Army Spouse Scholarships

Army Spouse Scholarships

As the spouse of a soldier in the U.S. Army, you may want to take advantage of programs designed to offer financial assistance and scholarship opportunities to family members looking to pursue educational and career goals.

Earlier this year, the Department of Defense (DoD) and Veteran’s Administration (VA) announced brand new benefit programs designed to help spouses of service members to obtain monetary aid as they seek to gain the skills and credentials to begin or advance their careers.

Here are some of education and emergency relief programs currently offered by the Army for its spouses and family members:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Transferability: A special provision of the new Post-9/11 GI Bill offers education benefits for the spouses and children of servicemembers and veterans. Under the new law the Department of Defense is authorized to allow individuals who have served at least 6 years in the Armed Forces and who agree to serve at least another 4 years to transfer unused GI Bill entitlement to their spouse.

SOCAD: The Service member’s Opportunity Colleges (SOC) degree program for the Army. Colleges that are part of this network offer associate and bachelor’s degree programs either on or in close proximity to Army installations across the globe. SOCD colleges form groups in which each college accepts credits from all the others.

The SOCAD program guarantees that spouses and adult family members will be allowed to complete their studies toward a degree even if the Army may transfer you multiple times. There are also degrees offered through distance learning which do not require classroom residency.

Stateside Spouse Education Assistance Program (SEAP): This is a need-based option created to provide spouses of active duty Army Soldiers, and widows/widowers of those who died while on active duty, financial aid for education that will ultimately broaden and enhance their occupational opportunities. To qualify, you must be a resident of the United States.

Individuals receiving free tuition as a result of their employment will not be able to receive tuition assistance from Amy Emergency Relief (AER) but may apply for assistance to cover fees, books and the cost of other supplies needed for classes they are enrolled in.

SEAP has a cap of $2,500 in funds per academic year.

Spouse Education Assistance Program (EAP): This is available for those deployed overseas to Europe, Korea, Japan or Okinawa. The Army Emergency Relief offers your spouse a grant to help with the expenses associated with pursuing his or her education, up to $350 per term.

Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts (MYCAA): This program was designed to provide assistance to military spouses trying to obtain the skills and credentials they need to begin or further their careers. Through these accounts, the costs of training and education are covered, giving participants the chance to get a degree or credential in portable fields that are in demand across the country. MyCAA can be used to pay up to $3,000 in fees for one year and may be renewed for an additional year for a two-year total of up to $6,000.

Spouse and Dependents Education Assistance: This program offers up to 45 months of education benefits to eligible dependents of service members which can be used for degree and certificate programs, apprenticeship, and on-site training.

Regarding scholarships, many go unclaimed because eligible recipients don’t know where to look. Visit the Military.com’s Scholarship Finder to find out what is available and how to apply.

The Army, as all branched of the Armed Forces, is committed to helping spouses and dependents of its service members in their quest for educational training and in developing skills to further their success both personally and professionally.

As the spouse of a soldier in the U.S. Army, you may want to take advantage of programs designed to offer financial assistance and scholarship opportunities to family members looking to pursue educational and career goals. Assistance may be provided for colleges, universities, and online degree programs.