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Military Discounts in Minnesota

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State of Minnesota discounts for veterans and military personnel

Veterans Designation on drivers license: Yes

Discounted Fees and Taxes
  • Free high school transcripts provided to veterans
  • Returning veterans may participate in a special military hunt at Camp Ripley.
  • Free small game and fishing license for 24 months following deployment
  • Free fishing and game licenses for 100% service connected disabled veterans
  • Discounted license plates based upon the conflict you served in
  • $750 tax credit for retirees or 100% service connected disabled veterans. Must meet income qualifications

Education Discounts

Education Benefit for Minnesota Veterans: Educational benefits are provided in the form of a one-time grant to Veterans who have exhausted their federal benefits, and to war orphans of Veterans who died as a result of a service connected injury or disease. Your County Veteran Service Officer can assist you in applying for these education benefits.

Eligibility: To be eligible, the applicant must meet the following criteria:

Must have served for at least 181 consecutive days of active military service and have been separated from active duty under honorable conditions. The length of service requirement does not apply if active service was terminated earlier by reason of disability incurred while serving on active duty. The disability must be recognized and rated by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
The Veteran shall have been a resident of the State of Minnesota at the time of entry into the Armed Forces, and for six months immediately preceding entry.
The Veteran must be a citizen of the United States and a current resident of Minnesota.
The Veteran must have completely exhausted his/her federal educational benefits prior to the delimiting date or within the eligibility period during which benefits were available. Veterans who have allowed their educational benefits to expire without completely using them do not qualify for this program.

Minnesota National Guard Tuition and Textbook Reimbursement: The National Guard Tuition and Textbook Reimbursement Program reimburses Minnesota Guard member up to 100% of the tuition cost at any VA approved school. The maximum benefit is 100% of the undergraduate per credit rate at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Campus.
Eligibility: Minnesota National Guard members.

War Orphan Education Program: This program serves children of Minnesota Veterans who died while on active duty military service or as a result of injuries or disease incurred while on active duty military service. Children are eligible for "tuition free status" at any state college level institution except the University of Minnesota. In addition, $750.00 per year is available for school related expenses.
Eligibility: The deceased Veteran parent must have been a resident at the time of entry into active duty military service and the dependent child must have been a resident for two years immediately prior to application.

State Tuition Reimbursement (STR): Minnesota State Tuition Reimbursement (STR) will pay for 100% of your tuition (not including student fees) up to the undergraduate rate at the University of Minnesota for 144 semester credits. This benefit is available to current members of the Minnesota Army and Air National Guard and may be used in conjunction with the GI Bill and Federal Tuition Assistance (again, FTA and STR can be combined but only to equal 100% of tuition). This benefit is paid to the military member after a final grade is received for the course. Submission of required materials, including tuition fee statement and semester grade report, goes through the designated unit official.

Eligibility: Minnesota National Guard members.