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Many providers offer grants for veterans of the U.S. Army, Navy, Marine Corps or Coast Guard. These function like scholarships and provide funds you do not need to repay if you abide by the terms.
Grants help veterans on two
fronts. One is to make college and career education more affordable. Another is
to support their transition from military to civilian life.
To get a college grant as a veteran, you need to qualify. This
may mean being an eligible active-duty, reservist, honorably discharged or
There are also grants where you need to have a certain
amount of service time. A specific GPA range, record of community service and financial need are other common criteria.
You may find grants within your branch of the military. You can also find ones if you are a member of a veteran group. One example is the Military Order of the Purple Heart scholarship. It is for Purple Heart members and their eligible spouses and dependents. Eligible applicants must be high school seniors who are fully enrolled in an accredited college.
The Pat Tillman Military Scholars program awards veterans or spouses of active and deceased veterans. Eligible applicants must submit two 400 word essays, recommendation letter, FAFSA, and other documents. The awards range from $1,500 to $23,000.
About 84.2% of all undergraduate veterans in the U.S. receive benefits. Grants for college may help offset the cost of college when you go back to school. The average amount of all federal tax benefits for veterans is about $2,900.
Most student veterans are adults between the ages of 24 and 40. At these ages, almost half are also parents with the expenses that go along with having a family.
Receiving a grant may be a motivator to return to school. In
2015, the average time between high school graduation and college enrollment
for veterans was 5 years.
Also, it may be possible to use college grants together with GI Bill funding. But in the case of the Post-9/11 GI Bill, any outside funds may reduce the amount the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) pays toward tuition.
To help narrow your search, here is a list of college grants for veterans you might apply to. There are 13,317 grants for veterans worth $23M.
Deadline: December 31, 2020
Deadline: April 15, 2021
Deadline: January 15
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