CG Foundation & Vander Putten Education Grants
Active Duty Member
What grants are available?
University of Oregon Bookstore Education Grant (UOBEG)
Marine Science Education Grant (MSEG)
CG Foundation Education Grant (CGFEG)
Vander Putten Education Grant (VPEG)
The policies and procedures are the same for the above grants and you can apply for all on one application form. There is no specific application for the MSEG and UOBEG (use FEG/VPEG), the board will review your rate and if you performed duty in a designated Southwest Asia combat zone to determine if you are eligible for the grant.
Am I eligible?
All active duty E-3 to E-9 and reserve E-3 to E-9 currently serving on active duty orders of at least one year are eligible.
Marine Science Education Grant (MSEG) applicants must be in the MST rating.
UOBEG applicants must have served in a designated Southwest Asia combat zone for 30 consecutive days or 60 non-consecutive days in the Calendar Year. This is the only Grant program administered by CGI for which Officers are eligible.
How much will the grants pay?
For the MSEG, the maximum reimbursement per calendar year (CY) is $500.00.
For the UOBEG, the maximum reimbursement per calendar year (CY) is $500.00.
For the CGFEG, the maximum reimbursement per calendar year (CY) is $500.00.
For the VPEG, the maximum reimbursement per calendar year (CY) is $250.00.
The Coast Guard Grants Programs are funded each year through generous gifts from the CG Foundation and the Vander Putten Family. Funding is not guaranteed to cover all requests each year.
What will the grants pay for?
Reimbursement for text books and miscellaneous educational expenses.
Applicants who receive funding from any other source, such as scholarships, loans, grants, etc., whether these programs are federally-funded or private, are not eligible to receive additional funding for the same expense from the CGFEG or VPEG. Members must report all other sources of funding below the list of items claimed on page two of the 1560/10A.
Student loan payments:
When claiming student loan payments for reimbursement, the class for which the loan was secured and the payments made on the student loan must both have been within the last 12 months of the date the CG Institute received the application.
Documentation from the loan company must show the time frame (i.e. which academic year) for which the loan applies.
Documentation from the school must show the overage due for the course(s) and/or a copy of the tuition assistance authorization letter must be included with the CGFEG and/or VPFS application(s).
Some courses that do not earn college credits, such as audit courses, may be considered for reimbursement on a case-by-case basis. Final determination rests with the Commanding Officer, CG Institute.
The course should be related to the applicant’s Coast Guard duties and/or enhance the applicant’s professional development.
Expenses incurred for membership dues or honor societies will not be considered for reimbursement.
U.S. Coast Guard Institute (CGF)
5900 SW 64th Street, Room 233
Oklahoma City, OK 73169-6990
Keep a copy of the form Including your receipts for your records.
Within 72 hours of receiving your application, the Institute will send you a confirmation email.
The Institute will also send you an email once your check has been mailed. Delays in processing are usually due to lack of available funds. Wait at least 2 months from receiving the "application received" email before contacting the Institute for a status update.
Foundation grants are based on a calendar year. Applications may be submitted throughout the year, but no later than 1 year after the dated receipt. Multiple applications may be submitted throughout the CY until the $250 (VPEG) and $500 (FEG) maximum has been reached.
How do I fill out the application?
The form contains detailed instructions for completion. Be sure you read the instructions, fill out the form completely and proof your application. Ask your ESO if you have questions.
Make sure that your application:
Has every block of the two-page application form is filled out and contains correct information and/or appropriate signatures and dates.
Has receipts attached. Ensure receipts are itemized, dated, and show proof of purchase in the exact amounts claimed.