The Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant

iraq and afghanistan service grant

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 come into play. This grant 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?

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

Pell Grant Eligibility – Pell Grants are awarded to undergraduate students who display exceptional financial need and have not earned a bachelor’s, graduate, or professional degree.  There are some cases where a student enrolled in a post-baccalaureate teacher certification program might be able to receive a Federal Pell Grant.  You can read more about the Pell Grant at Pell Grant: Everything You Need to Know on College Recon.

In addition, to be eligible your 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 also will need to be under 24 years of age or be enrolled in college at least part-time at the time of your parent or guardian’s death.

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

In order to apply for this grant, you will need to submit a FAFSA form and do this for 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. For the 2022-2023 school year, the amount is $6,895.

It is important to note that due to the Budget Control Act of 2011, the 2021-2022 Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant that is first disbursed on or after October 1, 2021, and before October 1st, 2022, is reduced by 5.7%. The amount for the 2021-2022 school year is $6,495.

How do you receive the Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant?

You would receive payment like you would with the Pell Grant. The exact date depends on your school and that varies. Some give out the money more quickly than others.

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.






Army ROTC Scholarships and List of Colleges

Army ROTC: Scholarships, Colleges and Requirements

There are a number of paths to becoming a Commissioned Officer in the United States Army. One of the most well-known is the Army ROTC scholarship program. ROTC is an acronym for Reserve Officer Training Corps. This program is available at over 1,100 military friendly colleges and universities nationwide. Some of these schools you may have heard of:

Army ROTC Scholarships

One of the most attractive prospects of the ROTC program is the ability for students to attend college with no tuition debt. Scholarships and stipends in Army ROTC pay for college courses and help students focus on getting their degree.

ROTC scholarships pay full tuition!

These scholarships are available for:

  • High school students
  • Students currently in college
  • Enlisted soldiers who wish to become commissioned officers but do not meet the education requirements.

Scholarships are awarded based on a student’s merit and grades, NOT on financial need.

Since the cost of tuition is not standard across the country, the amount of tuition paid by each scholarship depends on the school you attend. The ROTC program is intended to pay full tuition expenses in exchange for service in the Army after graduation, as an officer in either the Active or Reserve Components.

Army ROTC Scholarships consist of:

  • Two-, three-, and four-year scholarship options based on the time remaining to complete your degree
  • Full-tuition scholarships
  • The option for room and board in place of tuition, if you qualify
  • A $420 monthly stipend
  • $600 per semester for books ($1200 annually)
  • Language Courses – up to $3,000 per academic year to study strategic languages

Use this location tool to find Army ROTC Colleges.

The application window for each scholarship year ends in early February. So, for students graduating high school in 2022, your application window will open later this year and close in February 2022.

Four-Year College Scholarships

This option is mainly for high school students planning on attending a four-year college program. Read the following information on Requirements and Commitments.

Three-Year College Scholarships

This program is available for students already enrolled in college with three academic years remaining. The following page covers the program’s Requirements.

Two-Year College Scholarships

This program is tailored to those students who have already completed half of their degree and only have two academic years remaining. Here are the Requirements for the program.

Hip Pocket Scholarships

The Army ROTC program also has a Green to Gold Hip Pocket Scholarship Program that provides selected Soldiers the opportunity to complete their undergraduate degree requirements and obtain a commission by participating in the ROTC program. 

Each year, division commanders may nominate deserving Soldiers for two, three, and four year Green to Gold scholarships. Here are the enrollment options for Green to Gold:

    • Green to Gold Scholarship Option – For Soldiers who are considering leaving Active Duty to attend college while receiving full tuition or room and board, flat rate book payment and a monthly stipend.
    • Green to Gold Active Duty Option – For Soldiers who want to remain on Active Duty and attend college.
    • Green to Gold Non-Scholarship – For Soldiers who are considering leaving Active Duty to attend college while receiving a monthly stipend.

Download the Hip Pocket Guide to get started. You will also want to check out the Green to Gold Scholarship Application booklet.


Army ROTC Scholarship Eligibility Requirements

In order to be accepted for any ROTC Scholarship, you must meet these standards:

  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Be between the ages of 17 and 26
  • Have a high school GPA of at least 2.50
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent
  • Score a minimum of 1000 on the SAT (math/verbal) or 19 on the ACT (excluding the required writing test scores)
  • Pass the Army fitness test
  • Meet the physical weight and height requirements
  • Agree to accept a commission and serve in the Army on Active Duty or in Army Reserve or Army National Guard

Army ROTC Commitment

By accepting this scholarship, you agree to a commitment of

  • 8 years in the Army, Army Reserve, or Army National Guard
  • You may be eligible to serve part time while pursuing a civilian career immediately after graduation

Important Dates

Applications opened June 12, 2021. The Army ROTC National Scholarship Board will review applications for the 2021-2022 school year on:

  • Oct. 18-22, 2021
  • Jan. 24-28, 2022
  • Mar. 14-18, 2022

Simultaneous Membership Program

The Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP) allows you to attend Army ROTC and serve in the U.S. Army Reserve or Army National Guard at the same time. This option gives you the opportunity for additional training and experience. Cadets will serve as officer trainees in the Army Reserve or National Guard while completing college. This option also allows you to earn Army Reserve/National Guard pay and benefits in addition to your Army ROTC allowances.

Army Partnership for Youth Success Program

The Partnership for Youth Success (PaYS) program is a strategic Army marketing and recruiting program that establishes partnership programs with a cross-section of U.S. industries and public sector agencies. ROTC Cadets enrolled in the PaYS program are eligible for a job interview and possible employment after college requirements and commissioning.

Learn more about the Army PaYS program.

Living Expenses

Army ROTC scholarships provide a $420 per month living allowance for each school year. Non-scholarship Cadets in ROTC advanced courses (juniors & seniors) also receive this allowance.


There is a ton of information on the Army’s ROTC website, but if you’re looking for something specific, the best place to start is their ROTC FAQs webpage. 

If you are curious about what degree programs Cadets can select, or your service obligation after graduation, then check out those FAQs.


In order to apply for any of the Army’s ROTC programs, you will need to register for a Account. Don’t miss another opportunity to get that degree!

Read on to check out the most current list of ROTC colleges and universities!

Army ROTC Colleges List, by state

Follow the links to the ROTC pages for each school. They will provide more specific information for each program.


Alabama A&M University

  • Athens State University
  • University of Alabama – Huntsville

Auburn University

Auburn University at Montgomery

  • Alabama State University
  • Huntington College
  • Troy University

Jacksonville State University

Marion Military Institute

The University of Alabama

  • Stillman College

Tuskegee University

University of Alabama – Birmingham

  • Birmingham Southern College
  • Miles College
  • Samford University
  • University of Montevallo

University of North Alabama

University of South Alabama



University of Alaska – Fairbanks

University of Alaska – Anchorage


Arizona State University

  • Grand Canyon University

Northern Arizona University

  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Prescott
  • Coconino Community College

University of Arizona

  • Pima Community College


Arkansas State University

  • Harding University
  • Lyon College
  • Arkansas State University – Beebe

University of Arkansas

  • John Brown University
  • Northeastern State University

University of Arkansas – Pine Bluff

  • Henderson State University
  • Ouachita Baptist University

University of Central Arkansas

  • Arkansas Tech University
  • Philander Smith College
  • Hendrix College
  • Central Baptist College


California Polytechnic State University – San Luis Obispo

California State University – Fresno

California State University – Fullerton

  • Biola University
  • Cerritos College
  • Chapman University
  • Cypress College
  • Fullerton College
  • Golden West College
  • Mount San Antonio College
  • Orange Coast College
  • Rancho Santiago College
  • Vanguard University
  • Whittier College

Claremont-McKenna College

  • Azusa Pacific University
  • California Baptist University
  • California State Polytechnic University – Pomona
  • California State University – San Bernardino
  • Chaffey College
  • Citrus College
  • Harvey Mudd College – Claremont
  • Loma Linda University – Loma Linda
  • Mount San Antonio College
  • Occidental College
  • Pitzer College
  • Pomona College – Claremont
  • Scripps College – Claremont
  • University of California at Riverside – Riverside
  • University of La Verne
  • University of Redlands – Redlands

San Diego State University

  • California State University San Marcos
  • Grossmont College
  • Mesa College
  • Mira Costa College
  • Miramar College
  • Palomar College
  • Point Loma Nazarene College
  • Southwestern College
  • University of California – San Diego
  • University of San Diego

Santa Clara University

  • Foothills College
  • Mission College
  • San Jose State University
  • Stanford University
  • West Valley College

University of California – Berkeley

  • California State University East Bay
  • Saint Mary’s College
  • Mills College

University of California – Davis

  • California State University – Sacramento
  • Simpson University

University of California – Los Angeles

  • California State – Los Angeles
  • Loyola Marymount University – Los Angeles
  • Pepperdine University
  • The Master’s College
  • California State University – Northridge
  • California Lutheran University

University of California – Santa Barbara

  • California State University Channel Islands
  • Westmont College
  • Santa Barbara City College

University of San Francisco

University of Southern California

  • California State University – Dominguez Hills
  • California State University – Long Beach


Colorado State University

  • The University of Northern Colorado
  • Front Range Community College – Larimer Campus

University of Colorado – Boulder

  • Colorado Christian University
  • Colorado School of Mines
  • Colorado Technical University
  • Metropolitan State College of Denver
  • Regis University
  • University of Colorado at Denver
  • University of Denver

University of Colorado at Colorado Springs

  • Colorado Christian University
  • Colorado State University of Pueblo
  • Colorado Technical University
  • DeVry University – Colorado Springs Campus
  • National American University
  • Regis University
  • University of Phoenix


University of Connecticut

University of New Haven


University of Delaware

  • Delaware State University
  • Wesley College
  • Salisbury State University
  • University of Maryland Eastern Shore
  • Wilmington College
  • Lincoln University (PA)


Georgetown University

  • American University
  • Catholic University of America
  • George Washington University

Howard University

  • University of the District of Columbia
  • Trinity University
  • Corcoran College of Art and Design


Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

  • Bethune-Cookman College
  • Stetson University

Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University

Florida Institute of Technology

  • Eastern Florida State College

Florida International University

  • Barry University
  • Broward College
  • Florida Atlantic University
  • Florida Memorial University
  • NOVA Southeastern University
  • Miami Dade College
  • Palm Beach Atlantic University
  • University of Miami

Florida Southern College

  • Southeastern University
  • Polk State College

Florida State University

University of Central Florida

University of Florida

  • Santa Fe College
  • University of North Florida

University of South Florida

  • Clearwater Christian College
  • Saint Leo University
  • Saint Pete College

University of Tampa

University of West Florida


Columbus State University

Fort Valley State University

  • Albany State University

Georgia Institute of Technology

  • Agnes Scott College
  • Emory University
  • Kennesaw State University
  • Southern Polytechnic State University

Georgia Military College

  • Georgia College State University
  • Mercer University

Augusta University

  • USC – Aiken
  • Troy University – Augusta
  • Paine College

Georgia Southern University

  • Armstrong Atlantic State University
  • Savannah State University

Georgia State University

  • Clark Atlanta University
  • Clayton State University
  • Morehouse College
  • Spelman College

University of North Georgia

University of Georgia


University of Hawaii at Manoa

  • Brigham Young University – Hawaii
  • Chaminade University of Honolulu
  • Hawaii Pacific University


Boise State University

  • Brigham Young University – Idaho
  • Idaho State University
  • Northwest Nazarene University

University of Idaho

  • Lewis-Clark State College


Eastern Illinois University

Illinois State University

Northern Illinois University

Southern Illinois – Carbondale

Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville

  • McKendree College
  • Southwestern Illinois College
  • Lewis and Clark College

University of Illinois – Chicago

  • Chicago State University
  • DePaul University
  • Illinois Institute of Technology
  • Indiana University Northwest
  • Northeastern Illinois University
  • Purdue University – Calumet
  • Robert Morris College

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Western Illinois University

  • Monmouth College

Wheaton College

  • Olivet Nazarene University
  • Lewis University
  • North Central College
  • Benedictine University
  • Aurora University
  • DeVry University – Addison
  • University of St. Francis
  • Elmhurst College

Loyola University

  • DePaul
  • Northwestern
  • North Park
  • Northeastern
  • Resurrection University


Ball State University

  • Indiana University-Purdue University at Fort Wayne
  • Indiana Wesleyan University

Indiana University – Purdue University at Indianapolis (IUPUI)

  • Butler University
  • Franklin College
  • Marian College
  • University of Indianapolis

Indiana University at Bloomington

Purdue University

  • Wabash College

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

  • DePauw University
  • Indiana State University
  • University of Evansville
  • University of Southern Indiana

University of Notre Dame

  • Bethel College
  • Holy Cross College
  • Indiana University of South Bend (IUSB)
  • Saint Mary’s College
  • Valparaiso University


Iowa State University

  • Drake University
  • Grand View College
  • Buena Vista University

University of Iowa

  • Coe College

University of Northern Iowa

  • University of Dubuque
  • Loras College


Kansas State University

Pittsburg State University

  • Wichita State University
  • Garden City Community College

University of Kansas

  • Baker University
  • Haskell Indian Nations University
  • Johnson County Community College
  • Kansas City Kansas Community College
  • Mid-American Nazarene College
  • University of Saint Mary College
  • Washburn University of Topeka


Eastern Kentucky University

  • Union College
  • University of the Cumberlands

Morehead State University

University of Kentucky

  • Asbury University
  • Centre College
  • Transylvania University
  • Georgetown College
  • Midway College
  • Kentucky State University

University of Louisville

  • Bellarmine University
  • Indiana University Southeast
  • Spalding University

Western Kentucky University


Grambling State University

  • Louisiana Tech University
  • University of Louisiana at Monroe

Louisiana State University

Northwestern State University

Southern University and A&M College

Tulane University


University of Maine

  • Colby College
  • Husson College
  • Thomas College
  • University of Maine at Augusta


Bowie State University

Loyola University Maryland

  • Goucher College
  • Towson State University
  • College of Notre Dame of Maryland

McDaniel College

  • Hood College
  • Mount St. Mary’s University

Morgan State University

  • Coppin State University

The Johns Hopkins University

  • Maryland Institute College of Art
  • Stevenson University
  • University of Baltimore
  • University of Maryland at Baltimore
  • University of Maryland – Baltimore County

University of Maryland at College Park

  • University of Maryland University College


Boston University

  • Babson College
  • Bentley College
  • Brandeis University
  • Bridgewater State College
  • Curry College
  • Eastern Nazarene College
  • Fisher College
  • Massachusetts Maritime Academy
  • Stonehill College
  • University of Massachusetts – Boston
  • University of Massachusetts – Dartmouth

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

  • Endicott College
  • Gordon College
  • Harvard University
  • Salem State College
  • Tufts University
  • Wellesley College

Northeastern University

  • Berklee College of Music
  • Boston College
  • Emerson College
  • Emmanuel College
  • Framington State University
  • Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
  • Northeastern University
  • Regis College
  • Simmons College
  • Suffolk University
  • Wentworth Institute of Technology

University of Massachusetts

  • American International College
  • Amherst College
  • Hampshire
  • Mount Holyoke College
  • Smith College
  • Springfield College
  • Western New England University
  • Westfield State College

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

  • Anna Maria College
  • Assumption College
  • Becker College
  • Clark University
  • College of the Holy Cross
  • Daniel Webster College
  • Fitchburg State College
  • Nichols College
  • University of Massachusetts – Lowell
  • Worcester State College


Central Michigan University

  • Ferris State University at Big Rapids Michigan
  • Northwood University
  • Saginaw Valley State University
  • Alma College

Eastern Michigan University

  • University of Detroit Mercy

Michigan State University

Michigan Technological University

  • Finlandia University

Northern Michigan University

University of Michigan

  • University of Michigan – Dearborn
  • University of Michigan – Flint
  • Wayne State University

Western Michigan University

  • Calvin College
  • Grand Valley State University
  • Davenport University
  • Albion College
  • Cornerstone
  • Hope College
  • Aquinas College
  • Olivet College


Minnesota State University – Mankato

  • Bethany Lutheran College
  • Gustavus Adolphus College

Saint John’s University

  • College of Saint Benedict
  • Saint Cloud State University

University of Minnesota – Twin Cities

  • Augsburg College
  • Bethel University
  • Concordia University
  • Crown College
  • Hamline University
  • Macalester College
  • Metropolitan State University
  • St. Catherine University
  • North Central University
  • University of Northwestern – St. Paul
  • University of St. Thomas


Alcorn State University

Jackson State University

  • Mississippi College
  • Mississippi Valley State University
  • University of MC School of Nursing

Mississippi State University

University of Mississippi

University of Southern Mississippi

  • William Carey College


Lincoln University

Missouri State University

  • College of the Ozarks
  • Drury University
  • Evangel University
  • Southwest Baptist University

Missouri University of Science and Technology

Missouri Western State University

  • Benedictine College
  • Northwest Missouri State University
  • Rockhurst College
  • University of Missouri – Kansas City (UMKC)

Truman State University

University of Central Missouri

University of Missouri – Columbia

  • Central Methodist University
  • Columbia College

Washington University in Saint Louis

  • Lindenwood University
  • University of Missouri Saint Louis
  • Saint Louis University
  • Webster University
  • Missouri Baptist University
  • Maryville University
  • Harris-Stowe State University
  • Fontbonne University


Montana State University

  • MSU Billings
  • Rocky Mountain College

University of Montana

  • Carroll College


Creighton University

  • University of Nebraska – Omaha

University of Nebraska – Lincoln

  • University of Nebraska – Kearney
  • Doane University
  • Nebraska Wesleyan University
  • Concordia University

Chadron State College


University of Nevada – Reno

  • University of Nevada – Las Vegas

New Hampshire

University of New Hampshire

  • Colby-Sawyer College
  • Daniel Webster College
  • Franklin Pierce College
  • Keene State College
  • Plymouth State College
  • Saint Anslem College
  • Saint Joseph’s College
  • Southern New Hampshire University
  • University of New England
  • University of Southern Maine

New Jersey

Princeton University

  • The College of New Jersey
  • Rowan University
  • Rutgers University – Camden

Rutgers University

Seton Hall University

  • Bloomfield College
  • Caldwell College
  • Drew University
  • Fairleigh Dickinson University
  • Kean University
  • Montclair State University
  • New Jersey City University
  • New Jersey Institute of Technology
  • Ramapo College
  • Rutgers University – Newark
  • Saint Peter’s College
  • Stevens Institute of Technology
  • Union County College
  • University of Medicine & Dentistry of NJ
  • William Paterson University

New Mexico

New Mexico Military Institute

New Mexico State University

University of New Mexico

New York

Canisius College

  • SUNY Buffalo
  • SUNY Buffalo State
  • Daemen
  • D’Youville
  • Medaille
  • Hilbert

City University of New York (CUNY)

  • Baruch College
  • Brooklyn College
  • The City College of New York
  • College of Staten Island
  • Hunter College
  • John Jay College of Criminal Justice
  • Lehman College
  • Medgar Evers College
  • New York City College of Technology
  • Queens College
  • York College

Clarkson University

  • SUNY Canton
  • SUNY Potsdam
  • Saint Lawrence University

Cornell University

  • Elmira College
  • Ithaca College
  • SUNY Binghamton
  • SUNY College at Cortland

Fordham University

  • Baruch College
  • CUNY Baruch College
  • CUNY Hunter College
  • CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice
  • CUNY LaGuardia
  • CUNY Lehman College
  • CUNY York College
  • City College
  • College of Aeronautics
  • College of Mount Saint Vincent
  • College of New Rochelle
  • Columbia University
  • Columbia University Teachers College
  • Cooper Union
  • Fairleigh Dickinson University
  • Iona College
  • Long Island University
  • Manhattan College
  • Manhattanville College
  • Marist College
  • Marymount College
  • Mercy College
  • Monroe College
  • Mount Saint Mary’s College
  • New School for Social Research
  • New York Law School
  • New York University
  • Pace University – New York
  • Polytechnic University
  • Pratt Institute
  • Saint Francis College
  • Vassar College
  • Wagner College
  • Marist College
  • SUNY New Paltz

Hofstra University

  • Adelphi University
  • Dowling College
  • Long Island University – C.W. Post
  • Molloy College
  • SUNY Stony Brook
  • SUNY Farmingdale
  • SUNY Old Westbury
  • New York Institute of Technology
  • Nassau Community College
  • Suffolk Community College

Niagara University

  • Buffalo State College

Rochester Institute of Technology

  • University of Rochester
  • Nazareth College
  • Monroe Community College
  • Saint John Fisher College
  • SUNY College at Geneseo
  • Finger Lakes Community College

SUNY Brockport

Saint Bonaventure University

  • Houghton College
  • University of Pittsburgh at Bradford
  • Alfred University
  • SUNY Jamestown Community College
  • SUNY Alfred State

Saint John’s University New York

  • Brooklyn College
  • CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice
  • Columbia University
  • Medgar Evers College
  • Pace University – New York
  • Queens College
  • College of Staten Island
  • Wagner College
  • York College

Siena College

  • Albany Law School
  • College of Saint Rose
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Russell Sage College
  • SUNY Albany
  • Union College

Syracuse University

  • Cazenovia College
  • Colgate University
  • Hamilton College
  • Lemoyne College
  • SUNY College at Oswego
  • SUNY College of Environment Science & Forestry
  • SUNY College of Technology
  • SUNY at Morrisville
  • Utica College

North Carolina

Appalachian State University

Campbell University

  • Fayetteville State University
  • Methodist College
  • University of North Carolina at Pembroke

Duke University

  • North Carolina Central University

East Carolina University

Elizabeth City State College

North Carolina A&T State University

  • Elon University
  • Guilford College
  • High Point University
  • University of North Carolina – Greensboro

North Carolina State University

Saint Augustine’s University

  • North Carolina Wesleyan College
  • William Peace University
  • Shaw University

University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill

University of North Carolina – Charlotte

  • Belmont Abbey College
  • Davidson College (ROTC Cadets receive 50% room and board)
  • Gardner-Webb University (ROTC Cadets receive 100% room and board)
  • Pfeiffer University
  • Queens University of Charlotte
  • Wingate University
  • Winthrop University
  • Central Piedmont Community College

Wake Forest University

  • Salem College
  • Winston-Salem State University

North Dakota

North Dakota State University

  • Concordia College
  • Minnesota State University – Moorhead

University of North Dakota


Bowling Green State University

  • Heidelberg College
  • Ohio Northern University
  • Tiffin University
  • University of Findlay
  • University of Northwestern Ohio
  • Mercy College

Capital University

  • Denison University
  • Franklin University
  • Ohio Dominican University
  • Otterbein University
  • DeVry University
  • Columbus State Community College
  • Ohio Wesleyan University

Central State University

  • Cedarville University
  • Wilberforce University
  • Urbana University

John Carroll University

  • Baldwin Wallace University
  • Case Western Reserve University
  • Cleveland State University
  • Notre Dame College of Ohio
  • Ursuline College

Kent State University

  • Mount Union College
  • Youngstown State University

Ohio University

The Ohio State University

The University of Akron

The University of Toledo

  • Lourdes University, OH
  • Adrian College, MI

University of Cincinnati

University of Dayton

Wright State University

Xavier University


Cameron University

Oklahoma State University

University of Central Oklahoma

University of Oklahoma


Oregon State University

  • Corban College
  • Western Oregon University
  • Willamette University

University of Oregon

  • Southern Oregon University
  • Eastern Washington University

University of Portland

  • Lewis and Clark College
  • Portland State University
  • Washington State University
  • Eastern Oregon University


Bucknell University

  • Bloomsburg University of PA
  • Lycoming College
  • Pennsylvania College of Technology
  • Susquehanna University

Dickinson College

  • Franklin and Marshall College
  • Gettysburg College
  • Millersville University
  • Pennsylvania State University – Harrisburg

Drexel University

  • LaSalle University
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Saint Joseph’s University
  • Thomas Jefferson University
  • University of the Sciences – Philadelphia

Edinboro University of Pennsylvania

  • Allegheny College

Gannon University

  • Mercyhurst College
  • Penn State Erie, the Behrend College

Indiana University of Pennsylvania

  • St. Francis University
  • Mount Aloysius College
  • University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown

Lehigh University

  • Albright College
  • Alvernia University
  • DeSales University
  • Kutztown University
  • Lafayette College
  • Lehigh Carbon Community College
  • Moravian College
  • Muhlenberg College
  • Northampton Community College
  • Pennsylvania State University – Berks
  • Pennsylvania State University – Lehigh Valley

Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania

  • Mansfield University of Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania State University

  • PSU – Hazleton
  • PSU – Altoona

Shippensburg University

  • Pennsylvania State University – Mont Alto
  • Wilson College

Slippery Rock University

  • Westminster College

Temple University

University of Pittsburgh

  • California University of Pennsylvania
  • Washington & Jefferson College
  • Duquesne University
  • LaRoche College
  • Point Park University
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Robert Morris University
  • Franciscan University of Steubenville Ohio
  • University of Pittsburgh – Greensburg
  • Saint Vincent College
  • Seton Hill University

University of Scranton

  • Baptist Bible College
  • East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania
  • Keystone College
  • King’s College
  • Lackawanna College
  • Luzerne County Community College
  • Marywood University
  • Misericordia University
  • Pennsylvania State University – Wilkes-Barre
  • Pennsylvania State University – Worthington
  • Wilkes University

Valley Forge MIlitary College

Widener University

  • Cheyney University
  • Neumann University
  • Penn State Brandywine
  • Pennsylvania State University – Abington
  • Villanova University
  • West Chester University

Rhode Island

Providence College

  • Bryant University
  • Brown University
  • Johnson and Wales University
  • Rhode Island School of Design
  • Rhode Island College
  • University of Massachusetts – Dartmouth
  • Community College of Rhode Island
  • Bristol Community College

University of Rhode Island

  • Roger Williams University
  • Salve Regina University

South Carolina

Clemson University

  • Anderson College
  • Tri County Tech College

Furman University

  • North Greenville College

Presbyterian College

  • Lander University
  • Newberry College

South Carolina State University

  • Claflin University
  • Denmark Technical
  • Voorhees College

The Citadel

  • Charleston Southern University
  • College of Charleston

University of South Carolina

  • Benedict College
  • Coastal Carolina University
  • Francis Marion University
  • Morris College

Wofford College

  • Limestone College
  • University of South Carolina Upstate

South Dakota

South Dakota School of Mines

  • Black Hills State University
  • National American University

South Dakota State University

University of South Dakota

  • Mount Marty College


Austin Peay State University

Carson-Newman University

  • Lincoln Memorial University

East Tennessee State University

Middle Tennessee State University

Tennessee Tech University

The University of Memphis

  • Christian Brothers University
  • Rhodes College

University of Tennessee at Knoxville

  • University of Tennessee – Chattanooga

University of Tennessee at Martin

  • Bethel University
  • Freed Hardeman University
  • Lane College
  • Murray State University

Vanderbilt University

  • Belmont University
  • Fisk University
  • Lipscomb University
  • Tennessee State University
  • Trevacca Nazarene University
  • Welch College


Prairie View A&M University

Saint Mary’s University

  • Our Lady of the Lake University
  • Saint Phillip’s College
  • University of the Incarnate Word
  • Trinity
  • Northeast Lakeview

Sam Houston State University

Stephen F. Austin State University

  • Angelina College

Tarleton State University

  • Central Texas College
  • Texas A&M University – Central Texas
  • University of Mary Hardin Baylor

Texas A&M University – College Station

Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi

  • Del Mar College

Texas A&M University – Kingsville

  • Texas A&M International University

Texas Christian University

  • Baylor University

Texas State University

Texas Tech University

  • Lubbock Christian University
  • Wayland Baptist University

The University of Texas at Arlington

  • Dallas Baptist University
  • Southern Methodist University
  • Texas A&M at Commerce
  • University of Dallas
  • University of Texas at Dallas

The University of Texas at Austin

  • Concordia University at Austin
  • Huston-Tillitson College
  • Saint Edward’s University

University of Houston

  • Houston Baptist University
  • Texas Southern University
  • Texas Women’s University
  • University of Houston – Downtown
  • University of Saint Thomas
  • University of Texas Health Science Center
  • William Marsh Rice University

University of Texas – El Paso

University of Texas – Rio Grande Valley

  • University of Texas at Brownsville
  • South Texas College

University of Texas at San Antonio

  • San Antonio College
  • University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio
  • Palo Alto College
  • Northwest Vista College
  • Wayland Baptist University
  • Texas A&M San Antonio


Brigham Young University

  • Dixie State University
  • Southern Utah University
  • Utah Valley University

University of Utah

  • Westminster College

Weber State University

  • Utah State University


Norwich University

  • Dartmouth College

University of Vermont

  • Castleton State College
  • Champlain College
  • Johnson State College
  • Middlebury College
  • Saint Michael’s College


College of William and Mary

  • Christopher Newport University

George Mason University

Hampton University

James Madison University

Norfolk State University

Old Dominion University

  • Virginia Wesleyan College

University of Richmond

  • Hampden-Sydney College
  • Longwood University
  • Randolph Macon College
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Virginia Union University

University of Virginia

  • Liberty University

Virginia Military Institute

  • Mary Baldwin College
  • Washington and Lee University

Virginia State University

Virginia Tech

  • Radford University


Central Washington University

Eastern Washington University

Gonzaga University

  • Whitworth University

Pacific Lutheran University

  • Central Washington University Tacoma – Pierce College
  • St. Martin’s University – Lacey
  • University of Puget Sound – Tacoma
  • University of Washington Tacoma Campus – Tacoma

Seattle University

University of Washington

  • Northwest University
  • Seattle Pacific University

Washington State University

West Virginia

Marshall University

West Virginia State University

  • University of Charleston
  • West Virginia University Institute of Technology

West Virginia University

  • Fairmont State College
  • Waynesburg College


Marquette University

  • Carroll College
  • Milwaukee School of Engineering
  • University of Wisconsin – Concordia
  • University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee
  • University of Wisconsin – Parkside

University of Wisconsin – La Crosse

  • Saint Mary’s College of Minnesota
  • Viterbo University
  • Winona State University

University of Wisconsin – Madison

  • University of Wisconsin – Whitewater
  • Maranatha Baptist University
  • Edgewood College

University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh

  • Bellin College of Nursing
  • Marian College of Fon Du Lac
  • Ripon College
  • Saint Norbert College
  • University of Wisconsin – Green Bay

University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point

  • University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire
  • University of Wisconsin – River Falls
  • University of Wisconsin – Stout


University of Wyoming

Puerto Rico

University of Puerto Rico – Mayaguez

  • University of Virgin Islands – St. Croix

University of Puerto Rico – Rio Piedras


University of Guam

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10 Scholarships for Marines and Their Families

Scholarships for Marines and Their Families

Going to college or seeking a professional certification or license can be a costly endeavor. Luckily, there are scholarship opportunities for Marines, their children, and their spouses. Check out these ten scholarship opportunities that can make enrolling in a military friendly college more cost-efficient, so you can pursue your career goals.

The Marine Reserve Officers Training Corps (Marine ROTC)

The Marine ROTC Program is done in conjunction with normal college or university courses. The scholarship offers full tuition coverage, a $750 stipend for textbooks per academic year, and a monthly subsistence allowance based on the year of college. This scholarship opportunity is available for two-year, three-year, and four-year college degree programs.

To be eligible for this scholarship opportunity you must qualify physically by the Marine Corps standards, have no criminal record, and possess a qualifying score on a college entrance exam. Visit their website to learn more or apple for the scholarship.

Naval-Marine Corps Relief Society Education Assistance

This education assistance program consists of interest-free loans and grants for undergraduate and master’s degree students attending an accredited two-year or four-year post-secondary, technical, or vocational institution within the United States. The program assistance ranges from $500 to $3,000 per academic year. The funds received through the program can be used for room and board, tuition, books, and other fees. You will be able to apply for the 2022-2023 school year on January 1, 2022. Check their website for more details.

Who’s Eligible

    • Children of active duty or retired Sailors and Marines
    • Spouses of active duty or retired Sailors and Marines
    • Children of deceased Sailors or Marines
    • Marine Corps Enlisted Commissioning Education Program (MECEP) or MECP students

Marines’ Memorial Family Scholarship

The Marines’ Memorial Association provides eight Scholarships a year typically ranging from $2,500 to $5,000. To qualify you will need to provide two reference letters, provide your most recent transcripts, provide a 500-word response to two application questions, and be currently attending a full-time accredited undergraduate program. Applications are usually due in April. Visit their website for more details.

Who’s Eligible

    • Member of the Marines’ Memorial
    • A child of a member
    • A grandchild of a member

Marines’ Memorial Tribute Scholarship

The Marines’ Memorial Tribute Scholarships hands out eight scholarships a year between $2,500 and $5,000. To qualify you must be a full-time student attending an accredited non-profit undergraduate program or graduate program within the United States. To qualify you will need to provide your most recent transcripts, DD-214, two reference letters, and a 500-word response to two application questions, Applications are generally due in April. Please visit their website to learn more.

Who’s Eligible

    • Those who have honorably served in any branch of the US Armed Forces and EAS’ed or moved to reserve status in the past three years

Women Marines Association Scholarship (WMA)

The scholarships amounts are either $1,500 or $3,000. The grant can be used at any accredited university, college, or college-level trade school. You can receive two scholarships consisting of $1,500 or one of $3,000. The application period is February 1st through February 28th. To be considered you will need to be sponsored by a WMA member. Visit their website for program details.

Who’s Eligible

    • Those who have served
    • Currently serving in the United States Marine Corps or Reserve
    • Direct descendant
    • Siblings
    • A descendant of a sibling
    • Marine Corps JROTC program participants

Direct descendants, siblings, descendants of siblings must be of blood relation, legally adopted, or a stepchild of a Marine who honorably served in the United States or who is currently on active duty.

Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation (MCSF)

The scholarship amounts are generally between $1,500 to $10,000 per year. Scholarships awarded to surviving Marine Corps children can receive up to $20,000 each. The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation (MCSF) is renewable for up to four years. Applicants will need to provide a Statement of Service or a DD-214, the college must be listed on the National Center for Education Statistic’s College Navigator, gross income is less than $103,000, the application must be completed every year, scholarships are for undergraduate study only. Students are required to maintain a 2.0 GPA to remain eligible. Members who were dishonorably discharged are not eligible. Check the program details here.

Who’s Eligible

Child of:

      • Active duty, veteran, or reserve of Marine Corps
      • Marine killed while serving in the Marine Corps
      • Active duty, veteran, or reserve Navy Corpsman who is attached to a Marine Corps unit
      • Active duty, veteran, or reserve Navy Corpsman who was killed while serving with a Marine Corps unit
      • Navy Chaplain or Religious Programs Specialist who is attached to a Marine Corps unit
      • Navy Chaplain or Religious Programs Specialist who was killed while serving with a Marine Corps unit

1st Marine Division Association Scholarships Fund

The Scholarship award amounts can be up to $2,500. The scholarships are for those pursuing bachelor’s degrees at accredited four-year or two-year colleges and universities. Vocational-tech schools are also eligible. Students will need to submit a Standard Form 180 to verify service in the First Marine Division. Visit their program website for more details.

Who’s Eligible

    • Dependents of deceased or missing in action veterans of the 1st Marine Division
    • Dependents of 100% disabled veterans of the 1st Marine Division
    • Children of active members of the 1st Marine Division Association

Marine Corps Tankers Association Scholarship Program

Eligible applicants must be a graduating high school senior or a full-time student at an accredited junior college, four-year college, or university. Scholarship recipients may apply for the scholarship for four years and will need to show increased achievements on each new application. Applicants will need to include an application form, essay, proof of full-time student status, official school transcripts and status, two letters of recommendation, and showcase extracurricular or school activities. The committee will evaluate and approve based on need. Applications are due no later than March 30 each year. Visit their website for more information.

Who’s Eligible

    • Children of Marine Corps Tankers
    • Spouse of Marine Corps Tankers
    • Grandchildren of Marine Corps Tankers
    • Dependents of any military member who served in a Marine Corps Tank Battalion
    • Active-duty Marine Tanker or Marine serving with a Marine Tank Unit
    • Reserve Marine Tanker or Marine serving with a Marine Tank Unit

Marine Corps League National Scholarships

The scholarship is for students seeking undergraduate college degrees or technical school credentials on a full-time basis. Students must currently have a 3.0 GPA and be enrolled as a full-time student. You can receive the scholarship a maximum of four times, the scholarship must be applied for each year. Visit their website for more program details.

Who’s Eligible

    • Paid members of the Marine Corps League
    • Paid members of the Marine Corps League Auxiliary
    • Children of Marines, FMF Navy Corpsmen, and Navy Chaplains serving with a Marine Unit who was killed in action

National Military Family Association (NMFA)

The scholarship average award amount is $1,000. Applications are accepted year-round starting in October. This scholarship can be used for different education or career advancements such as college degrees, certifications, licensing, and business expenses. Visit their website for more details and to apply.

Who’s Eligible

    • Spouse of an Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Space Force, Coast Guard and Commissioned Corps of the USPHS and NOAA
    • Spouse of a retired, medically retired, wounded, or fallen military member (must have taken place after September 11, 2001)
    • Dual Service military spouse


Once you find the right scholarship make sure to carefully check the program details and requirements. It is important to meet program deadlines and submit the necessary documentation to meet the scholarship requirements and prove eligibility.


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Sending Your Child to College During Covid-19

Sending Your Child to College During Covid-19

The transition to campus life is a milestone military kids tend to excel at. Family separations and frequent moves have made them adaptable, mature, and resourceful. Spending four years on the same college campus without having to change schools is a prospect many find awesome.

Suddenly they’ve found themselves coming of age in the midst of a global pandemic. Spring semester has already been disrupted, impacting their social lives, activities, and traditions — not to mention their academics. Many students find distance learning difficult and dreary, and homes tend to be filled with distractions.

Fall is fast approaching and colleges and universities around the country are still making decisions about what to do. The challenge is there’s no uniform game plan. Some schools in the same geographic areas have radically different strategies.

Many Schools Still Planning on In-Person Fall Semesters

According to a July 5, 2020 article published by the Chronicle of Higher Education, 60% of colleges and universities are planning for an in-person fall semester, 23% are preparing an online-in-person hybrid plan, 8% are going online only, and the remaining 9% are still considering a range of scenarios and waiting to decide.

Helping your college-bound student sort out the situation and adjust to the new normal is no small task, especially if you’re new to navigating the world of higher education.

This situation has taken a toll on morale. According to a June 2020 survey by Junior Achievement and the PMI Educational Foundation, 49% of the Class of 2020 have changed their college plans as a result of the crisis, and 35% report they’re now less excited to go to college than they were before the pandemic.

Historically young people have flocked to colleges during recessions, but that currently isn’t the case. A significant number of students who’ve changed plans intend to work even though the job market is shaky. Taking a gap year for any reason is a serious decision because many students who opt for that break never return to school.

Commuter College

One popular option for staying safe and maintaining educational momentum during the pandemic is a commuter college. In addition to logistical practicality, it’s a money-saving choice.

If you’re foregoing the commuter route and sending your child away to college, you’ll need to set your minds for the new normal.

Getting Used to the New Normal

It’s especially important for students to know and understand the rules and policies up front because most schools will be taking a harder line than usual.

Students who chronically disobey the Covid-19 measures stand to be sent home. There’s a good reason for this. While young people tend to be less likely to get seriously ill from the virus, older faculty, staff members, and many citizens in the surrounding communities are vulnerable. Dining-hall staff and custodians, for example, not only face significant workplace risks, but many are part of vulnerable populations and/or live in multigenerational households.

10 Things You Can Probably Expect

  1. Virus testing will be mandatory and anyone testing positive will be quarantined.
  2. Social distancing will be in effect and face masks will be mandatory in some settings.
  3. Some common areas may be closed.
  4. Plastic barriers may be up in areas where it’s hard to stay apart.
  5. Dorms will will be nowhere near capacity.
  6. Single rooms will go to immuno-compromised students.
  7. Classroom desks will be arranged six feet apart. Forget big lectures in packed auditoriums.
  8. Class and dining hall schedules may be staggered.
  9. An outbreak could force classes back online.
  10. Some smaller schools may prohibit students from leaving campus.

In times like these, support from others who are facing the same challenges can be invaluable. If you’re sending a child to college this fall, you may want to join this closed and private Facebook Group: Military Kids: Growing, Going, Gone.

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States Offering In-State Tuition for Veterans After 3 Years from Discharge

States that Offer Veterans In-State Tuition Benefits

The Choice Act requires schools to allow non-resident veterans to qualify for in-state tuition for up to 3 years after their military service has ended.

For veterans to qualify for in-state tuition, they must use their Post 9/11 GI Bill within 3 years of separation from active duty service.

Beyond the Choice Act

While all states meet the Choice Act requirement and 27 states have passed laws that make veteran students eligible for in-state tuition beyond the 3-year limit, confusing and inconsistent laws remain in multiple states.

It stands to reason that amending the Choice Act will ensure that veterans have full access to the GI Bill benefit.

States That Offer Resident Tuition Beyond 3 Years to Veterans

All schools provide in-state tuition beyond the 3-year cap for veterans unless otherwise specified.

  • Florida – veterans, spouses and dependents all eligible beyond 3-year cap
  • Illinois
  • Iowa
  • Kentucky – veterans, spouses and dependents all eligible beyond 3-year cap
  • Maine
  • Maryland – veterans, spouses and dependents all eligible beyond 3-year cap
  • Michigan
  • Mississippi – veterans, spouses and dependents all eligible beyond 3-year cap
  • New Jersey – veterans, spouses and dependents all eligible beyond 3-year cap
  • New Mexico – veterans, spouses and dependents all eligible beyond 3-year cap
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio – provides additional in-state tuition option called “GI Promise.”  Requires one year of active duty.
  • Oregon – attend public university and show evidence of physical presence in state within 12 months of enrollment
  • Pennsylvania – veterans and dependents all eligible beyond 3-year cap at state-related and state-owned institutions of higher learning including community colleges
  • Rhode Island
  • South Dakota – provides free tuition for some veterans
  • Tennessee – at public university
  • Texas – requires proof of intent to live in Texas
  • Utah – for veterans and their immediate families attending USHE institution that live within the state or have proof of intent to live in Utah
  • Virginia
  • Wisconsin

States Granting Tuition with Limits Beyond 3 Years

These states are Choice Act compliant, however while they exceed Choice Act requirements, they are still inconsistent with the Forever GI Bill.

  • Alabama – Eligible for in-state tuition up to 5 years. After 5 years, veterans may qualify for in-state tuition if they live within 90 miles of an Alabama campus or attend an individual university that allows in-state tuition for active duty service members or veterans.
  • Alaska – University of Alaska system provides waiver for veterans eligible for the VA education benefit, their spouses, and dependents.  However, other public schools in Alaska do not.
  • Colorado – GI Promise Act offers in-state tuition adjustments, but not all veterans may qualify.
  • Connecticut – Covers 100% of tuition costs for veterans beyond the 3 year limit.
  • Delaware – University of Delaware provides waivers for qualified veterans. Offers benefits to dependents of POW or those MIA/KIA.
  • Georgia – Veterans are eligible for in-state tuition for up to 10 years.
  • Idaho – Veterans who meet requirements outlined in state statutes are eligible for non-resident tuition rates. These requirements are not consistent with the Choice Act.
  • New York – Veterans using Chapter 31 or 33 qualify for in-state tuition.
  • Nevada – Veterans and dependents are eligible for in-state tuition up to 5 years after separation from active duty.
  • Oklahoma – Veterans are eligible for in-state tuition for up to 5 years after separation from active duty.
  • US Virgin Islands – University of the Virgin Islands Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning Program provides free tuition to qualifying veterans.
  • Washington – State law lets individual institutions determine their own waiver program requirements and requires residency for in-state tuition.

States That Do Not Grant Resident Tuition Beyond 3 Years

These states are Choice Act compliant, but do not grant resident tuition beyond the Choice Act requirements.

  • Arizona
  • Arkansas – Scholarships for spouses and dependents of POWs or those MIA/KIA.
  • California – Offers tuition waivers to active duty service members, those living in the state a year prior to discharge, and dependents
  • District of Columbia
  • Hawaii
  • Indiana – Indiana University System provides in-state tuition to any veteran who enrolls and establishes residency within a year of separation from active duty.
  • Louisiana – Act 581 provides an alternative avenue for in-state tuition with more strict requirements than the Choice Act. Disabled veterans and dependents qualify for in-state tuition.
  • Massachusetts – Offers waivers for those who qualify as veterans and permanent legal residents under state law.
  • Missouri – Missouri Returning Heroes Act provides a $50 per credit hour cap on tuition rates for qualified combat veterans. Dependents of active duty service members and veterans are eligible for in-state tuition.
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • North Carolina – Some programs exist for dependents.
  • West Virginia – Only public universities comply with the Choice Act. Read West Virginia Veteran Benefits for more information.
  • South Carolina
  • New Hampshire – Some programs exist for dependents.
  • Vermont – Some programs exist for dependents.
  • Washington, DC
  • Wyoming

Choice Act Ready for an Upgrade

Legislation surrounding the GI Bill can be confusing and differ from state to state. Amending the Choice Act can support congruence between this act and the Forever GI Bill.

The Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act (Forever GI Bill) of 2017 allows veterans to use their Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits at any time after separation from active duty service.

Section 702 of the Veterans’ Access, Choice and Accountability (Choice) Act of 2014 requires schools to provide in-state tuition to eligible student veterans in order for the school to receive GI Bill funding.


For more detailed information on state-by-state benefits, refer to State Veterans Benefits for all 50 States and Territories.





Dependent’s Post-9/11 GI Bill Horror Story

Having to Repay GI Bill Benefits, When You Thought They Were Already Paid For

If one of your parents has served in the military and can receive Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits, they might be able to transfer those benefits to you. That way, you can pay for college to get the education you want. As a service member, being able to pass on these benefits is a huge perk to serving in the military, especially if you don’t plan on using them for yourself.

However, in an article from the Chicago Sun-Times, we read that Kelli Hower, 30 years old, and pregnant with her first child received a call from a debt collector. The collector was on a contract with the US Treasury Department, saying she owed the government $12,000 for her college tuition payments and living expenses.

A Huge Shock from the VA

This came as a huge shock.  For one, she never received notification from the VA that anything was owed by her. It turned out that the notices went to the wrong address. More than that, Hower had already used the benefits she had received.  She received the benefits from her father, Bruce Coxworth, who had served 22.5 years as a military police officer with the Army National Guard.

Her father had been told by the National Guard that he had fulfilled his commitments. He went on to split the benefits between his three children. Hower and one of her brothers used their share of the benefits first, but when her other brother went to use his, the VA told him no. The records showed that Coxworth was five months short of his service time that he would have needed in order to transfer his benefits to his children. Because he was in the National Guard, that would have been the equivalent of 10 drill days.

From the government’s point of view, Coxworth’s son owed them $18,000 and his daughter $12,000 plus any penalties and interest because of not even knowing about the debt until it went to a debt collector. Howler’s credit score dropped and her tax-return was garnished because of this.

Not the Only Ones

Kelli Hower and her father are not the only ones this has happened to. The Chicago Sun-Times heard from other families that have had to deal with this after an article about how a veteran’s daughter’s tuition was being cut off at DePaul was run.

Service members have been told that they can transfer their GI Bill to their spouse and children if they serve for a certain amount of time. Many will re-enlist or extend to do so. But, some have been given the wrong information, and in fact did not actually qualify, even though they assumed they did. Some did not even know this had happened until years later, which causes even more issues than if they had found out right away.

According to the article, some families have had their child’s college payments withdrawn, but were also being told the benefits were still there, as long as the veteran is the one to use them.

Coxworth is trying to get things cleared up or even get permission to come back and serve those 10 days that he is missing. However, this could take a while. This is a big problem, and one that could lead to many issues, issues that veterans and their children shouldn’t have to deal with.

A Better Way?

There has to be a better way to make sure that the service member knows exactly what they have to serve to qualify and to make sure nothing happens with the funds until that is official. Service members need to be told accurate information so they can fulfill their requirements, and be able to transfer benefits to help their family. They do not need to worry that things were not done correctly, which could cost them time and money down the line.

The Post-9/11 GI Bill Transferability Entitlement Act

The Post-9/11 GI Bill Transferability Entitlement Act was introduced in the House in December 2019. It was referred to the Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity in January. This bill would allow service members who have served at least 10 years to be able to transfer their benefits. Both the Enlisted Association of the National Guard of the United States, and the Reserve Enlisted Association are backing the bill. Maybe, these types of bills can help avoid these frustrations in the future.

When there are issues with GI Bill payments, it can cause extremely high and unexpected debt and bills, and service members and veterans shouldn’t have to face those because of mistakes that had been made in the past.






Education Savings Act for Military Families

Did you know that by the time most military children complete secondary school, they will have switched schools between six to nine times? According to the DoDEA, this is true, and it is three times more frequently than non-military families. You can probably relate to this with your own military children.

This Education Savings Act Would Help Military Families

Because of this, there can be a lot of stress on military families when it comes to their children’s education. From having to leave a good school district in the middle of the year to struggling socially and academically because the environment, as well as standards, are different from where they were stationed before.

A survey of Military Times readers, from January 12-24, 2017, sponsored by the Collaborative for Student Success, polled over 200 respondents from all branches of the US military. In the survey, they found that over a third of the members of the US military have dissatisfaction with their children’s education and that it is a big factor in leaving the service. So beyond quality of life, this is also a military retention issue.

The Education Savings Account Act For Military Families

What can be done to help military families with this? Is there anything that can make these transitions a little easier? The Education Savings Accounts for Military Families Act of 2019 can. But it has been sitting in committee since March.

If this bill is passed, things could change for the better. This bill would amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965.  The bill would allow parents of eligible military dependent children to establish military education savings accounts.

Military families could apply for up to $6,000 for each eligible military dependent child covered by the account through the Department of Education. This money could then be used on their child’s education. It could be used for the following:

  • Private school
  • Homeschooling
  • Tutoring
  • College-prep classes
  • Online courses

Basically, anything that could help keep their child’s education on track no matter where they have to go or be stationed. No matter how often they have to move and start over somewhere else.

The Choice Act

There is also the CHOICE Act, which is sponsored by Senator Tim Scott, R-SC. The CHOICE Act expands options for the approximately 200,000 children that live on domestic military installations.

The Choice Act would create a pilot program under the Department of Defense.  The program would be on at least 5 bases without DoD Education Activity schools.  The program would provide scholarships to students in military families on base.  Scholarship amounts would be up to $8,000 for elementary and $12,000 for high school.

However, this one is also in Committee. This act would allocate $10 million per year, vs the $1.2 billion for the Education Savings Act. Both acts would be funded through the Department of Education.

Although military children are a smaller demographic, they face a lot of challenges. By the time a child starts 7th grade, they could be on their 9th school. They could have had a range of educational experiences: a private school in New York state, a DONSA school in Germany, or a public school in Georgia.

Most parents want the best for their children when it comes to their education. However, military life can make this difficult. Sometimes you are left with only a few options, or options you wouldn’t want to send your kids to. Some families would benefit from homeschooling.  It makes moving, especially short term moves, a little easier on the kids. Other families can use private school or online options to help keep their kids on track.

This proposed legislation can help military families with these issues. They can give us more flexibility with our children’s education and allow them to stay grounded and more stable.  All this despite all the moving the military lifestyle requires.



Scholarships for Students with Disabilities

If you have a child with a disability, there are a variety of scholarships they can apply for when it comes time to go to college. These scholarships are available to parents of service members and non-military, as well as for children with any disability or to those for a specific disability.

Scholarships for Students with Disabilities

Here is a list of scholarships for students with disabilities to help pay for their education.

The Sacks for CF

Cystic Fibrosis, 30 recipients, up to $10,000

The Details: This award is for undergraduate and graduate students with Cystic Fibrosis who strive for therapy adherence and academic success. The Sacks is related to the quarterback sacks made during the NFL season. For every sack recorded during NFL Monday Night Football games, the Sacks for CF Scholarship Program receives a donation from a Boomer Esiason Foundation corporate partner.

The Deadline: Due date is in January.

Website: For more information and to apply for this scholarship, please visit the Esiason website.

Lighthouse Guild Scholarship Program

Vision loss, multiple recipients, up to $10,000

The Details: This scholarship is for students with vision loss who are undergraduate or graduate students. It is a merit-based scholarship program. They can use the award for whatever they wish, including tuition, room and board, and books and travel.

The Deadline: March 31st.

Website: For more information and to apply for this scholarship, please visit the Lighthouse Guild website.

Ruby’s Rainbow Scholarship Award

Down Syndrome, multiple recipients, between $1,000-$10,000

The Details: This scholarship program is for between $1,000-$10,000 to be utilized in full within one academic year. Applicants must be diagnosed with Down Syndrome, be at least 18 years of age or be 18 by July 1st.

The applicant will need to have the desire and intent to enroll or to continue enrollment in a post-secondary class or program that will enhance their lives through employment, independent living, or life skills as well as interests in other areas.

Funds must be applied towards tuition at a university, community college, or post-secondary institution. They must be in the US and the funds can also be used for housing, food or transportation only if the costs are already included as part of the tuition fee.

Up to 10% can be used for textbooks and other course work-related supplies. Enrichment classes in the arts also qualify if they are certified programs.

The Deadline: May 6th

Website: For more information and to apply for this scholarship, please visit the Ruby’s Rainbow website.

Gabriel’s Foundation of HOPE College Scholarship

All disabilities, amount of recipients is based on funds, $500 is most common

The Details: This award is for students with a disability. Students who want to work in a field that will benefit the disabled community may also apply. The number of scholarships and award amounts will be determined based on funds available.

The Deadline: July 1st

Website: For more information and to apply for this scholarship, please visit the Gabe’s Hope website.

ACPA College Scholarship

Cleft Palate, award amounts and number of applicants varies

The Details: For this award, students will need to have a diagnosis of cleft lip and/or cleft palate, submucous cleft palate, craniosynostosis, Crouzon syndrome, Goldenhar syndrome, hemifacial microsomia, hemangioma, Jackson-Weiss syndrome, microtia, Moebius syndrome, Pierre Robin Sequence, 22q11.2 Deletion syndrome (VCFS), Treacher Collins syndrome, or another craniofacial anomaly. They also must be enrolled full-time in an accredited post-secondary institution or program in the US.

The Deadline: February 1st

Website: For more information and to apply for this scholarship, please visit the site.

The Allegra Ford Thomas Scholarship

Learning disabilities, one recipient, $5,000 over two years

The Details: This scholarship is for $5,000 that will be awarded over two years, $2,500 each year. It will go to a graduating high school senior with a documented learning disability and/or ADHD who will enroll in a 2-year Community College, a vocational or technical training program, or a specialized program for students with a learning disorder and/or ADHD.

The Deadline: January 17th

Website: For more information and to apply for this scholarship, please visit the site.

Google Lime Scholarship

Those with a visible or invisible disability, multiple recipients, $10,000 in the US, $5,000 in Canada

Details: Winners of this scholarship will receive an award as well as being invited to attend the annual Google Scholars’ Retreat at the Googleplex in California. Candidates will also be considered for software engineering internship opportunities with Google. Scholarships are awarded based on the strength of candidates’ academic background and demonstrated passion for computer science.

This scholarship is for current undergraduate, graduate, or Ph.D. students enrolled in the US or Canada. They would need to pursue a computer science or computer engineering degree or a degree in a closely related technical field with strong academic performance. The student needs to also have a visible or invisible disability. They must be in college already, not in high school.

Deadline: December

Website: For more information and to apply for this scholarship, please visit the Lime Connect site.

AER William and Dorothy Ferrell Scholarship

Blind and visually impaired, two recipients, $1,000

The Details: This scholarship is only available during even years, for those who are legally blind and studying a career in the field of services to a person who is blind or visually impaired.

The Deadline: Early next year

Website: For more information and to apply for this scholarship, please visit the site.

Sertoma Scholarship for the Deaf or Hard of Hearing

Deaf or Hard of Hearing, multiple recipients, award amounts vary

The Details: This scholarship is for those who have minimum 40dB bilateral hearing loss, as evidenced on audiogram by an SRT and PTA of 40dB or greater in both ears. They also must be a citizen of the US, pursuing a BA on a full-time basis at a college or university in the US. Other types of degrees do not qualify. The award covers cover tuition, books, and supplies.

The Deadline: March

Website: For more information and to apply for this scholarship, please visit the Sertoma site.

Schwallie Family Scholarship Program

Autism, multiple recipients, $3,000

The Details: This scholarship is for students who attend a 2 or 4-year university. They need to have an established autism diagnosis and be attending an accredited post-secondary institution. They would need to be attending on a full-time basis or working toward certification or accreditation in a particular field. They would need to prove a medical diagnosis of autism.

The Deadline: May

Website: For more information and to apply for this scholarship, please visit the Research Autism site.

Lisa Higgins Hussman Scholarship

Autism, multiple recipients, $3,000

The Details: This scholarship is for students who attend a 2-year university, life skills, or post-secondary programs or vocational or trade schools. They need to have an established autism diagnosis. They would need to be attending on a full-time basis or working toward certification or accreditation in a particular field. They would need to prove a medical diagnosis of autism.

The Deadline: May

Website: For more information and to apply for this scholarship, please visit the Research Autism site.

L.I.F.E Scholarship

Systemic Lupus, one or more recipients depending, Minimum of $500

The Details: This award is for undergraduate and graduate students with Systemic Lupus erythematosus (SLE). They can be part-time or full-time students. The amount of awards depends on the quality of the applicants and funds available.

The Deadline: July 1

Website: For more information and to apply for this scholarship, please visit the Life Scholarship site.

Dollars 4 Tic Scholars Scholarship

 Systemic Lupus, multiple recipients, amount varies

 The Details: This scholarship offers multiple awards for undergraduate students, one for a graduate student, and a vocational/technical opportunity for computer training in Palm Beach County, Florida. Undergraduates need to be a current senior in high school or a current college student before they start their senior year. They will need to be diagnosed with Chronic Tic Disorder or Tourette’s Syndrome.

The Deadline: April 15th

Website: For more information and to apply for this scholarship, please visit the Dollars 4 TIC Scholars site.

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Student Travel Benefits For Military Dependents

Dependent Travel Benefits For Military Dependents and Their Parents

You are stationed in Germany but your son goes to college in Florida. Christmas is coming, and you want them home with you for winter break. The cost of plane tickets to Europe seems so high. Did you know that there is a student travel benefit for your college-age son or daughter you can use to help?  Find out everything you need to know about the military dependent travel benefit.

The government will pay for one round-trip ticket each fiscal year for college students.

What Are the Military Dependent Travel Benefits?

The government will pay for one round-trip ticket each fiscal year for college students. You do have to qualify for this travel benefit.

How Do I Qualify for Military Dependent Travel Benefits?

In order to qualify, the following must apply:

The military parent must be:

  • On an accompanied tour in an OCONUS location with the rest of their family. Alaska and Hawaii do not count in this case. They will then be sponsored by the command.
  • The custodial parent of the student.

The student must be:

  • Unmarried and under the age of 23, although there could be some exceptions to this rule.
  • Attending an accredited college or school and working towards an undergraduate degree, or a postsecondary vocational or technical training. Service academies, however, do not count for this.
  • Enrolled in school full-time, which is 12 credit hours or more.
  • Student must have already traveled to the parent’s home on PCS orders. If parents move overseas while the student is in college, their first trip over there would count as flying over on PCS orders. They could then use the travel benefit once a year after that.

Additional stipulations:

  • You can use this benefit once every fiscal year and it does not have to be used during the holidays or summer vacation, although that is probably most likely when you would use it.
  • The travel benefit must be authorized through the military parent’s command and be completed through the travel office.

If you are overseas and have a college student back in the US going to college, make sure to take advantage of this travel benefit.




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College Scholarships for Military Children & Dependents

List of Scholarships for College for Dependents of Military & Veterans

They have had to say goodbye to mom or dad more times than anyone else, they have lived in more places before age ten than most people do in a lifetime, and as they grow up, they too want to further their education and go to college. Luckily, there are quite a few scholarships and grants for military and veteran dependent children wanting to go to college.

Fisher House

$2000 each, 500 total

The Details: The Fisher House scholarship is funded through manufacturers and suppliers whose products you can find at the Commissary. There will be at least one recipient of this award from each Commissary that has applicants. In some cases, more than one will be picked depending on how many people have applied at that location.

This award is open to sons and daughters of active duty, reserves, guard, or retired commissary customers. They must be enrolled or planning to be enrolled full time in a four-year accredited undergraduate college or university or two-year community college.

The Deadline: Will open for 2021 in mid-December.

Website for more information and to apply for this scholarship: Fisher House


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General Henry H. Arnold Education Grant

From $500-$4,000 depending on financial need

The Details: This award is for Air Force dependents. They must be a child of active duty, a Title 10 reservist on extended active duty, a Title 32 guard performing full-time active duty, in the retired reserve, retired, or a deceased Air Force service member.

They need to not reach the age of 24 during the award year. They will need to be a high school graduate enrolled or accepted as a full-time undergraduate at an accredited college, university, vocational or trade school. The specific amount will correlate to a student’s particular level of financial need.

The Deadline: Applications are open for the 2021-2022 academic year.

Website for more information and to apply for this grant: AFAS


$4,000, $1,000 for each year, 6 awards given out

The Details: This award is for children and grandchildren of veterans, active duty, guard, and reserves. They would need to be high school seniors to be eligible. There is also a JRTC scholarship for $1,000 which would be a one-time payment.

The Deadline: Typically reopens in January.

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

Children of Warriors National Presidents’ Scholarship (American Legion Auxiliary)

There will be 3, $5,000 scholarships per geographic region for a total of 15

The Details: This award is for children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren of veterans who served in the armed forces during certain eligibility dates for membership in the American Legion.

The scholarship would be for undergraduate study at a four-year college or university for tuition, books, fees, room, and board.

If your family happens to be stationed overseas, your child can apply through the state that is your home of record.

The Deadline: March 1st

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

Wings Over America

Most scholarships would be about $4,200, 50 a year

The Details: This award is for dependent children of US Navy personal, both officer and enlisted. Their parent needs to have served in the Naval Air Forces and can be active duty, retired, honorably discharged, or deceased.

The awards are for tuition and tuition related fees for undergraduate work only as well as Reserve Officer Candidate Programs.

Children need to be unmarried, up to age 22. They also must have graduated or be graduating seniors of an accredited high school or equivalent homeschool. They may use the award at trade or technical schools, colleges, and universities, and must be at full-time status.

Opens October 1st.

The Deadline: March 1st

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

Chief Petty Officer Scholarship Fund

The Details: This award is open to immediate family members of an active duty, retired, reserve, or a deceased Chief Petty Officer of the US Navy.

They need to be about to graduate or have already graduated from high school or equivalent or have earned a GED. The award can be used for college, universities, community college, or vocational schools.

The Deadline: Applications are typically available as of January 1st.  Applications received after April 1, 2021 will not be accepted.

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

Dolphin Scholarship Foundation

Between $2,000-$3,400 per student for two to four years, 25-30 new awards per year

The Details: Children of members or former members of the Submarine Force or those who have served in submarine support activities.

The children need to be in high school or college working towards an undergraduate degree or on a certification through a vocational or trade school. They also need to be unmarried and under 24 years old.

The Deadline: Applications accepted until March 15th each year.

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

Tailhook Educational Foundation Scholarship

Over 100 awards annually, between $2,500-$15,000 per scholarship.

The Details: This award is for children or grandchildren of current or former (US Navy, US Marine, US Coast Guard) Naval Aviators, Naval Flight Officers, or Naval Aircrewmans. The children or grandchildren of individuals who are serving or who have served on board a US Navy aircraft carrier also qualify.

This scholarship is for those enrolled in an undergraduate program at an accredited college. A number of scholarships are awarded to those pursuing STEAM curriculum.

The Deadline: March

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



The Details: They must be a dependent child of a member of the military, ages 24 and under.

They also need to be a current high school senior or graduate who plans to enroll or who is already enrolled in a full-time undergraduate program.

They will need to go to an accredited two or four-year college, university or vocational or technical school.

The Deadline: Applications are open from Mar 1 through Apr 15.

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

MG James Ursano Scholarship

The amount varies each year, was $500-$3,400 for the 2018-2019 year

Details: This scholarship is to help assist children of army soldiers in receiving their first undergraduate degree. The child needs to be a dependent of an active duty, retired, or deceased soldier.

This award is need based and covers tuition, fees, books, supplies, and room and board. They also need to be going to school full-time in an accredited post-secondary or vocational institution.

The child also needs to be under the age of 24, unmarried, and not a member of the National Guard, Reserves, or another military branch themselves.

Deadline: Applications are typically available starting Jan 1 through Apr 1.

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

Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society College Grant


Details: This award is for children of active duty, retired, or deceased sailors and marines.  The children need to be under the age of 23, as of May 1,2021.

They also need to be enrolled full-time in an undergraduate or post-secondary accredited two or four-year or technical or vocational school in the US.

This program will be giving out interest-free loans or grants.

Deadline: Applications will open Jan 1, 2021 and close by Jun 1, 2021.

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

Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation

Between $500-$3,000

Details: This award is for the children of those serving as active duty or reserves in the US Marine Corps. The parent can also be a veteran with an honorable discharge, or one who was killed in action. Children of active duty or reserve US Navy Corpsman who are serving or who have served with a US Marine unit, veteran US Navy Corpsman who have served with a US Marine unit and have an honorable discharge, or those who have been killed in action while doing so also qualify.

The child needs to be attending or planning to attend college or career training at a school that is listed on the National Center for Education Stats College Navigator website within the 2021-2022 school year.

The family’s adjusted gross income for the 2020 tax year has to be less than $106,000. Non-taxable allowances are not included.

The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation also offers the Heroes Tribute Scholarship Program for children of the fallen, which would be $30,000 over four years and the Heroes Tribute Scholarship Program for Children of the Wounded would be $6,000 to $40,000 over four years.

Deadline: Applications open January 1st, and will close March 2nd.  Awards are announced around the end of May.

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

Bonsai Finance Veterans Scholarship


Details: This scholarship is a one-time payment of $1,000 for current or future education costs. In order to qualify, they must be a direct dependent of a veteran or active duty member of the US military.

They also must be a high school senior, high school graduate, or registered as an undergraduate student at an accredited college or post high school vocational/technical school. They must also be a US citizen and not have already earned a previous bachelor’s degree.

Deadline: The application period typically begins January each year.

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

Veterans United Foundation Scholarship

10, one-time scholarships, up to $50,000 for the upcoming semester

The Details: This scholarship is for family members of service members and veterans to achieve their educational dreams. It is funded by contributions from Veterans United Home Loans and its employees.

To qualify, they must be a surviving child of a deceased service member from a service-related death or a veterans with a 100% service connected disability. They must be currently enrolled or planning to enroll in a college or university by the Spring semester of each school year. They must be pursuing an associate, bachelor’s, graduate, post-graduate, or doctoral degree.

The Deadline: The application period is typically open from March 1 to April 1.

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


When looking into the different scholarships, make sure to double check the eligibility requirements before you apply. If the date has passed for the application, check back next year as the dates usually don’t change year to year. Finding extra money for school in the form of scholarships can be a wonderful way for your military children to start their college careers.


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Military & Veteran College Scholarships and Grants

College Scholarships and Grants for Military Veterans


Over the past decade, we’ve seen a proliferation of scholarships for veterans, military scholarships, and even education grants targeted at the military spouse community.

There are currently about 19 million U.S. veterans, as reported by the Pew Research Center earlier this year. That’s less than 10% of America’s adult population.

Even so, only an estimated 40% of those veterans are using their GI Bill benefits according to Brookings. More than 2.9 million veterans have entered into higher education, some have used their GI Bill benefits, and others have not.


Because institutions of higher learning and companies across America are realizing the value that comes from the military community. The discipline, loyalty, and courage inherent in your service make you some of the best students and employees these organizations have ever seen.

Defining the Terms

What is meant by “Scholarships for Veterans” and “Military Scholarships”?

Generally speaking, a Veteran is someone who has served any portion of their life in one of the military branches. Some serve for a few years, others serve for decades. All have made sacrifices for the country.

When someone is “Military”, that usually means that they’re currently serving in the active, reserve, or guard component of a branch of service. They are on the frontline of Freedom.

Scholarships for Veterans are those sources of education funding that target the veteran community. These scholarships come from federal government agencies, state organizations, companies, and nonprofits across the country.


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Military scholarships are those that target a current military member. Like scholarships for veterans, these opportunities come from a myriad of different sources.

Oftentimes, though, the term “military scholarship” applies to active duty, reserve, National Guard, veterans, and military spouses. Not always, but often enough to caveat that here. Be sure to read the eligibility requirements.

Regardless of where you stand in the military community, either veteran, military spouse, or currently serving, scholarships and grants serve to help you achieve your goals.

RELATED: Degrees for Military and Veterans

Why Apply for Military Scholarships?

It’s a Numbers Game

I mentioned above that the veteran population makes up less than 10% of the total U.S. adult population. Additionally, less than 1% of our citizens are currently serving.

What this means for you, the seeker of military scholarships, is that there is less competition than for those scholarships that are open to everyone.

Now don’t read that wrong, there is still competition. But, it is limited to those currently serving, or to those who have served before.

Unused Funding

Every year, scholarship opportunities go unused. This is a travesty considering that student debt continues accumulating every year. 

The reason these scholarships for veterans and military go unused is for lack of applicants. If you’re applying for scholarships to fund your education goals, then apply to every scholarship for which you are eligible.

You Deserve It

Do not feel guilty for trying to get as much funding as possible. There is money out there that companies, agencies, and state governments have set aside to support the military community.

If you meet the requirements, then you have every right to apply for that funding source. You chose to raise your right hand and defend the US of A. Now, others have chosen to show their support and appreciation by offering military scholarships and scholarships for veterans.


General Requirements for Military Scholarships

While each organization that offers money for military scholarships can set their requirements for awardees, some general guidelines apply.

First, you should somehow be affiliated with the military, usually a veteran or currently serving. While most are open to all branches of service, some target a more specific demographic.

For example, the National Ranger Memorial Foundation offers the Ranger Memorial Scholarship to U.S. Army Rangers of any age and their dependents.

In any case, be prepared to offer proof of service, either through a DD-214, using, or submitting a letter from your company commander.

For many scholarship applications, you will be required to write an essay or some other form of writing. Sometimes they just want to hear your story, and at other times they want to see if you will follow instructions. 

Pay close attention to due dates, writing requirements, and any other information listed on the application.

Finding Scholarships and Grants for Military

CollegeRecon researches and presents to you every military scholarship, grant, and funding opportunity we can find. If the information is not clear, we reach out to the organization sponsoring the scholarships for veterans and get clarification.

You deserve every funding opportunity to accomplish your education and career goals. To take things a step further, CollegeRecon offers a unique Scholarship Finder Tool that can help you find all the scholarships available to you.

Tips for Applying to Military Scholarships

Here are some helpful reminders when applying to military scholarships:

  • First, apply for as many scholarships as you can.
  • Keep a calendar of pending due dates. Don’t let those slip by!
  • Do NOT procrastinate on the essay. Take the time to write the best one you can.
  • Stick to the word count, even if that means cutting and revising.
  • Have someone else read your application and essay.
  • Be prepared for rejection. You’re awesome, but so are your military brothers and sisters.

In the end, apply the resilience you learned in the service to your applications for military scholarships. 

To find more helpful ideas and insights, check out 13 Tips for Military & Veterans on How to Apply for Scholarships

Types of Scholarships for Veterans

Financial Aid for Active Service

The most common form of financial aid for active service members is Tuition Assistance (TA). Each service offers TA to their active service members, and it can be used to cover the costs associated with a college degree.

Getting a degree while on active duty is easier than you think. Read Active Duty and College: College While in the Military to discover how it works.

It is also worth noting that military college students can submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). While many students understand that student loans are a by-product of applying for FAFSA, there are also grants you can receive.

Check out FAFSA: What You Need to Know for more information on this resource.

Pell Grants are awarded to undergraduate students who display a financial need and have not already earned a degree.

And get this, even if you’re using the GI Bill, or receiving Tuition Assistance, you can still apply for FAFSA!  

Don’t worry about the loans, though. You can decline them once your aid eligibility is reported to your school.

Check out the following resources for more information:

Veterans Scholarships from Colleges and Universities

It’s not just the federal government and Fortune 500 companies that offer scholarships for veterans. Many universities award their veteran students with financial and academic benefits as well.

Some of these scholarships are awarded for students in specific degree programs at specific institutions. Others are awarded for academic excellence.

Check out the regional scholarships CollegeRecon has broken down for you:

Also, be sure to check out scholarships from your local community college. They are an often overlooked resource for accelerating your education.

College Grants for Veterans

Grants are monetary awards given for a specific purpose that do not need repayment. They are the antithesis to loans and are abundant for education.

We’ve already mentioned the Pell Grant, which can only be received by filling out the FAFSA Application. While not specific to veterans, it is the most widely received grant in today’s education system.

The Pell Grant does not need to be repaid, and the amount you receive depends on your financial need, the costs of school, and whether or not you’re a full- or part-time student.

The GI Bill, either MGIB or Post-9/11, tap dances on the line between earned benefit and education grant. It certainly is a benefit that all veterans deserve, and in most cases it does not need repayment.

However, unlike grants and scholarships, The GI Bill is almost guaranteed for all veteran degree seekers. (There are minimum discharge requirements that must be met.)

For more information about the GI Bill, check out the following resources:

Scholarships for Military Spouses

There has been a paradigm shift in society’s perception of the Military Spouse. This occurred in large part due to the OEF/OIF campaigns, but also as a result of social media’s ability to instantly raise awareness to issues faced by the military family.

As a result, more and more scholarships are available to military spouses and dependents than at any other time in our nation’s history. The family has always been the backbone of the service members who defend our freedoms.

In our flagship article, Military Spouse Scholarships, CollegeRecon presents 15 of the best scholarships and grants available to military spouses. 

Additionally, we’ve explored College Scholarships and Grants for Children of Veterans, which highlights 14 funding opportunities for military dependents.

Check out the following resources for more information:

Grants and Scholarships for Active-Duty Service Members

For those active service members, there are unique scholarship and grant opportunities for you!

Each service has a Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) that awards military scholarships to active, Guard, and reserve service members. There are over 1100 institutions of higher learning that participate in one or more ROTC programs, and most offer 2-, 3-, and 4-year options.

Read the Army ROTC Scholarships, Colleges & Requirements article for more information about the Army’s program.

The Navy ROTC program covers both the Navy and Marine Corps.

Likewise, the Space Force will likely fall under the Air Force ROTC program for their education and commissioning needs. More to follow on that topic.

Another education program available to active Army Soldiers is the Green to Gold program. This is a two-year program that provides Soldiers the opportunity to complete a baccalaureate degree or a two-year graduate degree. This program leads to a commission as an Army officer.

Similar to the Army’s program, the Air Force hosts The Enlisted-to-Officer Path. This program gives Airmen the opportunity to earn their degrees and a commission in the Air Force.

Finally, Tuition Assistance (TA) is a program that provides education funding to military service members while they are still serving. Tuition Assistance can cover up to 100% of the cost-per-credit hour of many institutions.

Check out the following resources for more information:

Scholarships for Women Veterans

For those women veterans, there are some great programs and scholarships that will help fund your education.

Whether you’re going into STEM, Nursing, or Business, we’ve brought together some of the best scholarship opportunities for you.

First, read Top 8 Scholarships for Female Service Members & Veterans to discover the very best ones out there. Then, check out these other resources:

Scholarships for Disabled Veterans

As with other demographics, there are ample opportunities for our disabled veterans to obtain funding for their education.

Whether it’s finding money for a current degree, or paying off student loans from a previous one, check out some of these great resources.

Military Scholarships: Scholarships by Military Branch

Each military service offers programs for their members to help achieve career and education goals. We’ve touched on the ROTC programs and other commissioning programs. But what about programs that do not require a commission?

We’ve compiled a list of service-specific programs, some of which are simply scholarships for service members within those branches. Some of these scholarships apply for active military, veterans, and even family members.

Featured Scholarships

There are so many great programs out there for the military community. CollegeRecon wants you to have all the information available to help you on your way.

For this reason, here are some scholarship opportunities that have not yet been covered:


There are millions of veterans today, and so many of you are pursuing your education goals. Because many situations are unique, it’s hard to answer every question in one article.

However, we have compiled some of the most asked questions and presented them here:

More Resources on Scholarships for Veterans

Were you looking for scholarships based on a career field? If so, CollegeRecon has numerous resources for some of the hottest job fields, and probably some you haven’t even considered!

If you don’t see what you’re looking for there, check out our page Paying For School, which has even more leads on military scholarships.

CollegeRecon also has one of the coolest Scholarship Finder Tools out there! By answering a few simple questions, you will get results tailored to your goals and aspirations.

Do you know what you want to study, but not where to go? Use CollegeRecon’s School Finder Tool to find schools and programs tailored to your needs.

Finally, if you are eligible for any form of GI Bill, please do not miss our GI Bill Education Information and Benefits page. 


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There has never been a better time than now to get that degree. Whether you’re just starting, in the middle, or nearing the end, there are so many sources of funding available to you.

You deserve the education you want, so let CollegeRecon help you find military scholarships, or scholarships for veterans, that will fund your education and career goals.

Don’t wait for your future to happen. Make it what you want!

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Going to School as a Parent…How It’s Possible

Thinking About Going Back-to-School as a Parent?  Here’s Some Helpful Tips

Going to school as a parent may seem impossible, but if armed with the right tips, tricks, and tools can actually be quite successful for the whole family.

Ask for Help

Raising a child takes a village. Adding school to the mix only adds to the need for assistance. (If you are a military spouse, enlist the help of peers and friends on or around base. Trade off who watches the kids on different afternoons so that each parent can get some alone time to take care of the priorities in their household.)

Set a Schedule

If you’re a new parent, then your baby will have quite the schedule… they’ll sleep and eat pretty much at set times. Take advantage of that routine and schedule your “class time” or “study time” while your child naps. Another reason to have a schedule and stick to it is so that you can schedule in some down time for yourself. Being a parent, student, and spouse all at once is sure to be exhausting and rewarding all at the same time. Make sure to take some time to decompress as well whether that means taking a walk, meditating, or reading a book for leisure.

Establish Priorities

The truth is, no one can do it all, all the time. While you are taking classes, make sure to name the priorities in your life at that time. For example: Family, school & work. If those are your priorities, then everything else doesn’t matter. Stressing over a dirty house? It’s not a priority at this time in your life, so forget it. As long as everyone in your family is happy, healthy, & fed and school and work are getting the attention they demand, then all is well. Don’t expect yourself to do the impossible and stretch yourself too thin.

Seek out Scholarships

Parents know more than anyone, just how expensive children are. That said, there might not be a whole lot of extra money around for you and the expenses that come along with your education. (Some might even prioritize saving for their children’s’ education instead of spending money on their own.) Regardless, there are scholarship opportunities out there, especially for military & military spouses.

Here are a few resources –


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Here Are Four Ways to Conquer Back-to-School Blues!

4 Ways to Beat the Back-to-School Blues

It’s Back to School time, again!

How did summer fly past so quickly?!

No worries.  Don’t panic.

Whether it’s you, your kids, or your spouse that are hitting the books again, we think everyone can benefit from these tips.

Here’s how to beat the “Back to School” blues and start out the school year on the right foot!

Finish Your Summer To-Do List

Nothing feels better than being able to cross that final “to do” off of your list and then shred the list all together. What an accomplishment!

All of those tasks that you set out to accomplish during the summer will haunt you until they are finished.

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Start the school year off on the right foot without anything hanging over your head.

Our Director of Marketing shares a tip on how to get “back to school” the right way, “Every evening before winding down for the day I make a ‘to do’ list for the following day.

The things at the top MUST be accomplished the next day and then those listed at the bottom are long-term goals or projects that I need to keep in mind or make slow progress on.

It keeps me on task and feels good to cross off each task as I complete them.”

Get In Touch

Reach out to your advisor, professors, classmates, or the parents of kids in your child’s class. Touch base and catch up.

Find out what has been going on with them and let them know what has been going on with you.

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Reaching out and nurturing these relationships will not only help you emotionally because you will have supporters during this process, but also if you need some assistance or to ask a favor of someone down the road you have options.

If you nurture these relationships and make yourself available for others when they might need someone to lean on, you create a support system which is crucial when striving for success.

This is helpful not just when getting back to school, but also in the future as you build your network and pursue your career.

Plan It Out

Grab your Google Calendar or do it the old fashioned way and purchase a planner.

Mark all of the school holidays, vacations (start out with the fun reminders, of course), class schedules, and reminders.

The best way to start off the school year is on the right foot and if you begin planning ahead, you won’t let anything fall between the cracks and forget a meeting or big project.

Make sure to always update it so that nothing is missed.

Set Your Alarm

Get back in the groove.

Before those mandatory early morning wake-up calls come in, warm yourself up to the idea of waking up and not pressing the snooze button before you go back to school.

At least a week before class starts, begin conditioning your body to go to bed earlier (don’t stay up until 2am watching Netflix!) and wake up at a reasonable time without snoozing your alarm 5 times.

This will make getting back into the swing of things a whole lot easier as you won’t be exhausted when it’s time to sit in a lecture or wake up to drive those kids to school. (No one wants to be sleep deprived and grouchy…so start conditioning your body now!)

Best of luck this school year. Happy studying!





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