I wish more eligible Veterans and their families were aware of how valuable the Post 9/11 GI benefits can be for Veterans, spouses, and dependents. For law school applicants interested in practicing in California, the Post 9/11 benefits may pay up to 100% of your tuition at one of the California accredited law schools (CALS) such as Monterey College of Law.
The Post-9/11 GI Bill provides up to 36 months of education benefits, generally payable for 15 years following your release from active duty. Monterey College of Law also participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program that makes additional funds available for your legal education without an additional charge to your GI Bill entitlement. The following payments may also be available:
Some Servicemembers may also transfer unused GI Bill benefits to their dependents.
$19,198.31 per academic year (2014) will not go very far towards a $50K (per year) private ABA law school degree in California, but it will cover 100% of the tuition and fees at Monterey College of Law. We are approved for Post 9/11 benefits and we are a Yellow Ribbon School that picks up the difference if your benefits don’t cover the entire annual tuition . . . and these benefits may be transferable to SPOUSES AND DEPENDENTS as well.
Many Veterans are being bombarded with e-mails, mailers, and magazines that promote unaccredited degree programs, but an accredited law school will be a much better legal education for most Veterans and their families. As an added bonus, MCL is located on the beautiful central coast of California in a Veteran-friendly community close to the Naval Postgraduate School and the Defense Language Institute.