Your college scholarship is just the beginning of your opportunities to acquire knowledge in the Air Force. From your initial training to graduate education and the unique opportunities found in our Professional Military Education program, the potential for learning is virtually unlimited for officers in the Air Force.
The knowledge necessary to perform your Air Force specialty.
The Base Education Office
The base education office is your first stop on the road to continuing education. It also has lists of classes from universities offering on-base college courses.
You can pursue a master’s degree in almost any subject with tuition assistance, which pays for 100 percent of the cost (up to $250 per semester hour).
If the Air Force needs you to pursue a master’s degree (in a specific subject), you can apply to attend a program through the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFITAFITAir Force Institute of Technology ), which pays 100 percent of your tuition.
Professional Military Education (PME)
All officers are encouraged to continue their military education, which concentrates on leadership and management skills. PME offers several courses that prepare officers for command and staff positions later in their careers.
The Air Force realizes not all officers will continue to perform the same job or specialty for their entire careers. For this reason, some officers can retrain into another career area at some point along the way.
Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB)
Individuals entering the Air Force are automatically enrolled in the MGIB, unless they un-enroll during training. The MGIB requires $100-a-month nontaxable pay reduction for the first full 12 months of active duty. Benefits are $528 a month for 36 months (adjusted annually based on the consumer price index) toward educational expenses. Thus, for an investment of only $1,200, you get over $19,000 in educational benefits. You may use your money from the MGIB at any approved two- or four-year college or vocational school of your choice. Some restrictions apply for cadets on an Air Force ROTC scholarship. Please contact the detachment at the school you are interested in attending for details.
Many other scholarships are available for both military members and their families. Contact us for more details.