Education benefits
- Health insurance
- Home loans
- Assisted living
- Burial benefits
- Death benefits
- Additional support for veterans with disabilities
Education benefits, like free college for veterans, are among the first types of benefits that many veterans seek after leaving the military. Attending college at that time often makes it easier for veterans to transition to a new career that may or may not be related to how they served in the military.
How to Obtain Free College by Yourself
All veterans are entitled to some type of free or reduced tuition as long as they meet one of these qualifications:
- Served a total of at least 90 days of active duty service
- Received an Honorable Discharge or Purple Heart
- Received an Honorable Discharge based on a disability that is related to service after at least 30 consecutive days of active duty service
However, it can be difficult to understand exactly what type of educational benefits you are eligible for and how to get them. Most veterans will have some type of eligibility for free college through the GI Bill, and your specific circumstances may make you eligible for the Yellow Ribbon Program or other means.
Your first step for learning more about what education benefits you are eligible for and how to obtain them should be getting in touch with your state's Department of Veterans Affairs, as well as the college you are interested in attending. Like many aspects of the military, this can be a long and time-consuming process that can lead to delays in your education or finding yourself paying costs that you should not have to pay if you need to attend school before the military completes its end of the process. If you are having trouble getting the funds you are entitled to, you may have a better option.
Next Steps for Obtaining Free College if You Can’t Do It Yourself
The VA is notoriously slow when it comes to processing education benefits and other benefits requests, and you may need to take additional steps to get the funds you need if you are struggling to get adequate funds approved quickly enough to attend college when you plan to. You can try seeking assistance from higher up within the military or even consulting a civilian lawyer, but these measures can be expensive, and the military tends to frown upon taking matters into your own hands.
By choosing DoNotPay's robot lawyer service, you will simply need to provide us with a few pieces of information that describe your service and confirm the types of benefits you should be eligible for, and we will handle the work of reminding the VA of its obligations and encouraging it to follow through in a timely manner for you.
Obtain Free College With the Help of DoNotPay
At DoNotPay, we are here to help if you run into problems obtaining the education benefits you deserve.
If you want to know how to find Veteran Benefits with DoNotPay but don't know where to start, DoNotPay has you covered in 3 easy steps:
- Search for and open the Military Protection product on DoNotPay.
- Select whether you want to 1) locate the nearest VA office, 2) access veteran benefits, or 3) locate service records.
- Answer a simple set of questions so our chatbot can collect the necessary information to help you and find the nearest office or fill out the appropriate forms.
Why Use DoNotPay to Obtain Free College
At DoNotPay, our services are:
|Fast||You don't have to spend hours trying to obtain your benefits.|
|Easy||We can save you the trouble of endless rounds of communication with your VA.|
|Successful||We can eliminate the extra expense of attempting to seek other types of outside assistance.|
DoNotPay Works Across All Entities With the Click of a Button
Our process works just as easily when it comes to helping any veteran obtain free college or other education benefits. No matter what branch you served in, what state you live in, or what college you are considering attending, we will handle all the hard work for you to help you start working toward your new career as quickly as possible.
What Else Can DoNotPay Do?
At DoNotPay, we are here to make handling a wide range of legal concerns fast, easy, and inexpensive. We can also help you:
- Obtain other veterans' benefits you are eligible for, such as health insurance, a home loan, and a pension
- Obtain marriage, birth, divorce, and death certificates
- Have personal information removed from a wide range of websites
We look forward to helping you obtain the funds you need to attend college. Join DoNotPay today to start the process of obtaining your education benefits!