Scholarships for Veterans
If you are a military veteran or active duty, you may be eligible for these scholarships and grants!
Scholarships for veterans can include specific scholarships for military veterans, active duty members of the armed services, and also children and spouses of veterans. It should be noted that these scholarships generally have a requirement that the service person in question was honorably discharged from the military.
Keep on reading to learn more about the various scholarships for veterans that can help pay for college.
Top scholarships for veterans
- Eligilbity: Students must be on active duty or honorably discharged U.S. military veterans who are college sophomores or juniors. Students must also be studying an approved major (there is an extensive list on the scholarship website.
- Amount: $2,500
- Deadline: May 30th
- Eligilbity: AMVETS offers scholarships to high school students who are are applying to college or technical school. Scholarships are open to active duty members of the armed services, as well as military spouses, and children/grandchildren of veterans.
- Amount: Up to $12,000
- Deadline: April 30th (the application opens January 20th)
- Eligilbity: Military veterans and immediate family members (spouses, parents, children) who will be attending college, community college, or vocational/technical school in fall of 2020.
- Amount: $1,000
- Deadline: July 15th
- Eligilbity: Female military veterans, as well as their children and grandchildren who are pursuing the following educational pathways: certificate programs, community college, college, and graduate school.
- Amount: Up to $2,500
- Deadline: January 15th
- Eligilbity: Students must be full-time college students and veterans of the United States Navy, Marine Corps, or Coast Guard. If you are the spouse, parent, child, grandchild, or great-grandchild of a veteran of the aforementioned service branches, you are also eligible.
- Amount: Up to $5,000
- Deadline: Applications are available from September 1st through April 15th
- Eligilbity: There are a variety of scholarships available for students with an interest in a career in national security, including some scholarships specifically for veterans.
- Amount: Up to $2,000
- Deadline: Applications are due in January and July
Scholarships for children of veterans
Some military scholarships support the children of veterans who have served in the armed forces. This may also extend to students who are the grandchildren (and sometimes even great great-children of a veteran) If you have a parent who was in a branch of the military, you may be eligible for these scholarships:
- AMVETS Scholarship
- Ankin Law Military Scholarship
- Army Women’s Foundation Legacy Scholarship Program
- FRA Education Foundation Scholarships
Scholarships for spouses of veterans
If your husband or wife is a military veteran or active member of the armed services, you may be eligible for the following scholarship opportunities:
What does the GI Bill do?
The GI Bill helps veterans and active duty service people pay for school. If you have served on active duty after September 10, 2001, you may qualify for the educational benefits!
Notably, the GI Bill may cover the cost of public, in-state tuition and fees. The GI Bill rates for private and foreign colleges and universities is capped (this cap changes from year to year). The GI Bill also provides students with money for housing, books, supplies, and even moving expenses if they are moving from a rural part of the country.
Frequently asked questions
Are there grants for veterans applying for college?
Yes, students who are veterans are eligible for other types of financial aid including Pell Grants. Veterans, like all students, should always apply for financial aid with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Are there other scholarships I can apply for?