- Spouse Education Assistance Program
The Spouse Education Assistance Program is a need-based scholarship program established to assist spouses of Army Soldiers in obtaining a 4-year undergraduate degree. Scholarship applications are accepted from 2 January to 1 May each year for assistance for the following academic year.
Applicants must apply each year and may receive assistance for up to four academic years if they meet the eligibility criteria below.
- Student must be a part-time (minimum of 6 credit hours per semester or term) or full-time (minimum 12 credit hours per semester or term) student working on an undergraduate degree.
- Student must be the spouse of an active duty or retired Soldier or the widow(er) of a Soldier who died while on active duty or while retired.
- Student must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 grading scale.
- Student must not be a member of the National Guard, Reserves, or other military branch.
- Student must be registered in DEERS.
- Dependent Children
MG James Ursano Scholarship Program
The MG James Ursano Scholarship Program is a need based scholarship program established to assist children of Army Soldiers in obtaining a 4-year undergraduate degree. Applicants must reapply each year and may receive assistance for up to four academic years as long as they meet the eligibility criteria below.
Scholarship applications are accepted from 2 January to 1 May each year for assistance for the following academic year.
- Student must be pursuing their first undergraduate degree and be enrolled full time as an undergraduate student for the entire academic year at a school accredited by the U.S. Department of Education. (Because financial need is already met, students attending service academies are not eligible.)
- Student must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale
- Student must be a dependent of a Soldier on federal active duty, a retired Soldier, or a deceased active or deceased retired Soldier
To be a dependent, the student must:
- Be under the age of 23 (Eligibility ends at the end of the semester/term in which the student reaches their 23rd birthday. Example – turning 23 in December would mean the scholarship would be awarded for fall term ONLY.)
- Be registered in DEERS
- Remain unmarried for the entire academic year
- Not be a member of the National Guard, Reserves, or other military branch
AER is a private nonprofit organization incorporated in 1942 by the Secretary of War and the Army Chief of Staff. AER's sole mission is to help Soldiers and their dependents. AER is the Army's own emergency financial assistance organization and is dedicated to "Helping the Army Take Care of Its Own." AER provides commanders a valuable asset in accomplishing their basic command responsibility for the morale and welfare of Soldiers.
AER funds are made available to commanders having AER sections to provide emergency financial assistance to Soldiers - active & retired - and their dependents when there is a valid need.
AER funds made available to commanders are not limited and are constrained only by the requirement of valid need.
For these reasons, the AER assistance program is conducted within the Army structure by major commanders and their installation/organization commanders through AER sections and other related organizations. Please visit the official AER web site at http://www.aerhq.org/ for detailed information and to find further resources.