Last updated: April 23, 2019
If you’re a veteran who has served in the United States military, you and your family qualify for a number of scholarships and grants that will help cover the cost of higher education. As an opportunity to thank the men and women who have served their country, many organizations and schools offer scholarships to help veterans earn an undergraduate or graduate degree.
Whether you’re looking into schools for yourself, a spouse or a family member, you can find the financial support and resources you need regardless of military branch. Follow this guide to find out how you can apply for financial aid and use our interactive tool to sort through over 80 scholarships for veterans based on type and award amount.
Regardless of the branch of military you served, there are many opportunities available to help you pay for college such as government programs, student loans and scholarships—find the best combination that works for you!
Veterans with an honorable discharge who served in the military for at least 90 days after September, 10, 2001 are eligible to receive education benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs Post-9/11 Bill. The funds that you receive are based off of the amount of time served. Although the GI Bill is a great opportunity for veterans, there are caps to the budget, so it may not cover the entire cost of attending college.
The Yellow Ribbon Program provides money to veterans who plan to attend private schools or graduate programs that cost more than what the post-9/11 GI Bill allows. To find out if you’re college or university participates in the program, use the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs information page.
There are thousands of scholarships available for military veterans, which are awarded by organizations, private companies, societies and more.
You can borrow money from the government or a bank, but it needs to be paid back with interest. The federal government offers many loan options—fill out the free application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to see if you qualify for financial aid. If you’re having any trouble answering the questions, you can refer to our FAFSA step-by-step guide.
If you’re just beginning the process of finding suitable scholarships, make sure you’re prepared for the application process by starting a folder with the assets below.
Instructions: Use the filters to sort through scholarships that are available for veterans or families of veterans who served in the U.S. Army, Navy, Airforce, Marines, National Guard, or Coast Guard.
Deadline: February 28, 2021
High school seniors whose parent, sponsor or legal guardian is either a U.S. National Guard or Reserve Army Engineer (active duty, retired or deceased), or current department of the Army employee of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), as well as a current member of the Army Engineer Spouses Club may apply.
Deadline: March 15, 2021
High school seniors and current undergraduate students are eligible. Students must be the child or stepchild of a member or former member of the U.S. Navy Submarine Force.
Deadline: March 31, 2021
Students and prospective students who are interested in national defense or who are active duty members may apply. Current eligibility requirements are listed on the scholarship website.
Deadline: April 1, 2021
Children of Army soldiers who are obtaining their undergraduate degree are eligible to apply. Scholarships are renewable.
Deadline: April 17, 2021
Scholarships are awarded to spouses and dependent children of blinded veterans.
Amount: up to $12,000
Deadline: April 30, 2021
Scholarships are available to active duty, veterans and reserves of the U.S. military and their children and grandchildren. Award amounts and eligibility are listed on the scholarship's website.