Veterans Success Center
John Christman, PhD
Assistance provided to students through the GI Bill® may not cover all student costs. This is especially true of graduate students and those receiving CH 1606 and CH 35 benefits. For this reason, it is highly recommended that you investigate and compete for additional financial aid through grants and scholarships. Below are resources to assist you in finding applicable grants and scholarships.
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the application used to determine eligibility for federal grant and loan awards. This is done by determining the expected contribution of you or your family towards college costs. FAFSA determinations are used by the University and PHEAA as the basis for its financial aid awards. The amount of money provided by a grant or loan is dependent on your FAFSA results. It is important to understand that any potential PHEAA grants from the state of Pennsylvania will only be available if the FAFSA is completed.
The FAFSA is completed online and should take about an hour to complete. Having the proper documentation available during the application process will make applying for FAFSA faster and easier.
There are five categories of information that are required on the FAFSA:
Documents that you should have on hand in order to complete these information requirements include:
Find out more about completing the FAFSA.
The Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency provides grants to Pennsylvania residents who meet basic eligibility requirements. While the state grant program is available to all eligible Pennsylvania residents, PHEAA also administers three Veteran specific programs:
The Children of POW/MIA Soldiers Program provides up to $1,200 a year for students who are the children of Pennsylvania residents who were soldiers designated as POW or MIA. Eligible students will have a parent who served on active duty after January 31, 1955, the parent must have been a Pennsylvania resident prior to serving on active duty, the parent must have been designated as a POW/MIA, and the parent must have received an honorable discharge or not been found to have deserted or defected to the enemy. Students applying for this grant should first complete their FAFSA and then contact PHEAA for an application.
Children of servicemembers who died while on active duty can receive a grant of up to $1,000 a year under the Dependent Education Gratuity.
PHEAA also administers the Pennsylvania National Guard Education Assistance Program (EAP). National Guard members may contact their unit training NCO for more information or to apply for EAP.
Edinboro University offers numerous scholarships based on need, program of study, academic achievement, and student status. Additional information is available by contacting the Financial Aid Office or your academic advisor. View the list of EU scholarships here.
|Student Veterans of America Scholarships||$2,000 to $12,000||Student Veterans of America offers seven sponsored scholarships from seven different companies. Each scholarship has multiple awards and is awarded to students in specific fields such as math, science, or art.|
|Council of College and Military Educators Scholarship||$1,000||Awarded to active duty servicemembers, veterans, and their spouses, applications are accepted July 1 – Oct. 1.|
|AMVETS Scholarship||$1,000||Awarded to veterans and active duty servicemembers with a demonstrated financial need. Applications are accepted starting in January.|
|SportClips Help a Hero Scholarship||$5,000||Awarded to veterans and active duty servicemembers at or below the rank of E-5 with a demonstrated financial need. Applications are accepted for fall and spring semesters.|
|Pat Tillman Foundation Scholarship||$15,000 average||Awarded to veterans, active duty servicemembers and their spouses. Criteria considered for award include career goals, service record, personal achievement and leadership potential. Applicants must complete two essays.|
|AFCEA War Veterans Scholarship||$2,500||Awarded to veterans and active duty servicemembers actively pursuing an undergraduate degree in their sophomore or junior years and receiving a 3.0 GPA.|
|Military Order of the Purple Heart Scholarship||Varies||Purple Heart recipients, their spouses, and direct lineal descendants are eligible for this scholarship. Must maintain at least a 2.75 GPA.|
|Leave No Veteran Behind Retroactive Scholarship||Varies||This is a scholarship for veterans who required loans in order to complete their college education. The scholarship is available to veterans who have completed their degree program. Resume and letter of hardship are required to apply, must commit to 100-400 hours of community service.|
|Frigginyeah Veteran's Scholarship||$1000||Awarded to Veterans or Gold Star Family members of any branch of service, who complete a 500+ word essay on how web scraped data can be used to improve or create a product or service.|
Please note: This is not an exhaustive list of veteran scholarships, and student veterans are also eligible for external scholarships that are not veteran related.
|Navy Wife’s Club Scholarship||Varies||30 Grants issued annually to children of members of the Navy, Marine Corp., and Coast Guard. Applicants must show basis of need and have a 2.5 GPA. Grants are for tuition, room and board, fees, books, and supplies.|
|Marine Corp Scholarship Foundation||$7,500||Numerous scholarships awarded to the children of Marines and Navy Corpsmen who are entering or are in an undergraduate course of study. Students must have a 2.0 GPA and their family must not have a gross income above $95,000.|
|Fisher House Military Children Program||$2,000||Scholarship is open to unmarried children under 23 years old of active duty, reserve/guard, or retired military commissary customers. Applications must be turned in at the nearest commissary.|
|Army Scholarship Foundation||$500 to $2,000||Numerous scholarships awarded to the children of current or former Army Servicemembers or Spouses of current Army Servicemembers who are entering or are in an undergraduate course of study. Students must have a 2.0 GPA and their family must not have a gross income above that of an E-9.|
|American Patriot Scholarship||Scholarship for dependent children of Armed Forces Servicemembers. Essay required for consideration.|
|NMFA Military Spouse Scholarships||$500 to $2,500||Military spouses and dual military spouses are eligible. Awarded once to recipient and must be used within 12 months. Can be used for undergraduate or graduate programs.|
|American Legion Auxiliary Scholarships||$2,000 to $5,000||Awarded to dependent children of Veterans. Eligible individuals include descendants of participants in past conflicts including the Korean War and American Legion Auxiliary members.|
|$1,000||Scholarship is open to children of a disabled Veteran who are either high school seniors with a GPA of 3.0 or students currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program with a GPA of 3.0 or better. Must complete a 500-word essay about giving advice to others with a disabled Veteran parent.|