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The Troops to College Program is designed to make veterans aware of the higher education options available at New Jersey’s public colleges and universities. The New Jersey “Troops to College Act” was enacted on September 13, 2009.

This initiative calls on New Jersey Higher Education, in consultation with the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, to provide an overview of the array of services available to provide a smooth transition for our nation’s veterans into New Jersey’s public colleges and universities. In addition, several independent and proprietary colleges and universities have asked that information about the services they provide for veterans be included as well. Veterans can find information about each of New Jersey’s 31 public institutions and 12 voluntarily participating independent colleges and universities:

  • certificate and degree programs offered,
  • who to contact for information about the benefits, programs, and services available at a specific NJ college or university
  • a summary of services provided and sources from which you may be able to transfer college credits


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Job Opportunities for Disabled American Veterans

Today's GI Bill - Connecting America's Veterans to Higher Education
Service members and veterans deserve access to high-quality, postsecondary education. It eases the transition into civilian life and ensures lifelong economic and social benefits. Today’s GI Bill is designed to help you make the most of your education benefits by providing clear yet comprehensive guidance. A resource guide from the Lumina Foundation

New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs

How can the NJ Department of Military and Veterans Affairs assist Members of the NJ National Guard and NJ Veterans in going to college in New Jersey?  NJ DMAVA EDUCATION OFFICE WEBSITE

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs - Benefit Information  |  FAQs

About the Post 9/11 GI Bill
The Post-9/11 GI Bill is for individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate service on or after September 11, 2001, or individuals discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days. You must have received an honorable discharge to be eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill. The Post-9/11 GI Bill became effective for training on or after August 1, 2009.

This program pays eligible individuals:

  • tuition & fees directly to the school not to exceed the maximum in-state tuition & fees at a public Institution of higher learning.
  • a monthly housing allowance based on the Basic Allowance for Housing for an E-5 with dependents at the location of the school. (If you are enrolled exclusively in online training you will not receive the housing allowance.)
  • an annual books & supplies stipend of $1,000 paid proportionately based on enrollment (If you are on active duty you will not receive the housing allowance or books & supplies stipend.)
  • a one-time rural benefit payment for eligible individuals

This benefit provides up to 36 months of education benefits. Generally, benefits are payable for 15 years following your release from active duty.

Information on transfer of Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits to dependents

The Yellow Ribbon program - see the institution pages for participation information
The Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program is a provision of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008. This program allows degree-granting institutions of higher learning in the United States to voluntarily enter into an agreement with VA to fund tuition expenses that exceed the highest public in-state undergraduate tuition rate. The institution can contribute up to 50% of those expenses and VA will match the same amount as the institution.

New Jersey Department of Education Troops to Teachers program

Operation Promise for Servicemembers
A site developed by the NJ Association of State Colleges & Universities with the needs of student veterans and active duty military in mind; constantly updated to reflect recent updates in benefits and member initiatives.

New Jersey ASCU Institution On-Campus Veterans Resources

Transfer of Credit/Transcript Assistance for Servicemembers

Got Your 6 Program

Last Updated: Wednesday, 04/15/20

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