United States Armed Forces - Active Duty: copy of current official military orders: documentation of service in Afghanistan/Iraq
United States Armed Forces - Veteran: copy of Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (DD-214)
United States Armed Forces - Reserve Component: copy of Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (DD-214)
Maryland National Guard: copy of Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (DD-214)
Note: Stepchildren do not qualify for the VAIC program. Also, the DD214 form must include dates served and where served (Afghanistan/Iraq or contiguous waters or air space). If information is not on DD214, other official documentation must be provided with dates and places as listed above.
WHEN TO APPLY
Complete and file the Veterans of the Afghanistan and Iraq Conflicts Scholarship application and all supplemental documents by March 1, 2021.
Note: While the 2021-2022 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is not required, if you choose to complete the FAFSA, it must be completed by March 1 st for consideration of the VAIC program.
a veteran or active duty member of the Armed Forces who is serving or has served in the Afghanistan or Iraq Conflicts at least 60 days, as defined above; or
a member of a reserve component of the Armed Forces or Maryland National Guard who was activated as a result of the Afghanistan or Iraq Conflicts and served at least 60 days, as defined above.
Applicants must be residents of Maryland, must be accepted for admission or enrolled in a regular undergraduate program at an eligible Maryland institution, or be accepted for admission or enrolled in a 2-year terminal certificate program in which the course work is acceptable for transfer credit for an accredited baccalaureate program at an eligible Maryland institution. Students must be enrolled as either a full-time (12+ credits per semester) or part-time (6-11 credits per semester) undergraduate student.
Note: Residents of Maryland include active members of the United States Armed Forces, their spouses and their dependent children who are stationed in the State of Maryland or whose home of residency is Maryland.
Scholarships awarded under this program shall supplement any federal education benefits for which a recipient qualifies as a result of an individual's military service or status as a dependent of a member of the armed forces or of a veteran of the armed forces. The funds may be used at any eligible Maryland institution to pay for educational expenses including tuition and mandatory fees, and room and board.
The total dollar amount of all State awards, may not exceed your cost of attendance as determined by your school's financial aid office or $28,000, whichever is less. Funds may not be available to award all eligible students. The total amount of financial assistance that you receive, including State aid and Veteran's Educational Benefits, may not exceed your cost of attendance, as determined by your institution.
Download the 2021-2022 VAIC Conditions of Award
Download the 2021-2022 VAIC Conditions of Award Renewal
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