Finding Scholarships For Military Spouses

Anyone who has paid attention to the news recently understands that the cost of education is far outpacing the rate of inflation in this country. While many people choose to serve in the military in order to finance undergraduate and graduate degrees, spouses of military members also need assistance paying for a higher education. Many spouses of military members are wondering where to start when they are trying to find financial aid and scholarship opportunities that will help pay for school. Some people may believe that there isn't much scholarship assistance for the spouse of a military member when it comes to higher education; however, this is far from the truth. With this in mind, some of the most commonly asked questions regarding scholarship opportunities for military spouses have been answered below.

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  1. How do I find out if I am eligible for any scholarships or grants directly from the military?
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    Depending on the branch of service, the eligible scholarships and grants for higher education will vary. The spouse of a military member may qualify for a wide variety of assistance in the form of direct financial aid, educational grants, and favorable loans. Contact the permanent duty station of the active military servicemember for more information and details on the resources available.

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  2. Are there private organizations that make scholarships available specifically for spouses of military members?
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    Many people understand the important service that the spouses of military members provide in society. Therefore, there are resources available such as the military's home website and scholarship finder search engines that provide ways for spouses to search for available scholarship opportunities. Don't hesitate to check these out.

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  3. What is the Fry Scholarship?
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    The Fry Scholarship is actually an amendment made to a GI bill that passed after the attacks of September 11. This amendment provides assistance to the spouses of military members who die in the line of duty after September 10, 2001 because of the many military servicemembers that were deployed overseas to defend the freedom of this country.

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  4. What kinds of opportunities are available through the Survivor and Dependent Assistance program?
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    This program is designed to set aside funding for the spouses and dependents of veterans who are severely injured, killed, or disabled in the line of duty. The program provides up to 45 months of financial assistance of people looking to receive a higher education. Contact the program directly for more information.

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  5. Does the Fry Scholarship provide a stipend for living expenses?
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    The Fry Scholarship does provide funding for living assistance. In fact, the scholarship provides a stipend that is disbursed monthly along with an additional allowance for the cost of textbooks under the scholarship program. For more information, contact the Fry Scholarship program.

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  6. What are some examples of programs I should be contacting for assistance?
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    Family members and spouses of military servicemembers should contact the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges Program, Scholarships and Grants. The SOC has a history of helping spouses of military members find ways to make higher education more affordable. In addition, the Spouse and Dependent Education Assistance program provides exceptional aid to spouses and family members.

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  7. Is there any assistance for military spouses who move often and have to transfer programs?
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    The Servicemember Opportuntiy Colleges are a group of schools that understand the troubles of transferring institutions when the military member gets transferred. Therefore, they have designed a methodology that ensures students find ways to minimize the loss of credit when transferring.

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  8. Do Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges award class credit for standardized tests that I might have taken earlier in my educational career?
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    It's no secret that there are national tests that people need to take; however, the preferred national test might vary by region. The members of the SOC also understand this and will award credit for a variety of national tests such as the CLEP, ECE, and DSST national programs.

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