Since its inception in 1942, the Air Force Aid Society (AFAS) has been committed to helping Air Force members and their families realize their academic goals. The General Henry H. Arnold Education Grant program, the centerpiece of the Society's education initiatives, has been overwhelmingly popular.
Applicants must be in one of the following categories (items 1-3) and meet all other eligibility criteria listed below (items 4-6) at time of application and throughout award year:
Dependent sons and daughters of Air Force members in one of the following categories:
Active Duty, Title 10 AGR/Reserve on extended active duty, and Title 32 AGR performing full-time active duty. All members must be on active duty through December 1, 2016 (all other Guard and Reserve are not eligible).
Retired due to length of active duty service or disability, or retired AGR/Reserve with 20+ satisfactory service years creditable for retired pay (all others are not eligible).
Deceased while on active duty or in retired status.
For financial aid purposes, a "dependent" student is one who will not reach age 24 during the award year; will not be a graduate or professional student; will not be a veteran; will not be an orphan or ward of the court; will not be married or have legal dependents other than a spouse.
Spouses of Active Duty members and Title 10 AGR/Reservists on extended active duty. Member's active duty status must extend through December 1, 2016. Eligible spouses must be legally married to member (not separated or pending divorce) at time of application and disbursement of award.
Surviving spouses of Air Force members who died while on active duty or in retired status.
Will be a high school graduate enrolled or accepted as a full-time undergraduate student in the 2016-2017 academic year.
NOTE: Students enrolled exclusively in distance education courses should check with their school official to verify their enrollment as meeting school's full-time status requirements.
Will be enrolled or accepted in an accredited college, university or vocational/trade school approved by the U.S. Department of Education for participation in federal aid programs.
Maintain at least a cumulative 2.0 grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 grading scale.
Student registers as a user on the Air Force Aid Society’s Education Grant Portal.
Student and sponsoring member/legal guardian complete the Phase I online application for the Gen. Henry H. Arnold Education Grant Program.
ALL applicants must submit front and back copies of the student’s military ID card [AFI 36-3026(I), Chapter 1, Table 184.108.40.206. permits cardholder to photocopy IDs to “administer military-related benefits to eligible beneficiaries”], and sponsoring member's qualifying documentation as follows:Active Duty - attach copy of assignment orders to present duty station. Title 10 AGR/Reserve attach copy of extended active duty orders showing active status through December 1, 2016. (All Active Duty members sponsoring spouses for grants must be on active duty status through December 1, 2016).
Title 32 AGR - attach orders/contracts showing performance of full-time active duty through December 1, 2016. (AF Form 526 AGR/USAFR Point Credit Summary accepted with active duty status through December 2016.)
Retired - attach copy of military retirement orders. (DD Form 214 Statement of Service accepted with reason for separation listed as retirement.) Retired AGR/Reserve attach retirement orders (DD Form 214); notice of eligibility for retired pay at age 60; or retired pay order showing retired with pay on 60th birthday or later.
Deceased - attach a copy of AF Form 1613 Statement of Service form; or State Death Certificate with copy of most current military orders.
Submit the application and attached documentation to Air Force Aid Society's Education Assistance Department.
ONLY CORRECTLY COMPLETED APPLICATIONS WITH ALL REQUIRED DOCUMENTS THAT ARE RECEIVED BY MARCH 18, 2016 WILL BE CONSIDERED FOR A GRANT AWARD.
AFAS receives application, verifies applicant's eligibility and Air Force member's status, and forwards correctly completed forms to Scholarship Management Services (SMS) for processing. Students whose forms need correction will be contacted. All applicants will be notified of their eligibility within 2 weeks of submitting the online application to AFAS HQ.
SMS will email to the student a User ID and password to access their website for the Phase II online application, which includes reporting of: 1) Expected Family Contribution (EFC) from their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Student Aid Report (SAR); and 2) most recent cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA). Applicants must submit copies of their SAR and most current transcript (unofficial) to verify data entered. PHASE II APPLICATION AND SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS MUST BE COMPLETED AND RECEIVED BY SMS NO LATER THAN APRIL 29, 2016.
NOTE: Students who are home schooled are required to provide standardized test results (SAT, ACT, GED) or State-issued documentation of high school completion as proof of meeting 2.0 GPA requirement.
Once SMS acquires your SAR and GPA verification, your application will be processed and evaluated for grant selection.
If the applicant is selected for a grant, an award notice, identifying the school selection upon which eligibility was based, will be sent to the student in June 2016. CHANGING SCHOOLS CAN AFFECT ELIGIBILITY. Re-scoring of eligibility is automatic when notice of school change is received. Applicants not selected will also be notified in June 2016.
All grant award checks will be made payable to the school, and will be sent in two increments directly to the school's financial aid office. First increment will be disbursed in early August, and the second in early December of 2016. Use of funds is limited to tuition, books, fees, and other curriculum-required materials. Room and board are not allowable expenses. Grant awards for 2016-2017 are valid through July 1, 2017. However, funds may only be used for the academic year for which they were disbursed. Any check not cashed by July 1, 2017 will be canceled and funds will not be reissued.
NOTE: The AFAS Grant Program application deadlines for the 2016-2017 academic year are March 18, 2016 for the Phase I AFAS online application, and April 29, 2016 for the Phase II SMS online application (SAR and GPA verification). All forms and required documents should be submitted in time to meet deadlines.
Only applicants whose grant application materials (online applications and supporting documents) have been received by AFAS/SMS by the stated deadlines will be considered for a grant. There will be no extensions to the grant program deadlines!
For questions regarding the Phase I AFAS online application or processing procedures call the Air Force Aid Society’s Education Assistance Department at (703) 972-2647.
For questions regarding the Phase II SMS online application (SAR and GPA verification) call Scholarship Management Services at 1(800) 205-6372, or email email@example.com. Overseas applicants may contact SMS at (507) 931-8372.