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What do 9/11 and College Grants have in common?

Today is the 11th year anniversary for the tragedies that occurred on September 11, 2001.  Many families were affected, there were fathers, mothers, grandparents that died that day; and although it’s been over 10 years many of the young children who were affected may be college age individuals now in 2012.  So why am I making a correlation between college students and the 9/11 tragedies.  Many parents and college students are not aware that there are Federal grants and  state scholarships, for children who lost a parent or guardian in the wars of Iraq or Afghanistan after September 11.

Federal Grants
The Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant is a federal grant that can assist college and career students with paying for their education.  Here are some of the requirements that must be met in order to be eligible for the Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant.
·         The student must be must be younger than 24 years or enrolled in school part-time at the time of their parent’s death.
·         The student must be eligible for the Federal Pell Grant, which is based on the Expected Family Contribution.  A student’s EFC is calculated on the Federal FAFSA form.
·         The parent or guardian must have served in the U.S Armed Services Military for the wars of Iraq or Afghanistan, which was after September 11.
A student who is awarded the Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant can receive a maximum award amount for the 2012-2013 school year of $5,550.
State Scholarships
In New Jersey, there is the New Jersey World Trade Center Scholarship; this is a state scholarship that is awarded to the surviving spouses and children who were killed from the events that happen on September 11 or any illness from the exposure of the attack.  In order for a student to receive funding he or she has to be an eligible applicant.  Here are some of the requirements that have to be met:
·         The student must be an U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen.
·         The student must be a full-time, undergraduate student.
·         Student must be a child or spouse of an individual who was a NJ resident on September 11, 2001.
·         Limited to eight years from the date of the child's high school graduation and eight years from the date of death for the spouse.

One of the benefits of the New Jersey World Trade Center Scholarship is the student is not obligated to attend only a New Jersey based college or university, out of state Title IV colleges qualify too.  For the 2012 -2013 school year a student could receive an award for $5,000.

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