Looking for military education grants and scholarships for yourself, your spouse, or your children to go back to school?  Here is a massive list (over 100) scholarships and grants for military personnel and their families to go to school.

If you know of any I didn’t include please let me know.

What’s the difference between a scholarship and a grant? A grant is a gift and does not have to be repaid… a Loan must be repaid…usually after you are no longer in college on at least a half time basis.
However, there are some grants that have some requirement attached to it…such as community service. So, check to see if your grant has any strings.. 95+ have no strings and are a “gift”.

Scholarships may or may not have to be paid back. Again, most are awarded to cover expenses, but be sure you understand the terms.

There are a ton of organizations that offer help to military and their families, and we have found too many to list here, so we’ll start with the basics:

First, go to the school you are interested in attending and find out what they have through their financial aid office. They may have military or veteran special scholarships and grants that may not be well known.

Then, look at your GI bill. Post 9/11, the GI bill has allowed the military to transfer some of not all of their educational benefits to members of their family.

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Next, look at these basic storehouses of information and resources to find out what you may be eligible for and their application process. Educate yourself first on what is out there and what you can do for yourself:

  • Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA is the required application from the Department of Education to determine eligibility for any form of federal financial aid. More information is available at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov
  • Federal Pell Grant. A Federal Pell Grant, unlike a loan, does not have to be repaid. Typically, Pell Grants are awarded only to undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor’s or a professional degree. In some cases, however, a student enrolled in a post-baccalaureate teacher certification program might receive a Pell Grant. More information is available at http://studentaid.ed.gov/types/grants-scholarships/pell
  • Direct Stafford Loans. Direct Stafford Loans are low-interest loans for eligible students to help cover the cost of higher education at a four-year college or university, community college, or trade, career, or technical school.
  • PLUS Loans. Parents of dependent students may apply for a Direct PLUS Loan to help pay their child’s education expenses as long as certain eligibility requirements are met. Graduate and professional students may apply for PLUS Loans for their own expenses. More information is available at: http://studentaid.ed.gov/types/loans/plus
  • Federal Perkins Loans. A Federal Perkins Loan is a low-interest loan for both undergraduate and graduate students with exceptional financial need. More information is available on the http://studentaid.ed.gov/types/grants-scholarships/pell, and look under “types of aid” for more specific opportunities.
  • Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) Program. The FSEOG Program provides need-based grants to help low-income undergraduate students finance the costs of postsecondary education. Priority is given to those who are also Federal Pell Grant recipients. More information is available at: http://www2.ed.gov/programs/fseog/index.html
  • Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant. This grant is intended for students whose parent or guardian died as a result of military service in Iraq or Afghanistan after September 11, 2001. This program is for students who do not qualify for a Federal Pell Grant. More information is available on the http://studentaid.ed.gov/types/loans/plus and look under “types of aid” for more specific opportunities.

Bonus: Here is an entire website dedicated to researching scholarships for military and their families:

http://aid.military.com/scholarship/search-for-scholarships.do

GI bill with family members

Next, look at more specific websites. We found these that are well established and have other resources as well. Follow the threads and see what each has to offer:

AMVETS Scholarship for High School Seniors:

http://amvetsnsf.org/scholarships.html

AMVETS

FRA Education Foundation
 at http://www.fra.org

FRA Education Foundation

Scholarships for Military Children:

http://www.militaryscholar.org/sfmc/index.html

Scholarships for Military Children

Online degrees from cal state:

http://www.caluniversity.edu/admissions/military/military-scholarship-program/

caluniversity

Scholarships for Air Force Dependents:

http://studentaid.ed.gov/sites/default/files/scholarships-for-military.pdf

Federal Student Aid Without a Cosigner

Scholarships For Military Spouses:

http://www.militaryfamily.org/our-programs/military-spouse-scholarships/

Scholarships For Military Spouses

To share GI bill with family members:

http://www.military.com/education/money-for-school/military-spouse-and-family-educational-assistance-programs.html

GI bill with family members

For those families impacted by autism:

http://www.acttodayformilitaryfamilies.org/apply_autism_grant.aspx

families impacted by autism

AFCEA Educational Fund:

www.afcea.org/education/scholarships

AFCEA Educational Fund

Air Force Aid Society General George S. Brown Spouse Tuition Assistance Program (STAP):

http://www.worldwidelearn.com/military/Family-education-resources/air-force-assistance/afas/george-brown-stap.html

Air Force Aid Society General Henry H. Arnold Education Grant Program:

http://www.afas.org/education-grants

Air Force Aid Society

The Air Force Aid Society General Henry H. Arnold Education Grant
American Legion Auxiliary Department Scholarship

American Legion Legacy Scholarship

Check with your local American Legion for additional scholarship opportunities.

America’s Child – Higher Education Assistance:

http://www.americaschild.org/html/founders.htm

America's Child

AMVETS has all kinds of information for vets:

  • Dr. Aurelio M. Caccomo Family Foundation Memorial Scholarship
  • National Scholarship Program
  • General Scholarships

At http://www.amvetsnsf.org/scholarships.html

 

AMVETS

Armed Forces Crossroads Scholarships for Military Children:

www.afcrossroads.com/education/coll_scholar.cfm

Armed Forces Crossroads Scholarships for Military Children

Army Aviation Association of America Scholarships (AAAA):

www.quad-a.org

Army Aviation Association of America Scholarships

Army Emergency Relief: Dependent Children Scholarship Program – The MG James Ursano Scholarship program

Army Emergency Relief: Stateside Spouse Education Assistance Program – The Stateside Spouse Education Assistance Program

Army Scholarship Foundation:

www.armyscholarshipfoundation.org/scholarships.html

Army Scholarship Foundation

Army Women’s Foundation:

http://www.awfdn.org/programs/legacyscholarships.shtml

Army Women's Foundation

Chief Petty Officer Scholarship Fund:

www.cposf.org

Chief Petty Officer Scholarship Fund

Coast Guard Exchange System Scholarship Program:

http://www.uscg.mil/worklife/scholarship.asp

Coast Guard Exchange System Scholarship Program

Dolphin Scholarship Foundation:

www.militaryscholar.org/index.html

Scholarships for Military Children

Horatio Alger Military Veterans Scholarship:

http://www.scholarships4students.com/horatio_alger_military_Veterans_scholarship.htm

Incentive Scholarship:

http://www.che.sc.gov/AccessEquity/ACCESS/GISGuidelines.pdf

Incentive Scholarship

Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts (MyCAA):

www.military.com/…/military- spouse-career-advancement-accounts-financial-aid.html

GI bill with family members

National Military Family Association (MNMFA) MILITARY SPOUSE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM:

http://www.militaryfamily.org/our-programs/military-spouse-scholarships/

Scholarships For Military Spouses

Navy League of the United States:

http://www.navyleague.org/corporate/donate/scholarship.html

Navy League of the United States

NBCC Foundation:

http://www.nbccf.org/Programs

NBCC Foundation

Operation Mom:

http://www.operationmom.org/scholarship.html

Operation Mom

Paralyzed Veterans of America Scholarship:

http://www.pva.org/site/c.ajIRK9NJLcJ2E/b.6305559/k.FBA1/Scholarship_Program.htm

Paralyzed Veterans of America Scholarship

Pat Tillman Foundation:

http://www.pattillmanfoundation.org/tillman-military-scholars/

Pat Tillman Foundation

Ranger Memorial Foundation Scholarship Fund:

www.rangermemorial.com/forms/scholarship_application.pdf

Ranger Memorial Foundation Scholarship Fund

Reserve Aid:

http://reserveaid.org/get-help/

Reserve Aid

Retired Enlisted Association:

http://www.trea.org/Committees/Scholarship.html

Retired Enlisted Association

Scholarships for Children and Spouses of Deceased or Disabled Veterans and Service Members:

http://www.floridastudentfinancialaid.org/SSFAD/factsheets/CDDV.pdf

Scholarships for Children and Spouses of Deceased

Society of the Daughters of the United States Army (DUSA):

www.dodea.edu/students/dusa.htm

Society of the First Infantry Division – Scholarships & Grants:

www.1stid.org/scholarships.php

Society of the First Infantry Division

Special Operations Warrior Foundation College Scholarship:

www.specialops.org/?page=collegescholarship

Special Operations Warrior Foundation College Scholarship

Spouse Tuition Assistance Program (STAP):

www.afas.org/Education/STAP.cfm

Here are some other military sites that will be helpful in your search:

http://www.imagine-america.org/grantsformilitary

http://www.schoolconnection.com

http://www.militaryfamily.org/

http://www.vfw.org/Assistance/Family-Assistance/

http://ourfamilyforfamiliesfirst.org

http://www.military.com/military-report/scholarships-grants-for-military-families

http://studentaid.ed.gov/types/grants-scholarships/military

As you can see, there are many organizations that are set up to help military families get a higher education and help in other ways, too. Check out these site and any other you may find in your search, but remember to first check out your GI Bill, the school you want to attend and the basic Federal, State, and local organizations that are readily available to you.

If you are well educated in the terms and financial obligations each scholarship or grant, you can go ahead with confidence and get that education for yourself, your spouse, or your children.

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