The Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant is a federal grant available to undergraduate students whose 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 September 11, 2001. You are eligible for the grant if:
- You were less than 24 years old or enrolled in college at least part-time at the time of your parent or guardian’s death.
- You are not eligible for the federal Pell Grant on the basis of your Expected Family Contribution (EFC)
- You meet all other general federal financial aid eligibility requirements
- You have completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for each year in which you wish to receive the Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant
The grant amount is equivalent to the maximum Pell Grant for the award and when combined with other aid cannot exceed the total cost of attendance. Grants are typically available only during the academic year (i.e., fall and spring semester), but in some cases may be available summer coursework. Those students interested in summer coursework should review their eligibility with the Financial Aid Office. The grant can be renewed every year until you complete a Bachelor’s degree, as long as you file the FAFSA and continue to meet the general eligibility requirements.
For the 2022-23 award year the maximum Pell Grant is $6,895 for a full-time undergraduate student; awards to part-time students are reduced based on registered credits. However, due to federal sequestration regulations, awards disbursed after October 1, 2021 and before October 1, 2022 must be reduced by 5.7% and, as a result, the award for a full-time student is actually $6,502. Grants are disbursed after enrollment is verified at the beginning of each semester.