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The Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant

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What to know about the Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant

Receiving a Federal Pell Grant for your education can be an excellent way to help lower your college costs, however, not everyone qualifies for this type of financial aid. This is where the Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant can help. This is a Title IV grant for dependents of service members who died in the line of duty in Iraq or Afghanistan after 9/11. Here is what you need to know.

Who is eligible for the Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant?

Applicants must not be eligible for a Federal Pell Grant on the basis of the Expected Family Contribution (EFC), but meet the remaining Federal Pell Grant eligibility requirements.

The parent or guardian was a member of the U.S. Armed Forces and died as a result of military service performed in Iraq or Afghanistan after the events of 9/11. You must be under 24 years of age or enrolled in college at least part-time at the time of your parent or guardian’s death.

Pell Grant Eligibility – Pell Grants are awarded to undergraduate students with financial need and have not earned a degree. Read more about the Pell Grant at Pell Grant: Everything You Need to Know on College Recon.

How do you apply for the Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant?

In order to apply for this grant, submit a FAFSA form every year you are in school. Your school, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Education, will determine your eligibility for the grant.

How much is the Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant?

The amount of the grant is equal to the amount of a max Federal Pell Grant for the award year, but it also can’t exceed the cost of attendance for the year. Meaning, that you won’t be getting extra money if your school doesn’t cost the maximum amount.

How do you receive the Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant?

Payment is delivered the same way as the Pell Grant. The exact payment date depends on your school.

When can you no longer get the Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant?

Once you earn a baccalaureate degree or your first professional degree or if you have used up all 12 semesters of your eligibility, you can no longer receive the grant.

You can read more about this grant on the Federal Student Aid website.

 

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