How to Answer FAFSA Questions #45-46: Military Status

How to Answer FAFSA Questions #45-46 Military Status

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45. Are you currently serving on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces for purposes other than training? See Notes page 9.
  • Yes
  • No
46. Are you a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces? See Notes page 9.
  • Yes
  • No

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Why are they asking this information?

These questions will help either the Department of Education or your intended school determine if you (or through your parents) qualify for certain types of military aid. Some of these include:

  • Army, Navy, Air Force, or Marine ROTC (Reserve Officer’s Training Corps)
  • Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Education Benefits
  • Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant
  • Additional Pell Grant funding
  • Student loan repayment benefits such as deferment and limited interest rates

How to answer this question / fill out this section

Answer Yes to this question if you are currently serving in the U.S. Armed Forces, National Guard or Reserves on active duty for other than training purposes.

Answer No if you are currently not on active duty in the U.S. Armed forces or if you are a National Guard or Reserves enlistee in active duty for training purposes only.

Additional considerations

These types of benefits are separate from the GI Bill and the Post 9/11 GI Bill, which are education-funding benefits that do not require a FAFSA to be filed in order to receive. If you or your parent is a veteran and you are interested in using the GI Bill to help fund your education costs, please contact your Veterans Affairs Office for further information.

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