Grants and Scholarships for Iraq and Afghanistan War Vets
If you served in the military during the Iraq or Afghanistan War, then there are dozens of grants and scholarships that you may want to look into that can help fund your college education.
What Types of Scholarships are There?
The military has what can be considered to be one of the most comprehensive education programs available, in that all active duty military personnel are qualified to apply for tuition assistance. Military Tuition Assistance programs are offered by each branch of the United States Armed Forces and cover 100% tuition up to $250 per credit hour (talk to your branch education specialist for more information on how Tuition Assistance works). But for those military students who are studying at schools whose tuition runs more than $250 per credit hour, the cost of tuition can still add up quickly.
While Military Tuition Assistance does not normally apply to personnel once they have left the service, for those veterans of the Iraq or Afghanistan War, there are exceptions that are made regarding tuition assistance. Exceptions vary by branch (as to how much tuition will be covered) so you should check with your individual branch education specialist for more specific information.
There are, however, a number of groups, organizations and foundations that have also committed themselves to offering scholarships to veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Some of the more popular scholarships are listed below.
Popular Scholarships for Veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars
The Post 9/11 GI Bill offers college scholarships for veterans from all branches of the U.S. armed forces and reserves who served in Afghanistan or Iraq since Sept. 11, 2001. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of financial need and can be used for any public or private school, fees, living expenses, books and supplies.
As of 2010, the Coalition to Salute America’s heroes provides financial aid to veterans and their families; specifically to veterans that were wounded in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Some of the financial aid available is earmarked as money to be used for education
Reserve Aid is a non-profit organization providing financial support to reservists from all branches of the military. The grants awarded by this organization are specifically for emergency relief of mortgage, utilities, car payments etc., but if awarded, the money freed up can be used towards education.
USA Cares is a non-profit organization set up to provide financial assistance to post 9/11 members of the National Guard and Reserve as well as their families. Since its inception over $7.2 million dollars has been awarded in unrestricted grants that can be used for any expenses, including education.
In addition, most colleges and universities have scholarships available for veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. You will need to check with your individual school for qualifications.