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.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Federal Student Aid, Department of Education
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
A - Formula Grants; C - Direct Payments For Specified Use
Fiscal Year 2016
Less than 1,000 recipients are expected. Less than 1,000 recipients are expected.Fiscal Year 2017
Less than 1,000 recipients are expected.Fiscal Year 2018
Less than 1,000 recipients are expected.Fiscal Year 2019
Less than 1,000 recipients are expected.Fiscal Year 2020
Less than 1,000 recipients are expected.
Higher Education Act of 1965, Title IV, Part A, Subpart 1, Subpart 10, Title IV, Part A, Subpart 1
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
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 applicants must be U.S. citizens or eligible noncitizens and have a high school diploma, or a GED. 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).
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.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Preapplication coordination is required. Preapplication coordination is required. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. 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.
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.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
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.
Eligibility is determined annually.
How are proposals selected?
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 1, as amended.
How may assistance be used?
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.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
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.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Students are able to receive one IASG award during any award year (July 1 through June 30). Funds for the IASG award are usually disbursed at least twice during an award year. Beginning with the 2017–2018 award year, students can receive IASG award funds for up to 150 percent of the student’s IASG scheduled award for an award year. To be eligible for the additional IASG funds, the student must be otherwise eligible to receive IASG funds for the payment period and must be enrolled at least half-time in the payment period(s) for which the student receives the additional IASG funds in excess of 100 percent of the student’s IASG scheduled award. Students may only receive a IASG award until they have received a bachelor's degree. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Electronic transfer. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: Lump.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
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.
Federal Student Aid Information Center,
Federal Student Aid, Department of Education, P.O.Box 84
Washington, DC 20044-0084 US
(Formula Grants) FY 18$329,000.00; FY 19 est $317,000.00; FY 20 est $307,000.00; FY 17$455,000.00; FY 16$432,000.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
For FY 2018, grants ranged from $569-$5,693; the average grant was estimated at $5,160. For FY 2019, grants are expected to range from $581-$5,811; the average grant is estimated at $5,293. For FY 2020, grants are expected to range from $620-$6,195, the average grant is estimated at $5,619.
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 Federal Student Aid Handbook."
Examples of Funded Projects