Veterans and their families
are eligible for dedicated federal financial aid. They can also take advantage of scholarships open to those who have served and resources that support veterans as they prepare for and graduate from college.
Preparing for College
TRIO Veterans Upward Bound Program
TRIO Veterans Upward Bound Program at the University of Pennsylvania is a FREE program that prepares veterans for college by offering intensive classes in Computer, Literature, Language Lab, Spanish, Math, and Science in addition to various life skills workshops. It offers three program cycles during the year beginning in September, January, and May. Each pro-gram cycle is fifteen weeks long. You must apply to this program to participate, and you must qualify as low-income. For more information, call 215-898-6892 or visit their website.
Ultimate College Guide for Veterans & Active Service Members
Study.com’s “Ultimate College Guide for Veterans & Active Service Members” is a fantastic resource that provides, among other information: tools to help veterans find schools that best suit their needs, employment support for veterans after graduation, and resources for dependents and spouses of veterans.
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA): The FAFSA is the first step anyone should take towards finding financial aid for college. It determines eligibility for federal and state grants and is used by colleges when they calculate financial aid packages. The FAFSA should be completed as soon after receiving the previous year’s tax information as possible. Information on completing the FAFSA specifically for veterans can be found here.
This site provides information on educational benefits available through the GI Bill, and also includes a tool that estimates your benefits.
The Yellow Ribbon Program
Through the Yellow Ribbon Program Colleges and Universities agree to offer grants to cover a part of the difference between the financial aid veterans receive through the GI bill and the actual cost of attendance.
U.S. Department of Education
Visit their website for information for military families and veterans