Employment, Education, and Training for Veterans

Find veterans' job and education resources. Also see our general job search pages.

Educational Benefits for Servicemembers, Veterans, and Their Families

Military Tuition Assistance

Current servicemembers can attend college in their off-duty time and have their military branch pay the tuition.

GI Bill and Other VA Education Programs

If you were or are in the military, you may be eligible for Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) education benefits. If you are a spouse or dependent, you may be eligible too.

Forever GI Bill Makes Big Changes to Education Benefits

The Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2017, also known as the Forever GI Bill, significantly changes many veterans education benefits. Most changes expand or improve upon existing benefits. Highlights include:

  • Restoring education benefits to many who lost them due to recent school closures or disapprovals

  • Eliminating the 15-year time limit for those who left active duty on or after January 1, 2013

Many other changes are in effect or coming. See a detailed list of changes.

Learn About Education Benefits

Visit Vets.gov to:

  • Learn about the GI Bill and other education benefits programs.

  • Explore options for classroom and virtual training.

  • Get career counseling.

  • Find the right school or training program for you.

Apply for Education Benefits

You can apply for education benefits online, in person or by phone.

Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC)

Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) can help you get your degree despite frequent military transfers. These civilian colleges and universities:

  • Simplify credit transfers and reduce residency requirements (the credits required to earn a degree at a given school)

  • Give classes on or near military installations in the U.S., overseas, and on military ships

  • Offer distance learning programs

  • Offer degrees that match your military job

  • Are open to servicemembers and their families

For more information, talk to your unit's education officer.

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Employment and Job Training for Veterans

If you are a current or former U.S. servicemember looking for a civilian job, visit:

  • CareerOneStop's Veteran and Military Transition Center for information and resources about your job search, benefits, training opportunities, and more
  • Vets.gov for resources to help you explore careers, find a job, or start your own business
  • Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program for help with job training, employment accommodations, job-seeking skills coaching and individualized career counseling. This program also provides help for veterans who want to start their own businesses and for severely disabled vets who need assistance with independent living services.

For federal employment, visit:

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Small Business Resources for Veterans

Veterans who own small businesses and vets who want to start a business or franchise can find valuable small business resources through the Department of Veterans Affairs.

The Veteran Entrepreneur Portal (VEP) links you to the tools you need to guide you every step of the way. Find information about business plans, financing opportunities, government programs, training courses, and more.

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Last Updated: May 11, 2018