College Money JarIt’s the end of the government fiscal year. Your military tuition assistance (TA) is either exhausted, or close to it … and won’t be replenished until the new fiscal year begins in October. But, you still have classes to take to finish earning your degree! And you don’t want to rely on student loans or take the next two months off waiting for your TA. What can you do?

You don’t want a break. We don’t want you to take a break. And a recent study1 states that only one third of non-first-time students (i.e. adult learners) complete their degrees after an extended period away from school. The study states these students “often have to balance college, work and family.” So let’s help make things a little easier for you.

Here are five easy steps to continue taking classes after your tuition assistance runs out — and all without the need to take out a loan:

  1. Contact your student advisor about your situation and begin planning your strategy for continuing your educational progress. Decide which courses you need/want to take during the next term.
  2. Check out the Everett Alvarez, Jr. Resilience Scholarship for more information and how to apply.
  3. When applying, submit your 100-word essay to your student advisor via email about your vision of college education and how you plan to use that visualization to stay resilient in the face of obstacles or adversity.
  4. Prepare for your next course(s) while awaiting approval. Register for the course(s) you discussed with your student advisor, and order any textbooks and supplies you may need for these course(s).
  5. Start your classes and pick up where you left off without missing a beat!

It’s just that simple to secure up to $1,000 to keep you on the path to completing your educational goals without any interruptions. But there are a few additional requirements to keep in mind:

  • You must be a member of the United States Armed Forces.
  • You must first exhaust all of your allotted fiscal year TA benefits. If TA has been exhausted at an institution other than Grantham, you will be required to provide documentation verifying all TA for the current fiscal year has been exhausted.
  • You must meet minimum admission requirements at Grantham University.
  • If you are a current Grantham student when applying for initial use of the scholarship, you must also have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 and be in good academic standing.
  • You must submit the original 100-word essay described above in step 3 to your student advisor.

Continued Eligibility Requirements

  • You must maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 and be in good academic standing.
  • If you maintain eligibility throughout your degree program and continue to exhaust your TA benefits annually at Grantham, you should be eligible to be awarded the scholarship for subsequent years without needing to reapply.

Go here to learn more about how you can bridge the gap until your military tuition assistance is replenished and keep your educational momentum moving forward. And if you need additional information about financing your education, please contact your student advisor or review the numerous other scholarship opportunities Grantham has to offer.

1 https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2014/10/07/two-thirds-non-first-time-students-do-not-graduate

For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed our programs, and other important information, please visit https://www.grantham.edu/student-support/gainful-employment-disclosures/.

Brandon Swenson

About Brandon Swenson

Brandon Swenson, Senior Communications Specialist, is on Grantham's editorial board. He understands the benefits of educationally-oriented programs such as the Post 9/11 GI Bill having earned his Bachelor's degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City toward the end of his nearly two decades of service in the United States Marine Corp.  

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