If you are a military spouse and are thinking about going back to school, you might be wondering how you will pay for everything. College isn’t cheap but there are options such as MYCAA, or having your spouse transfer their GI Bill to you. But beyond that, there are other options out there including scholarships for military spouses and families.

Here is a list of scholarships military spouses can apply for. See if you qualify, double check when the applications are due, and make a plan for your career by going back to school.

For a list of scholarship resources for veterans and military families, you can check out this list, too.

Scholarships for Military Spouses

Here is a list of some of possible scholarship options specifically for military spouses.

Corvias Foundation Scholarships For Military Spouses

20 scholarships, Up to $5,000 per award

The Details: In order to apply for this scholarship you will need to have plans to attend a community, technical, or 4 year school as an undergraduate or graduate student.

You also must be the spouse of an active duty service member stationed at one of the following places: Aberdeen Proving Ground, Fort Bragg, Fort Meade, Fort Polk, Fort Riley, Fort Rucker, Fort Sill, Edwards AFB, Eglin AFB, Eielson AFB, Hurlburt Field, McConnell AFB, Seymour Johnson AFB.

You may use this scholarship for tuition, fees, books, supplies and equipment required for the course load. The money can also be used for childcare that is needed for your classes.

The Deadline: The next deadline for this award is May 3, 2018.

Website for more information and to apply for this scholarship: https://www.corvias.com/giving-back/foundation/education/apply

RELATED: How to Apply for Scholarships for College

National Military Family Association Military Spouse Scholarships

Average of $500 for career funding, $1,000 for degrees

The Details: You must be a military spouse with a valid ID. You need to be married to a service member who is active duty, in the Reserves or National Guard, medically retired, wounded or a fallen service member, or dual service. You can also apply if you are divorced if you qualify for the 20/20/20 benefit.

The Deadline: The window to apply is open from May 1st through June 30th and then October 1st through January 15th.

Website for more information and to apply for this scholarship: https://scholarships.militaryfamily.org/offers/nmfa-spouse-scholarship/

Pat Tillman Foundation

Average of $10,000

The Details: This award is for spouses of active duty service members or veteran service members, including surviving spouses. You will need to be enrolled full-time in a degree program. This award is also only for those that are pursuing an undergraduate, graduate or professional degree.

You will also want to check to see if your school is a Pat Tillman Foundation University Partner. If so, they guarantee one Tillman Scholar per year and help facilitate the election process.

The award is good for tuition and fees, living expenses, and books.

The Deadline: The next application window will start in February.

Website for more information and to apply for this scholarship: 

http://pattillmanfoundation.org/apply-to-be-a-scholar/

ThanksUSA Scholarships for Military Dependents and Spouses

$3,000 for educational expenses

The Details: You will need to be a spouse of a service member who has served full-time at least 180 days since 9/11/01. This includes members of all five branches as well as Reservists who have been activated and National Guard members who have been federalized. Retired and discharged spouses are also able to apply if their service member served over 180 days after 9/11/01.

You will also need to be a high school senior or graduate who plans to enroll or is already enrolled in a full-time or part-time undergraduate course of study at an accredited 2 or 4 year college, vocational, or technical school. This would only be good for a first time undergraduate degree. You can also use the award for non-degree licences and certificate programs.

Kaplan University also offers three different types of scholarships for those that meet the ThanksUSA guidelines and attend Kaplan University.

The Deadline: The window for applying for this scholarship will be open from April 1st through May 15th.

Website for more information and to apply for this scholarship: ThanksUSA

Veterans United Foundation Scholarship

10 one time scholarships totaling up to $50,000

The Details: This scholarship is for spouses of a deceased service member or veteran. You will need to be enrolled or plan to be enrolled in an associate’s, bachelor’s, graduate, post-graduate or doctoral degree program. You will also need to be comfortable sharing part of your story.

The Deadline: You will need to apply between March 5th and March 30th, 2018 for this year.

Website for more information and to apply for this scholarship: https://www.enhancelives.com/scholarships

Hope for the Warriors Military Spouse Scholarship

5 scholarships give out

The Details: This scholarship is to identify, recognize and reward Post 9/11 spouses/caregivers for what they do in the face of adversity. The money awarded is to help aid in continuing education at a reputable, accredited university, college or trade school. The scholarship can be used for tuition, books, and supplies.

The Deadline: Applications are open from April 1st through May 31st, 2018.

Website for more information and to apply for this scholarship: 

https://www.hopeforthewarriors.org/transition/military-spouse-scholarships/

Folds of Honor

Up to $5,000 

The Details: The Higher Education Scholarship is for spouses of service members who have been KIA, lost a limb, died while on active duty, or who have been classified as having a service connected evaluation, rated by the VA. If your spouse is active duty, they will need to have received a Purple Heart or had a loss of limb.

You will need to be enrolled or planning to be enrolled in an undergraduate program leading to a Bachelor’s degree. Additionally, you will have to go to an accredited college or university. However, you can also be enrolled in an accredited technical or trade school program which results in a certificate or diploma, as long as you don’t already have a Bachelor’s degree.

The award will be used to subsidize the costs of tuition, schools books, fees, on campus room and board, and approved education and tutoring as well as other expenses.

The Deadline: The deadline for the Spring 2018 award was January 31st, 2018.

Website for more information and to apply for this scholarship: https://www.foldsofhonor.org/resources/scholarships/

The following scholarships are all branch specific so make sure you are aware of that before you apply!

Army Emergency Relief Spouse Education Assistance Program

Each year is different, between $350-$2,810 for the 2017-2018 academic year

The Details: This award is for spouses of active duty or retired soldiers as well as widows(ers) to help them pursue their first undergraduate degree. The award is based on financial need, for full or part time students attending an accredited college.

Keep in mind that you might not receive the full amount for the award if you receive aid from the GI Bill or other sources.

The Deadline: There is a rolling application deadline for spouses starting in 2018-2019 and you should be able to apply after January 1st.

Website for more information and to apply for this scholarship: 

https://www.aerhq.org/Apply-for-Scholarship/Spouse-Education-Assistance-Program

The Navy Wives Club of America-NMCCG Enlisted Dependent Spouse Scholarship

Two awards will be given out

The Details: This scholarship is for Navy, Marine Corps or Coast Guard spouses of active duty and retired service members. It is also open to widows and widowers of these service members. This is to help further your college education, vocational business, or other training.

The Deadline: Please send in your application by May 30th.

Website for more information and to apply for this scholarship: http://www.navywivesclubsofamerica.org/scholarships/

Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society

Interest free loans and grants between $500 and $3,000

The Details: This award is for undergraduate or post secondary education at an accredited 2 or 4 year educational, technical or vocational institution. You will need to be the spouse of an active duty or retired sailor or marine. You also need to be enrolled or planning to be enrolled to be a full-time student at an accredited school. The award needs to be used for tuition, books, fees, and room and board.

The Deadline: Applications are due April 30th, 2018.

Website for more information and to apply for this scholarship: http://www.nmcrs.org/pages/education-loans-and-scholarships

The Mike and Gail Donley Spouse Scholarship

Two scholarships, $2,500 each

The Details: This scholarship is to help Air Force spouses pursue their Associate’s, Bachelor’s, grad or post grad degrees. Your spouse must be in the Air Force active duty, Air National Guard, or be an Air Force civilian employee.

The Deadline: Applications are due on April 30th, 2018.

Website for more information and to apply for this scholarship: https://www.afa.org/informationfor/teachers/scholarshipsteachers/donleyspousescholarship

The Coast Guard Foundation Lisa Cook Reed Spouse Education Scholarship

$500

The Details: This scholarship is for enlisted Coast Guard spouses in ranks, E3-E6 who will be studying at a nationally or regionally accredited educational institution. The award will cover books, school fees, transportation, as well as child care costs.

The Deadline: Applications are due in January.

Website for more information and to apply for this scholarship: https://coastguardfoundation.org/scholarships/education-support-for-coast-guard-spouses

Your Local College

Varies

The Details: Make sure to check into your own college or university to see what they offer. They could have military spouse specific scholarships or even general ones you can apply for.

Your Spouse’s Club

Varies

The Details: Don’t forget about the spouse’s club at your duty station. They might offer a scholarship you can apply for too.

Please keep in mind that some of these application deadlines have passed or will have passed when you read about them. Make sure to be aware of when the application window opens back up for the next year.