Supplemental Education Grant (SEG)

One great way to make your family more financially resilient is to invest in your own education. CGMA's Supplemental Education Grant (SEG) can help cover some of the costs of higher education that Coast Guard Tuition Assistance or similar programs might not. You can use this money for yourself, your spouse, or your dependent children under 23. It's a helpful resource to support your educational goals and financial well-being.

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Amount

Up to $750

Type of Assistance

Grant

Eligibility

Active Duty
Auxiliary
Civilian Employees
PHS Officers and Chaplains
Reserves
Retired Military Personnel
Surviving Spouses

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How to Apply

Gather these documents:

  • Your Coast Guard ID
  • CGMA-10 SEG Application
  • Proof of the student’s enrollment, such as a certificate of enrollment with current courses listed or a letter from the Registrar’s Office
  • Dated receipts for each item

Contact your CGMA Representative to start the process.

Amount and Timing

NEW 2024 Amounts

  • The maximum grant amount per household is $750. In the case of dual military families, the limit is $1,500 with no more than $750 per student.
  • A member can apply for multiple grants during the calendar year, but the total amount can’t exceed $750 per calendar year.
  • All grants are applied to the current calendar year, regardless of when costs were incurred.
  • Requests must be received within 1 year from the date of payment for a qualified item.

Who's Eligible?

All CGMA members are eligible for SEGs on behalf of themselves, their spouse, and/or their dependent children under 23.

Eligibility is based on the status of the CGMA client and the student as of the first day of the course for which the SEG is being provided.

The student must be either:

  • Enrolled in a college or university undergraduate or postgraduate degree program.
  • Pursuing a multi course Vocational and Technical Training (VoTech) program approved by the Department of Veterans Affairs or Department of Education and designed to prepare the student for entry into a career field.
  • Seeking a General Equivalency Diploma (GED).
  • Completing a correspondence course that is part of a college or university degree program or VoTech certificate program.
  • Taking advanced education tests such as Praxis, LSAT, etc.

SEGs cannot be used for:

  • Dependents in high school or grade school.
  • Costs for preparatory courses, licenses (maritime, real estate, AC&R, etc.), or certification courses (computer, maritime, law, medical, etc.).

What's Covered?

SEGs cover the cost of fees, books, study guides, supplies, equipment, computers, and other documented educational costs directly related to the course of study.

  • Registration fees
  • Enrollment fees
  • Lab fees
  • Activity fees
  • Graduation fees
  • Textbooks
  • Test and exams
  • Computers/laptops/tablets (once every three years)
  • Study guides (Clep, Dantes, etc.)
  • Workbooks
  • Lab books
  • Art supplies
  • Audio-visual materials
  • Graphing calculators
  • Scientific calculators
  • Specialized software

What's Not Covered?

  • Tuition
  • Childcare
  • Field trips
  • Food
  • Ordinary school supplies (paper, pencils, notebooks, etc.)
  • Parking
  • Transportation
  • General software (Word, Excel, etc.)
  • Computer accessories (keyboard, mouse, Apple pen, monitors, printers, cases/covers, etc.)

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