Postsecondary Education Scholarships for Veteran"s Dependents

To provide eligible veteran"s dependent undergraduate postsecondary students with non-need based grant assistance to help meet educational expenses.



Agency - Department of Education

The Department of Education ensures equal access to education and promotes educational excellence through coordination, management and accountability in Federal education programs. The Department works to supplement and complement educational efforts on all levels, encouraging increased involvement by the public, parents and students.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.

Federal Student Aid Information Center.

Telephone: (1-800) 433-3243.

Regional Director, Federal Student Aid, the Director of Student Financial Aid at the institution the student wishes to attend, high school guidance counselors, or directors of State agencies.


Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2009: No Current Data Available. Fiscal Year 2010: Less than 1,000 recipients are expected. Fiscal Year 2011: Less than 1,000 recipients are expected.

Uses and Use Restrictions

The student must be an eligible veteran s dependent whose parent or guardian was a member of the Armed Forces of the United States and died as a result of performing military service in Iraq or Afghanistan after September 11, 2001.

At the time of the parent or guardian s death, the student was less than 24 years of age or enrolled at an institution of higher education.

The student must also be a U. S. citizen or eligible noncitizen who has been accepted for enrollment in, and is making satisfactory academic progress at an eligible institution of higher education.

Eligible schools may be public or private nonprofit institutions of higher education, (such as colleges, universities, vocational-technical schools, hospital schools of nursing), and for- profit institutions (proprietary).

Eligible males who are at least 18 years or older and born after December 31, 1959, can receive aid only if they have registered with the Selective Service.

Graduate students and students who have already earned a bachelor"s degree are not eligible for assistance, except those enrolled in an eligible program leading to a professional certification in teaching.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

The student must be an eligible veteran s dependent whose parent or guardian was a member of the Armed Forces of the United States and died as a result of performing military service in Iraq or Afghanistan after September 11, 2001.

At the time of the parent or guardian s death, the student was less than 24 years of age or enrolled at an institution of higher education.

Undergraduate students and students pursuing a teaching certificate enrolled as regular students in an eligible program at an eligible institution of higher education and making satisfactory academic progress.

The applicants must be U.S.

citizens or eligible noncitizens and have a high school diploma, a GED, or demonstrate the ability to benefit from the program offered.

Applicants must apply annually using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

To be eligible, the applicant must meet all IAS Grant eligibility requirements, and must not have a Federal Pell Grant eligible Expected Family Contribution (EFC).

Beneficiary Eligibility

Eligible veteran s dependent undergraduate students and students pursuing a teaching certificate that are U.S. citizens or eligible noncitizens. Students must be: regular students in an eligible program and enrolled in institutions of higher education, making satisfactory academic progress. Incarcerated students, except those incarcerated in local penal facilities, are ineligible. Students must sign a statement of educational purpose, not owe a refund on a Title IV grant, and not be in default on a Title IV loan. Eligible males that are at least 18 years old and born after December 31, 1959, can receive aid only if they have registered with the Selective Service. The eligible veteran s dependent student cannot receive both an Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant and Federal Pell Grant during the same award year.

Credentials/Documentation

No Credentials or documentation are required. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is required.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110. Student completes a "Free Application for Federal Student Aid" and submits it to the processing agency specified on the form. Students may apply using a paper application, an electronic application, or via the Internet. The Department of Education calculates the student"s financial eligibility for assistance and returns a notification to the student of his or her eligibility for assistance. The student submits this notification to the institution of his or her choice in order to have his or her award calculated.

Award Procedures

Institutions act as disbursing agents for the Department of Education. The institution that the student attends calculates and disburses the IASG. The Secretary shall award grants under this section in the same manner, and with the same terms and conditions, including the length of the period of eligibility, as the Secretary awards Federal Pell Grants, except that the award rules and determination of need applicable to Federal Pell Grants shall not apply to grants under IASG. The amount of the IASG award is the same as the maximum Pell Grant for the award year, adjusted for the student s enrollment status and cost of attendance.

Deadlines

Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.

Authorization

Higher Education Act of 1965, Executive Order Subpart 10, Title IV, Part A, Subpart 10, Section 420R.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Not Applicable.

Appeals

An institution may adjust on a case-by-case basis a student"s FAFSA data elements used to calculate his or her EFC and cost of attendance due to unusual circumstances documented by the institution.

Renewals

Eligibility is determined annually.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory Formula: Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA), Public Law 110-315; Higher Education Act of 1965, Title IV, Part A, Subpart 10, Section 420R, as amended. The Department shall award grants under this formula section in the same manner, and with the same terms and conditions, including the length of the period of eligibility, as the Department awards Federal Pell Grants, except that the award rules and determination of need applicable to Federal Pell Grants shall not apply to no match grants under IASG. The amount of the IASG award is the same as the maximum Pell Grant for the award year, adjusted for the student s enrollment status and cost of attendance. .
Matching requirements are not applicable to this program.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Students are not limited to one Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant during any award year (July 1 through June 30). There is funding for students to receive a second IASG during a single award year. IASG funds are disbursed by each payment period, at least twice during an award year. Students may only receive an IASG until they have received a bachelor"s degree, except for those enrolled in an eligible program leading to a professional certification in teaching. Students are limited to a maximum of 18 semesters or equivalent of IASG funding to receive their bachelor s degree. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Not Applicable.

Audits

In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133. IAS Grant recipient and all fiscal management records must be maintained by the institutions for a period of 3 years or until an acceptable audit has been completed, whichever is later.

Records

No Data Available.

Financial Information

Account Identification

91-0248-0-1-502.

Obigations

(Formula Grants) FY 09 $0; FY 10 est $232,000; FY 11 est $240,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

For FY 2010, grants will range from $555-$5,550; the average grant is estimated at $3,310 For FY 2011, grants are expected to range from $555-$5,550; the average grant is estimated at $3,310.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Regulations governing administration of the IAS Grant Program are expected to be similar to the Pell Grant Program found in 34 CFR 600, 668, and 690. Funding Education Beyond High School; Free Application for Federal Student Aid; "The Student Financial Aid Handbook."

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. Federal Student Aid Information Center. Telephone: (1-800) 433-3243. Regional Director, Federal Student Aid, the Director of Student Financial Aid at the institution the student wishes to attend, high school guidance counselors, or directors of State agencies.

Headquarters Office

Federal Student Aid Information Center, Federal Student Aid, Department of Education, 400 Maryland Ave., S.W., Washington, District of Columbia 20202 Phone: (800) 433-3243.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Grants are awarded to postsecondary education students based on the provisions of the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA), Public Law 110-315; Higher Education Act of 1965, Title IV, Part A, Subpart 10, Section 420R, as amended.



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