By Thomas Crisp Contributing Columnist
February 21. 2015
The VA Fry Scholarship Program has undergone a few changes which surviving families should be aware of. This scholarship is available for children and spouses of active duty service members who die in the line of duty on or after 9/11/01.
Highlighted changes include:
• Eligible spouses and children may receive 36-months of full in state tuition, a housing stipend, and a book allowance.
• Children can use the benefit until they turn 33.
• Spouses have 15 years from the date of the service member’s death to use the benefit; eligibility is voided upon remarriage.
• Spouse DIC will not be impacted by use of the Fry Scholarship. However, children cannot simultaneously receive both benefits.
You can apply for the Fry Scholarship online at www.vba.va.gov/pubs/forms/VBA-22-5490-ARE.pdf. For more details on these changes and any further questions on education benefits, contact TAPS Education Support Services at email@example.com or call toll free 1-800-959-8277.