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

GI Bill and Other Veterans Education Programs

If you were or are in the military, you may be eligible for veterans education benefits. If you’re a spouse or dependent, you may be eligible too.

Forever GI Bill

The Forever GI Bill of 2017 makes big changes to many veterans education benefits. Most changes expand or improve upon existing benefits. Highlights include:

  • Restoring education benefits to people who lost them because their school closed

  • 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 Forever GI Bill changes.

Military Tuition Assistance

If you're in the military now, your unit may pay for your tuition if you attend college in your off-duty time.

Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC)

Frequent military transfers can be a roadblock to getting your degree. But Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) can help. These civilian colleges and universities:

  • Simplify credit transfers

  • Reduce the number of credits you must earn at their school to get a degree

  • 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.

Military Spouse Tuition Assistance

If you’re a military spouse, you can find help paying for college or vocational training too. There are a variety of scholarships, grants, and interest-free loans. Find sources of military spouse tuition assistance.

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Jobs and Training for Veterans

If you are a current or former U.S. service member 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

  • VA.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:

If you plan to go to college or a vocational school, learn about educational benefits you may be eligible for.

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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: December 11, 2018