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My Coast Guard
Commentary | Feb. 15, 2023

Coast Guard Families: CGMA is offering expanded supplemental educational assistance you may need

By Keisha Reynolds, MyCG Writer

In today’s climate, the rising costs to live, let alone the expenses to become better skilled and educated—can be challenging. 

Recognizing the patterns of inflation, Coast Guard Mutual Assistance has expanded its supplemental education grant (SEG) as of Jan. 1. Applicants can now receive up to $1,000 per calendar year to supplement their education costs, rather than the former $500 cap. 

Erica Chapman, the Education Program specialist for CGMA said, “We know that the educational costs are increasing for folks and we evaluated our budget and wanted to expand our reach,” she said. “Doubling the amount available from 500 to 1,000 shows that we are always looking for ways where we can expand programs and increase support for the Coast Guard community.”

Aside from the monetary increase, the grant now covers the purchase of computers or laptops for school use. In addition, it now covers the cost of advanced education tests such as Praxis, LSAT, or MCAT as eligible expenses.

Applicant eligibility for the grant have not changed. Members and their dependents must still be enrolled in a post-secondary education program to apply. High school-level students and the grades below are not eligible for the grant. 

 For more information about SEG or to apply, visit the CGMA’s website