Become a Psychologist Through Military Education Benefits
How to Use the GI Bill to Advance Psychology Training
Take these first steps to fully utilize the Montgomery GI Bill to obtain a degree in psychology:
- Prior to taking on the role of an active military member, ask several recruiters about the educational benefits of serving with each specific branch within the military. Some military branches will offer you better educational opportunities than other branches.
- Review your contract at the time of enlistment to ensure that you will be eligible for the Montgomery GI Bill. The GI Bill will afford you the chance for free psychology schooling for a maximum of four years as long as you pay a small fee each month during your first year as an enlisted military member. Please note that you are likely participating in the GI Bill program if you are a current active member of the military unless you were told differently.
Those interested in how to become a psychologist with the Montgomery GI Bill following their military service can take the following steps:
- Select from psychology schools that offer an acceptable program in psychology and participates in the GI Bill program. You can check the Veterans Administration’s Web site to perform a search for schools that participate, or speak with a department of financial aid official at the school that you wish to attend to discover if that school recognizes the GI Bill.
- Fill out the application for the GI Bill. This can be found at the Web site of the Veterans Administration. It can also be obtained by phone at (888) GIBILL-1, or through the school’s certifying official for the Veterans Administration.
- You can still fill out a GI Bill application even if you don’t know which school you would like to attend. If you qualify, you will be presented with a certificate of eligibility. The GI Bill will cover all of your psychology exam costs.