Military Pell Grant Requirements
Students whose parents died in either Iraq or Afghanistan during war are eligible to receive the maximum Pell Grant amount if they already qualify for a Pell Grant. The Pell Grant is offered through the Federal Government for students that are considered low-income or in financial need. If your parent or guardian was a member of the U.S. armed forced and died while serving in Iraq or Afghanistan after the events of 9/11 and you already are eligible for a Pell Grant then you may qualify to receive the maximum Pell Grant award amount. In order to qualify, students must also have been less than 24 years of age or enrolled in college or career school at least part-time before the event took place.
The Pell Grant is a great option to pay for college, since the grant doesnít have to be repaid. Students can use Pell Grant funds to pay for school tuition, books, and school supplies. Students that qualify for the maximum Pell Grant will have an EFC score of zero. Students that qualify for the special military maximum Pell Grant circumstance will automatically have their EFC score reduced to zero.
If you meet those requirements but arenít eligible to receive a Federal Pell Grant due to your EFC being too high, you might be able to get an Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant.
The Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant
You may be eligible to receive the Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant if
+ You are not eligible for a Federal Pell Grant on the basis of your Expected Family Contribution but meet the remaining Federal Pell Grant eligibility requirements, and
+ Your parent or guardian was a member of the U.S. armed forces and died as a result of military service performed in Iraq or Afghanistan after the events of 9/11, and
+ You were under 24 years old or enrolled in college at least part-time at the time of your parentís or guardianís death.
The Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant award is equal to the amount of a maximum Federal Pell Grant for the award year but cannot exceed your cost of attendance for that award year.