To many students fresh out of undergrad programs, graduate school can seem like an unattainable dream; this goes double for military spouses seeking to further their education while their spouse serves. However, several grant opportunities are available for military spouses to help ease the road to a graduate degree. You and your spouse have done so much for the country, with these grants the country can give a little back.
|Grant/Scholarship||Military Branch||Award Amount||Qualifications|
|Pat Tillman Foundation||Any||Average of $10,000 per year||Current spouses (including surviving spouses), demonstration of service to others, community impact, attend Tillman Foundation events when requested, full-time status|
|Army Nurse Corps Association Scholarship||Army||Up to $3,000||US Army spouses, nursing or anesthesia students, not receiving assistance through Army ROTC scholarship or GI Bill|
|National Military Family Association Military Spouse Scholarship||Any||Up to $1,000||Military spouses with valid ID, divorced spouses with 20/20/20 or 20/20/15 benefits|
|Fleet Reserve Association Education Foundation Scholarships||Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard||Up to $5,000||Full-time student spouses|
|Coast Guard Mutual Assistance Supplemental Education Grant||Coast Guard||Up to $500 per year||Eligible spouses currently enrolled in degree programs|
Military Spouse Grants for Graduate School
There are many grants aimed at members of the armed forces. These offer either a set amount per academic year or a lump sum to be used during a student's time at college. We've broken down five grants and scholarships with varying qualifications that can be used for graduate school. No matter your situation, you should be able to find educational assistance to continue your studies.
Pat Tillman Foundation Grant
The Pat Tillman Foundation is an organization for veterans and active-duty members of the armed forces, and members (called 'Tillman Scholars') are eligible to receive a grant for further education for themselves or their spouses. The Tillman grant is for an average of $10,000 per year, dependent on things such as the recipient's community impact or service they've provided for others. While a Tillman Scholar, the recipient of the grant is expected to attend a yearly Pat Tillman Leadership Summit in Chicago. Tillman Scholars are also expected to maintain a 3.0 GPA or better as a full-time student.
Army Nurse Corps Association Scholarship
For the spouse of a member of the Army, the Army Nurse Corps Association (ANCA) can offer a large financial incentive to study nursing. With ANCA's scholarship, a student working toward a bachelor's or master's degree in nursing or anesthesia, with a spouse serving or having served in the Army, is eligible for up to $3,000 toward their education. Unlike the other scholarships on this list, ANCA's offer is specifically for nursing or anesthesia students, so there will be less competition to qualify. The ANCA scholarship is also available to spouses of veterans, so active duty is not a requirement to qualify.
National Military Family Association Scholarship
The National Military Family Association (NMFA) has a scholarship available specifically for military spouses, the NMFA Military Spouse Scholarship. The scholarship is available to a spouse of an active-duty, reserve, guard, medically retired, wounded, or fallen service member, and provides up to $1,000 for education toward a degree. This scholarship doesn't have a requirement for military branch, or a specific school, so a recipient will have a lot of flexibility with their education. A student could use the money provided by NMFA a graduate program of their choice.
Fleet Reserve Association Education Foundation Scholarships
The FRA awards scholarships based on academic progress and financial need, along with demonstration of positive qualities in leadership and character. Recipients must be personally affiliated with the US Navy, Marine Corps or Coast Guard, or through their spouses, parents, or grandparents. The Foundation awards up to $5,000 for those studying full-time towards undergraduate or graduate degrees at accredited schools.
Coast Guard Mutual Assistance Supplemental Education Grant
For a member of the Coast Guard or their family, the Coast Guard Mutual Assistance (CGMA) Supplemental Education Grant (SEG) could provide some financial relief. SEG offers CGMA members up to $500 a year in undergrad or graduate programs, a vocational certificate, or a GED program. SEG is mostly concerned with tuition assistance, but it also offers to pay for books and materials required for classes, within the $500 grand amount. Recipients may also be eligible for other CGMA programs, so a Coast Guard spouse could find additional educational help available.