The Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant is awarded to a student whose parent or guardian was a member of the U.S. Armed Forces and died as a result of service performed in Iraq or Afghanistan after September 11, 2001 may be eligible to receive the Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant.
At the time of the parent’s or guardian’s death, the student must have been younger than 24 years old and/or enrolled at least part-time at an institution of higher education.
The grant award is equal to the amount of a maximum Pell Grant for the award year. Current year award amount is maximum is $5,500.
However, it cannot exceed the cost of attendance (COA) for that award year, which is the total amount it will cost you to go to school. The COA includes tuition and fees; on-campus room and board (or a housing and food allowance for off-campus students); and allowances for books, supplies, transportation, loan fees, and, if applicable, dependent care. It also includes miscellaneous and personal expenses, including an allowance for the rental or purchase of a personal computer.
Additional Student Eligibility Requirements:
The student must be ineligible for a Federal Pell Grant due only to having less financial need than is required to receive Pell funds, and
The student must be under 24 years old, or enrolled in college at least part-time at the time of the parent’s or guardian’s death.
The grant award is equal to the amount of a maximum Pell Grant for the award year – not to exceed the cost of attendance for that award year.
Before a student can receive the grant funds, he or she must fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).