Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant

If your parent or guardian died while serving in Iraq or Afghanistan after September 11, 2001 you may be eligible to receive the Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant.  You can qualify for this grant even if you are already approved for a Pell Grant, but you do not have to receive the Pell Grant to qualify to get this free money for college.

If your parent or guardian died while serving in Iraq or Afghanistan after September 11, 2001 you may be eligible to receive the Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant.  You can qualify for this grant even if you are already approved for a Pell Grant, but you do not have to receive the Pell Grant to qualify.

The following requirements need to be met in order to qualify for the Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant:

  • You must complete a FASFA (free application for federal student aid)
  • You must have been 24 years of age or younger when your parent died, or have been enrolled in college at the time of their death (if over the age of 24)
  • You must meet all Title IV eligibility requirements (be an us citizen, have a HS diploma or GED, not have defaulted on a previous school loan, and be pursuing a degree)

Students with an EFC (estimated family contribution) that is higher than what is allowed to receive a Pell Grant may still qualify for the Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant. The same amount of money is awarded with an IASG as the maximum available with a Pell Grant.  Any other aid will be calculated using the students EFC. The Higher Education Opportunity Act sets students EFC at zero if they meet all the requirements for the grant.

Certain legislators believe that the questions regarding the Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant should not be included on the FASFA. They believe it is the responsibility of the Secretary of Defense and Secretary of Veteran Affairs to provide the information needed to qualify students for this grant. Being the questions are not on the FASFA, the student will need to notify the office of scholarships and financial aid in order to obtain their eligibility for this grant.

The following requirements need to be met in order to qualify for the Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant:

  • You must complete a FASFA (free application for federal student aid)
  • You must have been 24 years of age or younger when your parent died, or have been enrolled in college at the time of their death (if over the age of 24)
  • You must meet all Title IV eligibility requirements (be an us citizen, have a HS diploma or GED, not have defaulted on a previous school loan, and be pursuing a degree)

Students with an EFC (estimated family contribution) that is higher than what is allowed to receive a Pell Grant may still qualify for the Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant. The same amount of money is awarded with an IASG as the maximum available with a Pell Grant.  Any other aid will be calculated using the students EFC. The Higher Education Opportunity Act sets students EFC at zero if they meet all the requirements for the grant.

Certain legislators believe that the questions regarding the Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant should not be included on the FASFA. They believe it is the responsibility of the Secretary of Defense and Secretary of Veteran Affairs to provide the information needed to qualify students for this grant. Being the questions are not on the FASFA, the student will need to notify the office of scholarships and financial aid in order to obtain their eligibility for this grant.