To all veterans out there, we appreciate all the hard sacrifices you make for our dear nation. If you want to go back to school to get a two year degree from a small college, return to college to finish that degree you didn’t finish or aiming to get the highest degree available, you won’t have to pay for your tuition yourself. All veterans, current active military personnel and their families can receive free funding in the form of scholarships. This is a way of saying we appreciate all you do to keep our country protected.
Federal scholarships Program for Veterans
A lot of the scholarships veterans qualify for also makes you eligible for some federal scholarship schemes. A couple of these are programs are listed below:
- Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES)
- The Tuition Assistance (TA) Program: This program aims to help military personnel who are off-duty to take college level courses. It includes assistance of up to 100% of the cost of the program. Visit the program site for more information
- The GI Bill: Visit this website for information on all educational funding for veterans.
Veterans Scholarships That Are Available Nationwide
There are other sources of scholarships available to veterans apart from the federally funded ones. We list a couple of such programs below:
- Veterans with disabilities may be eligible for additional funding from the United States Department of Defense. You should go the DOD website as for current updated information on these scholarships.
- Another organization that provides scholarships for veterans is the Military Officer’s Association of America (MOAA). They also have funding for current military personal as well as their families. Visit their website for further details.
- If you are a veteran and you served in the Operation Iraqi Freedom or the Freedom in Afghanistan wars, you are eligible to apply for a scholarship from the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans. The scholarship is for veterans of these two operations who want to return to college for a four-year degree program. Visit the program site for further information and how to apply.
- The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) also has several scholarships for veterans and their families. Their programs have several rules and eligibility requirements that you can find from their website.
- The Iowa Veterans Foundation Scholarship: This is a program offered to Iowa veterans and their descendants, active duty service personnel, retired and National Guard personnel. This award is given to those looking to obtain a degree. It is only available for use at an accredited Iowa institution. For information on how to apply and eligibility requirements, go to their website.
The Dependents of Active Personnel and Veterans
If you are a dependent of an active military personnel or veteran, there is some form of financial assistance for you as well. There is a lot of money given out there for this group of students and if you don’t look for them, you will be missing on some free college money.
Scholarships for Veterans Provided by Educational Institutions
Colleges and Universities also want to recognize the work done by military personnel. A lot of them have their own scholarships and other funding programs for veterans who want to return to college. We have done some digging and list a couple of such awards below:
- Grantham University honors our military heroes with their veterans scholarships program. This program offers discounted tuition to veterans who enroll at the university. More information available at the program site.
- The D. Scott Hudgens veterans scholarship program from Gwinnett Technical College provides full time college students enrolled at the college with financial assistance. The award is based both on need and merit. However, students demonstrating need will be considered first. Dependents of veterans also qualify to apply for this scholarship.
- The Military Veterans Endowed Scholarship fund from the Wesleyan University aims to make sure veterans graduate from their programs with $0 in personal student loans debts. Visit their website for more information.
Scholarships for veterans are abundant out there so if you want to go back to school, don’t let the financial constraints hold you back.