The Coast Guard Mutual Assistance program recently announced changes to the Supplemental Education Grant or SEG and has implemented a number of new assistance programs updates. All of the programs listed below are effective as of Jan. 1, 2015.
The maximum dollar amount for the SEG is increased from 250 dollars to 350 dollars per client per calendar year, and SEG eligibility is broadened to include clients and eligible family members enrolled in any college or university undergraduate or postgraduate degree program.
- A grant of up to one thousand dollars for home study expenses related to the legal adoption of a child.
- A loan of up to six thousand dollars for general adoption expenses.
- A loan of up to one thousand dollars to help Coast Guard military members with incidental expenses related to a PCS move.
- Need-based financial assistance may be provided in the form of a loan of up to six thousand dollars to help with the purchase and training of a service animal, such as those used in treatment or therapy for patients with autism, diabetes, epilepsy, PTSD and other conditions.
- Need-based financial assistance may be provided for emergency pet expenses in cases where a pet is ill or injured.
The CGMA manual and website will be updated to include these changes. For more information about these and other forms of assistance, contact your local CGMA Representative.