Hurry, Air Force service member and their families! The deadline of 2011-2012 Air Force Aid Society General Henry H. Arnold Education Grant Program is near! The new application will be accepted until November 1, 2010.

What is Air Force Aid Society General Henry H. Arnold Education Grant Program

Air Force Aid Society General Henry H. Arnold Education Grant Program

Air Force Aid Society General Henry H. Arnold Education Grant Program

The centerpiece of the Society’s education initiatives is the General Henry H. Arnold Education Grant Program which provides $2000 grants to selected sons and daughters of active duty, Title 10 AGR/Reserve, Title 32 AGR performing full-time active duty, retired, retired reserve and deceased Air Force members; spouses (stateside) of active duty members and Title 10 AGR/Reservists; and surviving spouses of deceased personnel for their undergraduate studies.

This grant program remains competitive in its need-based selection criteria, uniquely tailored to recognize the proper weighing of family income and education cost factors, and is administered by ACT Scholarship and Recognition Services. ACT, located in Iowa City IA, is an independent, not-for-profit organization with over 46 years experience in providing support services to scholarship sponsors.

Air Force Aid Society General Henry H. Arnold Education Grant Program Eligibility

Applicants must be in one of the following categories (items 1-3) and meet all other eligibility criteria listed below (items 4-6):

  1. Dependent sons and daughters of Air Force members in one of the following categories:
    • Active Duty, Title 10 AGR/Reserve on extended active duty, and Title 32 AGR performing full-time active duty. All members must be on active duty through December 1, 2010 (all other Guard and Reserve are not eligible).
    • Retired due to length of active duty service or disability, or retired AGR/Reserve with 20+ qualifying years creditable for retired pay (all others are not eligible).
    • Deceased while on active duty or in retired status.
  2. Spouses of Active Duty members and Title 10 AGR/Reservists on extended active duty. Member’s active duty status must extend through December 1, 2010. Eligible spouses must:
    • Reside and attend school within the lower 48 contiguous states during the academic year.
    • Be legally married to member (not separated or pending divorce) at time of application and disbursement of award.

    Spouses of Active Duty members residing overseas (including Alaska and Hawaii) during the academic year have access to a separate AFAS grant program, called the Spouse Tuition Assistance Program (STAP) and therefore, are not eligible under this program.

  3. Surviving spouses of Air Force members who died while on active duty or in retired status.
  4. Will be a high school graduate enrolled or accepted as a full-time undergraduate student in the 2010-2011 academic year.NOTE: Students enrolled exclusively in distance education courses should check with their school official to verify their enrollment as meeting school’s full-time status requirements.
  5. Will be enrolled or accepted in an accredited college, university or vocational/trade school approved by the U.S. Department of Education for participation in federal aid programs.
  6. Maintain at least a cumulative 2.0 grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 grading scale.
  7. NOTE: Eligibility in future years requires previous grant recipients to demonstrate satisfactory progress by promotion in school grade level. Awards are not automatically renewed; students must reapply and recompete each year.

Air Force Aid Society General Henry H. Arnold Education Grant Program Application Process

  1. Complete, print and sign the preliminary application form (Gen. Henry H. Arnold AFAS Education Grant Program Application).Section A should be completed by the student applicant.Section B should be completed by the Air Force member.(For children of deceased members, other parent or guardian should complete Section B; surviving spouses of deceased members should complete Section B with deceased member’s information, with exception of mailing address, home phone number, email address, work phone number, and signature. These items should be completed with the surviving spouse’s information and own signature.)
  2. ALL student applicants must attach front and back copies of military ID card and sponsoring member’s qualifying documentation as follows:
    • Active Duty – attach front and back copies of ID card and copy of assignment orders to present duty station. Title 10 AGR/Reserve attach front and back copies of ID card and copy of extended active duty orders showing active status through December 1, 2010. (All Active Duty members sponsoring spouses for grants must be on active duty status through December 1, 2010). NOTE: Spouses living stateside while member is PCS overseas (including Alaska and Hawaii) must provide verification of residence within lower 48 contiguous states during the 2010-2011 academic year (i.e. a phone/utility bill for current residence).
    • Title 32 AGR – attach front and back copies of ID card showing active duty and orders/contracts showing performance of full-time active duty through December 1, 2010. (AF Form 526 AGR/USAFR Point Credit Summary accepted with active duty status through December 2010.)
    • Retired – attach front and back copies of ID card and copy of military retirement orders. (DD Form 214 Statement of Service accepted with reason for separation listed as retirement.) Retired AGR/Reserve attach front and back copies of ID card and retirement orders (DD Form 214); notice of eligibility for retired pay at age 60; or retired pay order showing retired with pay on 60th birthday or later.
    • Deceased – attach a copy of AF Form 1613 Statement of Service form; or State Death Certificate with copy of most current military orders.
  3. Mail application and attached documentation to Air Force Aid Society’s Education Assistance Department, 241 18th Street South, Suite 202, Arlington, VA 22202-3409.ONLY CORRECTLY COMPLETED APPLICATIONS RECEIVED BY MARCH 12, 2010 WILL BE CONSIDERED FOR A GRANT AWARD.
  4. AFAS receives application, verifies applicant’s eligibility and Air Force member’s status, and forwards correctly completed forms to ACT for processing. Forms needing corrections will be returned to the student applicant. All applicants will be notified of their eligibility within 2 weeks of mailing preliminary application to AFAS HQ.
  5. ACT will email to the student a User ID and password to access two forms on their website: 1) a Family Financial Data Form (FFDF), specifically for the AFAS grant selection process; and 2) a Grade Point Average (GPA) Verification Form. BOTH FORMS MUST BE COMPLETED AND RECEIVED BY ACT NO LATER THAN APRIL 15, 2010.
    NOTE: The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) requires a student’s written consent to release GPA information to third parties. Although the online submission of GPA information to ACT meets FERPA requirements, some schools will not electronically submit GPA data. Students need to verify if their schools will provide GPA data online or only by regular mail. In addition, students who are home schooled are required to provide standardized test results (SAT, ACT, GED) or State-issued documentation of high school completion as proof of meeting 2.0 GPA requirement. Therefore, the GPA Verification Form will have to be printed, completed and mailed with supporting documents.
  6. Once ACT acquires the data from your FFDF and your GPA Verification Form, your application will be processed and evaluated for grant selection.
  7. If the applicant is selected for a grant, an award notice, identifying the school selection upon which eligibility was based, will be sent to the student in June 2010. CHANGING SCHOOLS CAN AFFECT ELIGIBILITY. Re-scoring of eligibility is automatic when notice of school change is received. Applicants not selected will also be notified in June 2010.
  8. All grant award checks will be made payable to the school, and will be sent in two increments directly to the school’s financial aid office. First increment will be disbursed in early August, and the second in early December of 2010. Grant awards for 2010-2011 are valid through July 1, 2011. However, funds may only be used for the academic year for which they were disbursed. Any check not cashed by July 1, 2011 will be canceled and funds will not be reissued.

NOTE: The AFAS Grant Program application deadlines for the 2010-2011 academic year are March 12, 2010 for the preliminary application and April 15, 2010 for the FFDF and GPA forms. You should allow enough mailing time to ensure that the preliminary application and all other forms are received in time to meet deadlines.

Only applicants whose grant application materials (preliminary application, financial data, and GPA verification) have been received by AFAS/ACT by the stated deadlines will be considered for a grant. There will be no extensions to the grant program deadlines!

For questions regarding the preliminary application or processing procedures:

  • THE AIR FORCE AID SOCIETY: 1(800)429-9475, or (703)607-3072, or DSN 327-3072
  • For questions regarding the FFDF and GPA forms: 1(800)205-6372
  • OVERSEAS APPLICANTS: (319)341-2266

Preliminary grant applications for the 2011-2012 academic year will be available 1 November 2010.