Kiplinger’s Personal Finance compiled a list of the 10 best values in private and public colleges for 2015.
American Council on Education has several military programs. ACE reviews military training for educational credit opportunities. See http://militaryguides.acenet.edu/ for specific program evaluations or to specify by branch and rank. Additional information http://www.acenet.edu/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Military_Programs and http://www.todaysgibill.org.
The Air Force Spouse Scholarship program is designed to encourage Air Force spouses worldwide to pursue associate, bachelor or graduate/postgraduate degrees. The number and amount of scholarships awarded depends on available funding and on the number of qualified applicants.
The Air Force Aid Society has been dedicated to helping education the dependents of eligible Airmen. The Society extends significant financial assistance for education programs, offerings made possible by the establishment of the Air Force Aid Society Education Fund.
AFCEA (Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association) has scholarships for military personnel as part of their AFCEA Educational Foundation. The Foundation offers a wide variety of specific scholarships, which includes a fund for OIF/OEF veterans, disabled war veterans, as well as the LTG Douglas D. Buchholz Memorial Scholarship, which is awarded to one enlisted Soldier at Fort Gordon, Georgia each year.
The Anchor Scholarship is available to dependents of service members who have served a minimum of six years in a unit under the administrative control of Commander, Naval Surface Forces, U.S. Atlantic Fleet or U.S. Pacific Fleet. You must attend, or plan to attend an accredited four-year college or university and intend to work toward a BS or BA degree to be eligible for this award.
The Armed Forces Children’s Education Fund is a non-profit corporation to financially assist the needs of surviving children of U.S. Service Members who lost their lives on or after October 7, 2001.
The home page for American Public University System, which includes American Public University and American Military University (AMU). AMU grants degrees to many military personnel each year and has numerous military specific course offerings.
The Army Scholarship Foundation offers scholarships for undergraduate education for dependent children of U.S. Army Soldiers and spouses of active duty enlisted U.S. Army Soldiers.
Prior-learning assessments (PLAs) award college credit, certification or advanced standing for a student’s non- academic experiences and training. Site provides details on how PLAs work.
Resources to help you make your way through school in a very affordable way.
The Occupational Outlook Handbook provides information on careers and job needs in the future.
This scholarship, funded by the GM Foundation, is designed to help students who are leaders in both the classroom and their communities, but who may not have the financial means to attend college. The Buick Achievers Scholarship Program will award up to $25,000 per year for 50 students. Special consideration will be given to those who are a first-generation college student, female, minority, military veteran or a dependent of military personnel.
Cappex is a free scholarship search website that allows for searching by ethnicity, gender, college major, and state. Free access to search private, foundation scholarships but will need to create a free profile to apply for scholarships. Creating a profile allows users to connect with colleges directly for scholarship opportunities.
The College Affordability Guide’s mission is to provide clear, correct info and advice on the many options students have to reduce the cost of their degree, and to offer a fresh analysis of which colleges are doing the most to make high-quality education affordable. They analyzed 10,000,000+ data points from 5,000+ degree- granting colleges and universities across the US, looking for the most affordable colleges and degrees.
The College Board administers many of the standardized tests such as the SAT and PSAT for college students. This site includes links to practice tests and other helpful resources such as CLEP. A military specific page can be found at: http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/clep/military.html
This site allows you to research scholarship opportunities by keyword and create a list of available scholarships.
Easy to navigate site assists students in finding the right college. Includes matrix to aid selection which factors size, majors, and campus life information into the decision-making process. Also includes an article on the basics of applying to a service academy.
The Commissioned Officers Foundation offers thousands of dollars towards college scholarships for children and spouses of Commissioned Officers Association of the USPHS Inc. members.
U.S. Department of Education’s main website for financial aid information.
The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund serves United States military personnel wounded or injured in service to our nation, and their families.
Fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) after 1 January each year and learn about eligibility for federal aid.
Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation provides college scholarships and long-term educational counseling to children of fallen patriots.
Scholarship search service which includes a military specific page on the educational benefits for Service Members in addition to providing general advice about paying for college.
Federal Employee Education and Assistance Fund provides assistance to civilian, federal, and postal employees, their spouses, and college-age children. The Fund sponsors an annual merit-based scholarship competition each year for eligible applicants: http://www.feea.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=17&Itemid=46
General background information provided on loans, scholarships, and savings. Contains an explanation page for Veterans on filling out the FAFSA, including a detailed explanation of how combat pay and military benefits should be recorded.
Website highlights several scholarships including Heroes’ Legacy Scholarships for deceased or disabled Service Members’ children, as well as separate scholarship programs for military spouses and their children. See also www.militaryscholar.com.
Hope for the Warriors Spouse/Caregiver Scholarships recognizes and rewards spouses/caregivers for their strength, fidelity, and resolve despite adversity.
Scholarships for spouses and dependent children of killed or disabled active duty Service Members and Reservists. The scholarship is one of the few that can be held if enrollment is postponed. Purple Heart recipients are also automatically eligible for scholarship aid. The Hartwell Fallen Soldiers Children’s Fund provides mentoring and financial support for education, medical expenses, and counseling for children of Service Members killed in action in Iraq or Afghanistan.
The FRA Education Foundation makes scholarships available to eligible* full-time students who are U.S. citizens attending accredited colleges and universities in the United States.*Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard personnel and their families are eligible for FRA Education Foundation scholarships.
Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund provides scholarships for dependent children of active duty Service Members who are either killed or permanently disabled (100% VA rating) as the result of an operational mission or training incident, or who are currently certified as MIA or POW. A direct link to the Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund can be found at www.fascholarship.com.
United States Department of Veterans Affairs home page for Post-9/11 G.I. Bill coverage, which includes a Chapter 33 benefits calculator and links to choosing a college/university, technical, non-degree schooling, or approved license and certificate program. Highlights the four main methods to receive aid: Post-9/11 G.I. Bill (Ch. 33), Montgomery G.I. Bill (Ch. 20, Ch. 1606), Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP, Ch. 1607), and the Post Vietnam Era Veterans’ Educational Assistance program (VEAP, Ch. 32).
GoodCall.com is a scholarship search site that integrates data and technology to make finding scholarships easier for students and their families. The website is totally free and open – no fee or account sign-up required. View thousands of scholarships, filter results by specific requirements, and even search by competition level and entry difficulty.
The American Patriot Freedom Scholarship Program is operated by Homefront America USA and offers $1,000 scholarships to dependent children of Service Members to use towards a four-year degree, vocational, or technical certificate.
The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation offers a variety of scholarships including a unique transfer program for undergraduate students transferring from a community college to a 4-year institution and graduate student scholarships for students including a Dissertation Fellowship. The Foundation offers a Young Scholars Program which allows high-achieving, low-income 7th grade students to apply for the program, enroll in 8th grade, and stay with the program through high school.
Ladies Auxiliary of the Fleet Reserve Association (LA FRA) is chartered to aid, assist and promote all matters pertaining to welfare, social, and patriotic works of the Fleet Reserve Association , its members and their families
The Legion has an extensive scholarship program including a legacy scholarship for dependent children of Service Members who died while serving on active duty, as well as scholarships for Eagle Scouts and participants in the Boys State and Girls State Programs. The Legion publishes an annually updated comprehensive scholarship guide entitled “Need a Lift?” which can be accessed at: www.legion.org/needalift.
The Las Vegas Hospitality Association strives to be a leader in philanthropic gifts and scholarships to the Southern Nevada Community and the Travel and Tourism Industry. LVHA has established Scholarship Programs and Endowments as well as many individual scholarships honoring our industry professionals. LVHA has raised over $800,000 for scholarships and charities and is constantly working to fulfill its goal to make education a priority within the growing needs of our industry, organization and community.
Information on how to prepare for college and pay for education including online loan counseling. Assistance is differentiated between types of students, undergraduate or graduate, and individuals seeking to provide assistance to students such as high school counselors and financial aid professionals.
Veterans and Military Members’ guide to getting scholarships for higher education.
Find millions of dollars in scholarships and grants exclusively for the military community using search criteria to return personalized results. In addition, the Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts (MyCAA) program can provide up to $4,000 of financial assistance for military spouses.
Listed under the Scholarship link, Joanne Holbrook Patton Military Spouse Scholarships are available to all spouses of uniformed Service Members. Funds have few restrictions and may be used for undergraduate or graduate schooling, professional certifications, or vocational training, online or in-class programs, and either full- time or part-time attendance. A valid military ID is required to be eligible for the program and applicants should be prepared for a timed online application process.
Click on the College link to find educational opportunities amid a long list of military resources. Registration and log-in to the website is required to access some of the online resources.
The Fisher House Foundation offers a scholarship for the children of active duty, Reserve, Guard, retired, and survivors of deceased Service Members. Children of disabled Service Members are also eligible. See a list on their website for full eligibility and a check list for award requirements.
Military Tuition Assistance provides information on how to use military benefits to maximize educational potential. Post-9/11 GI Bill information, Active Duty, Reserves, and spouse tuition assistance each have their own specific informational sections.
The Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) Scholarship Fund was established in 1948 to provide educational assistance for children of military families.
Military Family Support Trust offers a variety of scholarships including 14 named scholarships with the history of each one explained on its website, and provides funding over the course of four years.
College navigator site used to build a list of schools and make side-by-side comparisons.
Comprehensive listing of financial aid, scholarship, and education information for Service Members.
Sponsored by Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), this site is specifically geared toward understanding the New G.I. Bill and its benefits. The FAQ section allows questions to be submitted directly to IAVA in a form at the bottom of the page. The check-list feature is a step-by-step guide to utilizing Post-9/11 G.I. Bill benefits with informational links included for each step in the process.
Sponsored by the Pat Tillman Foundation, the Tillman Military Scholars program awards scholarships to Service Members, spouses of Service Members, and their dependent children.
The Purple Heart Scholarship is available to members of the Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH), their children, stepchildren, or grandchildren. Dependents of veterans who were killed or wounded in action and died before they could join MOPH are also eligible. Applications are available online in mid-September of each year.
The Army Aviation Association of America (AAAA) Scholarship Foundation awards scholarships and interest-free loans annually to members of AAAA and their spouses, unmarried siblings, unmarried children, and unmarried grandchildren of current and deceased members. Some scholarships are specifically reserved for enlisted, warrant officer, company grade, and Department of the Army Civilian members. Must be a member to be eligible.
SMART Scholarship for Service Program will pay for all educational expenses for a B.S., M.S., or Ph.D. program, and then provide scholars unique opportunities to work as research scientists or engineers on cutting edge technology in world class Department of Defense facilities.
Department of Education’s website designed to help students understand federal student aid for college. This site provides information regarding educational tax benefits from the IRS as well as a checklist by academic year throughout high school for college planning.
ThanksUSA provides college, technical and vocational school need-based scholarships for the children and spouses of active duty US military personnel.
Kaplan University offers a full undergraduate scholarship through ThanksUSA for an eligible military spouse. To apply click on the link, https://www.scholarshipamerica.org/thanksusa/. Other educational support scholarships provide reduced tuition of up to 50 percent for eligible military spouses.
Activities of the Navy Supply Corps Foundation are centered in more than 20 local chapters which have grown through the years from natural regional groupings of Supply Corps officers into a worldwide organization serving the Supply Corps community. Each chapter is chartered by the Foundation and is an ongoing resource for the active duty, reserve, retired, and prior service Supply Corps officers in the geographic area served by the chapter. It is this federation of local chapters which forms and is the strength of the Navy Supply Corps Foundation.
The Veterans of Foreign Wars’ Voice of Democracy program is open to all 9-12 grade students, and awards one national first-place winner a $30,000 scholarship to a U.S. university, college, or vocational/technical school. Other national scholarships range from $1,000-$16,000, and the first-place winner from each state level VFW Department wins an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, DC.
The Wings Over America Scholarship Foundation offers college scholarships to dependent children and spouses of military members from the US Navy’s aviation community. The Foundation is funded solely through private and corporate contributions.