Application Procedures

January 2, 2019: Grant application submittals for the 2019-2020 academic year have closed. Please see application procedures below of what to expect for next year:

Submitting An Application

1.  Student answers eligibility questions and registers as a user on the Air Force Aid Society’s Education Grant Portal.

2.  Student and sponsoring member/other parent complete the online application for the Gen. Henry H. Arnold Education Grant Program.

3.  ALL applicants must submit:

  • Front and back copies of the student’s military ID card [AFI 36-3026(I), Chapter 1, Table permits cardholder to photocopy IDs to “administer military-related benefits to eligible beneficiaries”]
  • Copy of sponsoring member’s qualifying documentation, with all but the last four of SSN blacked out, 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, 2019. (All Active Duty members sponsoring spouses for grants must be on active duty status through December 1, 2019).

> Title 32 AGR – attach orders/contracts showing performance of full-time active duty through December 1, 2019. (AF Form 526 AGR/USAFR Point Credit Summary accepted with active duty status through December 2019.)

> 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 showing assignment to Retired Reserve Section and placement on USAF Reserve Retired list; 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.

  • Copy of the most recent transcript (unofficial acceptable). Must include any completed coursework through Fall 2018 semester and reflect the most recent cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale. If student never attended college, submit high school transcript. Students who are homeschooled 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.
  • Copy of full Student Aid Report (SAR) generated from the 2019-2020 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Note: Confirmation or acknowledgement pages for submitting the FAFSA are not acceptable.
  • Students applying as a 5th year undergraduate must provide verification of enrollment in a 5-year degree program (5th year required for all students in degree program/major).

4.  Submit the application and all required documentation to Air Force Aid Society’s Education Assistance Department.


After An Application is Submitted

5.  AFAS receives application and reviews for applicant’s eligibility and Air Force member’s status. All applicants will be notified of their eligibility within 2 weeks of submitting their online application to AFAS HQ.

6.  After application deadline, all eligible applicants will be evaluated for needs based grant selection, which is based on the cost of attendance, per semester at student’s chosen college and Expected Family Contribution (EFC) entered on Student Aid Report (SAR) from FAFSA.

7.  If applicant is selected for a grant, an award notice – identifying the school selection upon which eligibility was based – will be emailed to the student in June 2019. 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 2019.

8.  All grant award checks will be made payable to the school’s financial aid office. Students attending Fall AND Spring will be sent in two increments (first increment will be disbursed in early August 2019, and the second in early December 2019). If students are attending Fall only or Spring only they will receive grant funding specifically for that semester, NOT for the full year. Fall disbursement are sent in early August and Spring disbursement sent in early December. Use of funds is limited to tuition, books, fees, and other curriculum-required materials.  Room and board are not allowable expenses.  Grant awards for 2019-2020 are valid through May 2020. However, funds may only be used for the academic year for which they were disbursed. Any check not cashed by May 31, 2020 will be canceled and funds will not be reissued.

NOTE: The AFAS Grant Program application deadlines for the 2019-2020 academic year is April 30, 2019. 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 the stated deadline will be considered for a grant. There will be no extensions to the grant program deadlines!

Answers to frequently asked questions may be found on our FAQ page or by contacting the Air Force Aid Society’s Education Assistance Department at (703) 972-2647.