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Minnesota GI Bill

Graduates in a circleThe Minnesota GI Bill program was enhanced in 2013 to provide postsecondary educational assistance to eligible Minnesota Veterans, non-veterans who served in the military and eligible spouses and children. Full-time undergraduate or graduate students may be eligible to receive up to $1,000 per semester and part-time students can receive up to $500 per semester (up to $3,000 per academic year and $10,000 per lifetime). OJT and Apprenticeship individuals are eligible for up to $2,000 per fiscal year for either program. Approved employers are eligible to receive $1,000 placement credit payable upon hiring a person under this program and another $1,000 after 12 consecutive months of employment. No more than $3,000 in aggregate benefits under this paragraph may be paid to or on behalf of an individual in one fiscal year, and not more than $9,000 in aggregate benefits under this paragraph may be paid to or on behalf of an individual over any period of time.

Student Eligibility Requirements:

You must be a Minnesota resident under the age of 62, enrolled at a Minnesota institution who meets the following requirements:

  • Veteran who is serving or has served honorably in any branch of the United States armed forces at any time, or;
  • Non-Veteran who has served honorably for a total of five years or more cumulatively as a member of the Minnesota National Guard or any other active or reserve component of the United States armed forces, and any part of that service occurred on or after September 11, 2001, or;
  • Surviving spouse or children of a person who has served in the military at any time on, and who has died or has a 100% VA determined permanent and total disability as a direct result of that military service, only if the surviving spouse or child is eligible to receive federal education benefits under Chapter 33 as amended, or Chapter 35 as amended.

Student Application:

Students should see a Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs Higher Education Veterans Program Regional Coordinator, apply online or download the application. Return the completed form with your DD214 to the campus Regional Coordinator.

Note: You must reapply every year for the Minnesota GI Bill. Application for the Fall Semester every year opens on February 1st of that year.

For more information and to check status call (651) 642-0567 or (800) 657-3866 and press (1) for the Minnesota GI Bill. Questions can be directed to our live LinkVet call center at 1-888-LinkVet.

Apprenticeship/OJT Eligibility Requirements:

An eligible employer means an employer operating a qualifying apprenticeship or on-the-job training program that has been approved by the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry. Assistance for apprenticeship expenses and on-the-job training is available for qualifying programs, which must, at a minimum meet the following criteria:

  • Training must be with an eligible employer;
  • Training must be documented and reported;
  • Training must be reasonably expected to lead to an entry level position; and
  • The position must require at least six months of training to become fully trained.

Apprenticeship/OJT Application

Apprenticeship/OJT employees should complete the application and submit with W9 and DD214 to:

20 W 12th St. Room 206
St. Paul, Minnesota 55155

For questions regarding this application process contact us at

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