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Military Officers Association of America Offers Assistance for Undergraduate Study


The Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) has opened the application period for interest-free loan and grant assistance for qualified individuals pursuing their first college degree.

Students can apply for the interest-free loans and grants, which are awarded annually for up to five years of undergraduate study (or until a student graduates.)

Eligibility

Students under age 24, who are children of former, currently serving, or retired commissioned or warrant officers and children of currently serving or retired enlisted military personnel are eligible to apply.

Applicants must be graduating high school seniors or full-time college students working toward their first undergraduate degree. If a child served in a Uniformed Service before completing college, however, his or her maximum age for eligibility will be increased by the number of years he or she served, up to five years.

Qualified students with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale are considered for selection based on their scholastic ability, participation in extracurricular and community activities, as well as financial need.

MOAA Eligibility

Active duty, National Guard, Reserve, retired, and former commissioned officers and warrant officers of the seven uniformed services are eligible for MOAA membership.

“During these tough economic times, our educational assistance programs continue to assist military families to meet the challenge of paying for college,” said Laurie Wavering, Program Director of the Educational Assistance Program.

Nearly 1,600 students received up to $5,500 each in interest-free loans or grants from the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) Scholarship Fund for the 2012-2013 school year. More than 400 of the students were first-time recipients.

The MOAA Scholarship Fund has provided interest-free loans totaling more than $100 million to more than 12,000 students since its inception in 1948. It is based on one of the association's founding principles that “education is the cornerstone of a strong democracy.” It is supported by donations and bequests from MOAA members, chapters, corporations, and others.

The application is here, along with other educational information from the MOAA. The deadline is Friday, 1 March 2013, at noon Eastern Standard Time.

You can also use the MOAA Scholarship Finder to identify other potential scholarship opportunities.

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