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Additional Resources for Military Personnel

  • Addiction Resource – The Addiction Resource was founded in 2014 to provide a community for those recovering from addiction and to help patients find the highest quality care for a successful recovery.

  • Crisis Line – The Veterans Crisis Line connects Veterans in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring Department of Veterans Affairs responders. Call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1, or chat online, or send a text message to 838255 to receive confidential support 24 hours a day. Support for deaf and hard of hearing individuals is available.

  • Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation – Scholarship opportunities for children of current and former Marines.

  • Scholarship Finder

  • National Military Family Association Joanne Holbrook Patton Military Spouse Scholarship Program – Scholarships are awarded to spouses of Uniformed Services members (active duty, National Guard and Reserve, retirees, and survivors) to obtain professional certification or to attend post-secondary or graduate school. Scholarships range from $500 to $1,000, and the number awarded each year varies depending on funding.

  • ThanksUSA Scholarships – Scholarships are awarded to spouses and dependent children of active-duty military personnel.

  • Pat Tillman Military Scholarship – The Tillman Military Scholarship supports educational opportunities for service members and their families.

  • Quit Smoking Community – The Quit Smoking Community is a virtual community that offers support and information for those trying to quit smoking.

  • VA Mortgage Center Military Education Scholarships – The VA Mortgage Center offers scholarships twice a year, in May and November. Visit their website to learn about eligibility requirements.

  • Veterans Aid and Attendance (A&A) – The Veterans Aid and Attendance Pension provides benefits that reduce the cost of care for veterans and surviving spouses who require assisted living. Visit the website for concise information about the A&A benefit and to find free help and advice on its forums for those navigating this application process.

  • Veterans' Scholarship, Fund for Veterans' Education – The Fund for Veterans’ Education will provide scholarships to help meet the financial needs of veterans from all branches of the United States Armed Forces who served in Afghanistan or Iraq since September 11, 2001, and who are now enrolled in college.

  • NASAA - Veterans education and training information


Repayment Tips
  • Know your lender. Your loan servicer is the company that manages your loans and handles your repayment plan and is the organization to whom you make payments. Find your servicer's name and contact information on the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS). Be aware that your loan servicer can change from time to time, and it is your responsibility to be aware of those changes. If you have borrowed more than one loan and have not consolidated your loans, it is possible to have more than one servicer.

  • Consider granting power of attorney to an individual you trust to allow him or her to manage your financial matters, including your student loans. The person to whom you give power of attorney can sign documents and act on your behalf. The legal assistance office on your military base can assist with establishing power of attorney. As an alternative, you can provide your loan servicer with the name of the person you approve to receive information about your loan(s).

  • Establish an account on your servicer's website, which will allow you to view information about your student loan and make payments online.

  • Provide your loan servicer with your current contact information, including an e-mail address, to ease communication.

  • Make interest payments, even if military deferment is available to you. This will keep your balance from increasing and could save you money in the long run.

  • Review your repayment options. Repayment plans based on income may provide a better outcome for federal student loans, as you may qualify for a low payment and loan forgiveness.

  • Sign up for automatic payments to help keep your loan in good standing.

  • Place an active duty alert on your credit report to reduce the risk that you'll become a victim of identity theft.