Is there any tuition assistance
for Army Family Members?
That's a common question asked
Stone Education Center.
Although the Army doesn't pay tuition assistance for spouses
of active duty military, the federal and state governments,
as well as many other organizations do help fund education.
Very often the first thing we do when we think
about attending college is to check out the tuition costs.
Then we look at all the extra little fees involved and
before we know it, we have given up because it just costs
Every year most students
attending college are doing so with some type of financial
assistance. Some is federal, some is state, and some is from
private institutions and organizations as well as what the
To get started in the hunt for
college money, start with the free application for federal
student aid (FAFSA). This form although lengthy and scary
looking, is the key to the financial award system. Once
completed most other financial aid is based on the
information provided on the FAFSA. The information you
provide on your FAFSA is used to determine your "Expected
Family Contribution" or EFC. Your EFC is a measure of your
family's ability to pay for college and is based on your
income and assets to determine how much you can afford to
pay for a college education. This is what the government and
schools use to determine your eligibility for financial aid.
If your EFC is below a certain number, you will be eligible
for a Pell grant. The amount of the Pell Grant will depend
on your EFC as well as the cost of attendance, which is
determined by the financial aid administrator at the
school(s) you wish to attend, and your enrollment status,
(full-time, part-time, etc.)
Besides the Pell grant, you may be
eligible for many other types of financial aid, to include
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG);
Federal Work-study jobs; and Federal Perkins Loans, which
are low interest loans. Grants are not paid back, the
work-study is on campus for the most part and pays at or
above minimum wage, and the loans are very low interest and
can be paid back over ten years. Subsidized loans do not
begin to accumulate interest until after you graduate or
stop attending college.
In addition to the federal funding,
most states also fund education assistance for those who
have lower income or who are studying to go into hard to
fill occupations. In Washington, there are
opportunities for additional grants to be awarded as well as
special awards and or scholarships for students studying to
enter specific career fields. These include individuals
studying for careers in vocational fields, health
professions and education. Many area organizations
also offer scholarships to members of the community and the
local colleges also offer scholarships to those who are in
need of additional money to attend and complete a degree or
field of study.
websites to begin your search include:
Financial Aid and Scholarships
available to you and your Family Members here at Joint Base
Lewis-McChord, come to one of the Education Centers and talk
with an Education Counselor.
active duty and stationed in Washington State, and their
Family Members will be considered residents for tuition
purposes whenever they enroll in a public university or
college within the state of Washington (Senate Bill 5330).