Military Spouses and Families

Photo courtesy of Department of DefenseAt JIU we understand the challenges military families face while trying to advance their careers and education due to frequent transfers, building new relationships and military deployments. That is why JIU is proud to offer all military personnel (active duty, retired, honorably discharged, guard and reserve) and their family members:

  • Reduced undergraduate tuition—$250 per credit hour or $750 per 3 credit hour course
  • Waived fees—All application and academic fees are waived for JIU military students and their dependents
  • Cost of undergraduate books covered by the Military Book Program
  • 20% tuition waiver for graduate degree programs

Visit our military tuition page to review program tuition costs, and to get a more personalized cost breakdown, as well as your Military Shopping Sheet, go to the net price calculator.  

Scholarships for Military Spouses and Families

Scholarships are gift funds that do not have to be repaid and are awarded to students based on a variety of criteria such as athletics, high academic achievement, special talents or circumstances, or other conditions association with the sponsor, and they are not all meant for graduating high school seniors. We encourage you to investigate the availability of scholarships or grants from all sources.  Below are a few links to help get you started, and visit Scholarship Help for tips on how to apply.  

In addition, two important programs include education benefits for military spouses:

Military Spouse Career Advancement Account (MyCAA)

The Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts (MyCAA) program provides up to $4,000 (over 2 years) of Financial Assistance for military spouses who are pursuing degree programs, licenses or credentials leading to employment in portable career fields (For more information about military spouse education benefits, visit

Spouses to Teachers Program

For those who want to begin new careers in the public school system, JIU supports the Troops to Teachers program, which inducted our Founder Glenn R. Jones into the Troops to Teachers Hall of Fame! As an accredited education provider, our exceptional School of Education provides a variety of graduate degree programs and licensers for armed forces personnel and their families who wish to advance their careers as K-12 teachers.