Benefits, Scholarships, Aid

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Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts

With Congressional authorization set forth in Public Law 110-417, the Department of Defense is expanding the Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts -- MyCAA -- for military spouses of active duty and activated Guard and Reserve Service members worldwide.

Eligible military spouses worldwide may receive up to $6,000 of financial assistance to help pay for licenses, certifications and education in high growth, high demand portable career fields.

Spouses who wish to participate in MyCAA should review the following information: Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts Fact Sheet

National Military Family Association Joanne Holbrook Patton Military Spouse Scholarship Program

The National Military Family Association’s Joanne Holbrook Patton Military Spouse Scholarships are awarded to spouses of Uniformed Services members (active duty, National Guard and Reserve, retirees, and survivors) to obtain professional certification or to attend post secondary or graduate school. Scholarships range in amount from $500 to $1,000, and the number awarded each year varies depending on funding. Scholarship funds may be used for tuition, fees, and school room and board.

Scholarship selection is based on your completion of some survey questions that will help NMFA advocate for education changes on your behalf, short-answer questions, and an essay question that will help us get to know you better.

Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance Program (DEA)

Of particular interest is the Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance Program (DEA). It provides up to 45 months of education and training opportunities to eligible dependents of certain veterans. To be eligible, you must be the son, daughter, or spouse of a veteran who died or is permanently and totally disabled as the result of a service-connected disability, or who died while such a disability was in effect, or is MIA or captured in the line of duty by a hostile force, or is forcibly detained or interned in the line of duty by a foreign government or power. Sons and daughters must be between the ages of 18 and 26. Spousal benefits end 10 years from the date the VA finds the spouse as eligible or from the date of death of the veteran. To apply, complete VA Form 22-5490, Application for Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance. For more information, call 1-888-GIBILL-1 (1-888-442-4551).

Federal Benefits for Veterans and Dependents

Updated annually by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the publication Federal Benefits for Veterans and Dependents contains information about education and training benefits available to veterans and eligible dependents. [VA Pamphlet 80-02-1, 114 pages, Stock Number 051-000-00225-3.]

The booklet may be obtained free of charge from VA hospitals or regional offices. To request a copy, visit your nearest VA facility, call 1-800-827-1000 or write to Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of Public Affairs (80D), 810 Vermont Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20420. It is also available for download free in PDF format from the VA's web site.

The publication can also be purchased for $5.00 ($6.25, international customers) from the US Government Printing Office, Superintendent of Documents, PO Box 371954, Pittsburgh, PA 15250-7954.

Army Emergency Relief. Offers Dependent Children Education Program and Spouse Education Program.

Air Force Aid Society. Offers General Henry H. Arnold Education Grant Program and General George S. Brown Spouse Tuition Assistance Program (STAP).

Navy Marine Corps Relief Society. Offers VADM E.P. Travers Scholarship and Loan Program, USS Tennessee Scholarship Fund, Dependents of Deceased Service Members Scholarship Program, Admiral Mike Boorda Scholarship Program, Bridge Loans for Tuition Assistance Program and GI Bill and Spouse Tuition Aid Program (STAP).

Coast Guard Mutual Aid. Offers the CGMA Supplemental Education Grant (SEG) Program, Stafford/PLUS Loan Origination Fee Refund Program and CGMA Supplemental Student Loans. See also the USCG Foundation Education Grant Program.

ThanksUSA Scholarship Program

is a non-profit tax exempt charitable organization focused on thanking American troops. ThanksUSA sponsors a large scholarship program for children and spouses of active duty US military personnel. As many as 1,000 scholarships of $1,000 to $5,000 each are available for undergraduate study at accredited two and four year institutions of higher education.

A minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale is required. Active duty US military personnel is defined as having served on active duty in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard for at least 180 days since September 11, 2001, including all members of the Armed Forces who were killed or wounded in action. (Members of the reserves who have been activated to full-time duty and federalized members of the National Guard are eligible.) Dependent children (including adopted and stepchildren) must be age 24 and under as of the deadline.

The deadline is May 30. Recipients are selected based on financial need, academic performance, leadership and community service. A preference is given to students who have studied a foreign language. For more information, call 1-877-THX-USAS (1-877-849-8727), write to ThanksUSA Scholarship Program, Scholarship America, c/o Shellee Hintz, One Scholarship Way, PO Box 297, Saint Peter, MN 56082, or send email to

Regents Award for Child of Veteran

Eligibility: Children of veterans who are deceased, 40% or more disabled, former POW or MIA as a result of service during certain specified conflicts. Candidates must be a legal NY resident at the time of application and parent must have been a legal NY resident at the time of induction, death or disability.

Benefits: $450 per year to all eligible candidates up to five years depending on normal length of undergraduate program.

Application: New York State Higher Education Services Corporation, 99 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12255 telephone: 518-473-7087

Military Service Recognition Scholarship

Available to certain dependents of military personnel killed, severely and permanently disabled or missing in combat or a combat zone of operation since August 2, 1990. Learn more about the Military Service Recognition Scholarship

Operation Recognition - High School Diplomas

Operation Recognition
allows certain veterans to earn high school diplomas if they left school without graduating. Learn more about Operation Recognition

The American Legion Scholarship and Financial Aid Information

The cornerstone of The American Legion's Education Assistance Program is its scholarship and financial aid guide. This 152 page booklet, updated annually, is a complete financial aid reference guide for veterans, veterans' dependents and members of The American Legion family.

“Building Resilient Kids"

This online course is for school administrators, support staff and teachers to help all students meet life’s challenges with resilience, focusing primarily on students from military families.

Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) Website

School Information Resources
for a Talented, Motivated & Mobile Military Community.

Department of Defense Spouses to Teachers Program

Spouses to Teachers
is a Department of Defense pilot project designed to assist spouses of active duty and reserve military members to become public school teachers.

Trade Schools -

Directory of trade, technical and vocational schools

Hampton Roads School Information for Military Families

This site has education information for families in the Hampton Roads, VA area

LD Online

An interactive guide to learning disabilities for parents, teachers, and children

Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC)

Supporting the Educational Needs of Children from all Military Families.

Specialized Training of Military Parents (STOMP)

is a Parent Information and Training Center for military families of individuals with disabilities.

Information about the Defense Commissary Agency's Scholarships for Military Children.

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