Financial Aid for Military, Veteran, and ROTC Students
Resources for Military, Veteran, and ROTC Students
Welcome to Hampton University’s Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships! We are dedicated to providing guidance and assistance related to financial aid to our men and women who serve in our military.
You may be able to get money for college or career school as a result of your or your family member’s military service. Both the federal government and nonprofit organizations offer money for college to veterans, future military personnel, active duty personnel, or those related to veterans or active duty personnel.
If you are a member of the military, you may be eligible for special interest benefits relating to your federal student loans. For information on limited interest rates, no accrual of interest, and deferment of student loans go to: StudentAid.gov/military.
If you are a disabled veteran of the U.S Armed Forces, you may be eligible for certain benefits. For more information about benefits, go to the Disabled American Veterans web page.
You may also check the following webpage to learn more about possible benefits for disabled citizens from the Social Security Administration: Social Security Disability Benefits Guide
The University is also a part of the Servicesmembers Opportunity College Consortium (SOC) of about 1,900 accredited institutions offering bachelors and masters degrees for service members and their adult family members.
If you would like to learn more about the Army ROTC Program,
please visit libarts.hamptonu.edu/mil_sci/.
Currently, we assist eligible, on-campus students participating in our Army and Navy Reserve Officer Training Programs (ROTC) by offering scholarships to help cover room expenses. Interested students participating in these programs must contact their respective ROTC office for more information.
Army National Guard (Guard)
The Guard helps you get an education and prepares you for life
Joining the Guard gives you more than just the pride that comes from serving your country. You can earn benefits to help pay for your education and expenses, and you can complete your education while you serve. The National Guard offers many programs for every type of student, whether you’re still in high school, attending college or working toward a vocational certification.
If you are interested, more information is available at the following website: https://www.nationalguard.com/education.
Planning Tools and Resources
- The College Scorecard
- The College Navigator
- Paying for College
- Financial Aid Shopping Sheet
- Consumer Information
Children of Fallen Heroes Scholarship
Under this scholarship, a Pell-eligible student whose parent or guardian died in the line of duty while performing as a public safety officer is eligible to receive a maximum Pell Grant for the award year for which the determination of eligibility is made.
To qualify for the Children of Fallen Heroes Scholarship, a student must be:
- Pell-eligible and have a Pell-eligible EFC
- be less than 24 years of age or,
- be enrolled at an institution of higher education at the time of his or her parent’s or guardian’s death
In subsequent award years, the student continues to be eligible for the scholarship, as long as the student has a Pell-eligible EFC and continues to be an eligible student. All Title IV aid awarded to such eligible students must be based on an EFC of zero without regard to the student’s calculated EFC. Thus, the student is eligible for the maximum Pell Grant for his or her enrollment status and cost of attendance. In addition, the student’s eligibility for Direct Loans and for Campus-Based program aid must be based on an EFC of zero.
Military Benefit Programs
The University participates in the following education benefit programs for military members through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). To learn more about other federal education benefit programs, please contact the VA to discuss eligibility.
For eligible students receiving payments from the Post-9/11 Educational Assistance Program (Chapter 33 of Title 38, U.S. Code), the VA sends the payments directly to the University Office of Student Accounts. For all other Chapters of VA Educational Assistance Programs, the VA sends payments directly to the student. The Office of the Registrar is solely responsible for certifying enrollment for all Chapters.
Post-9/11 Educational Assistance Program – GI Bill® (Chapter 33 of title 38, U.S. Code)
- For military members who:
- Served at least 90 total days on active duty after September 10, 2001, or
- Were honorably discharged from active duty for a service-connected disability after serving 30 continuous days following September 10, 2001.
- Tuition and fee payments
- Monthly Housing Allowance
Yellow Ribbon Program (provision of Post-9/11 Educational Assistance Program – GI Bill®)
- For veterans (not available for active-duty members and their spouses):
- With 100% eligibility under the Post-9/11 GI Bill®
- Attending participating institutions
- Receive tuition funding from the University that is uncovered by the Post-9/11 GI Bill®
- The University will be reimbursed for the amount provided.
For more details on these programs please visit: http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/handouts_forms.asp.
Students interested in these programs must contact the Office of Registrar in order to apply for Veteran’s Affairs Educational Benefits, if eligible.
Please use the following link: http://registrar.hamptonu.edu/veteran.cfm.
U.S. Coast Guard College Student Pre-Commissioning Initiative Scholarship Program (CSPI)
– Visit Website
Purpose: Students currently enrolled or accepted for enrollment in a bachelor’s degree program, desiring to complete college, and receive commission as an officer in the U.S. Coast Guard
- Sophomores and/or juniors accepted into the CSPI program and desire to enlist in U.S. Coast Guard
- Must complete basic training during summer
- Will receive funding for college for up to 2 years (tuition, books, fees, full Coast Guard salary – housing & medical benefits)
- During school year, students participate at least 16 hours monthly in Coast Guard activities
- During school breaks, students receive training and exposure to Coast Guard missions
- After completing junior year, students participate in 3-week leadership course (in Connecticut)
- After graduation, students attend 17-week officer candidate school (OCS) (in Connecticut)
- Successful college graduates completing OCS receive commission as an ensign (0-1)
- 19-28 years of age
- Outstanding moral character
- U.S. Citizen
- Eligible for secret clearance
- If single, not have custody of dependents
- May not have more than 2 dependents
- Be classified as a sophomore or junior in bachelor’s program at accredited college (on-line programs are ineligible)
- Cumulative GPA at least 2.5
- Good financial situation with a debt/income ratio no greater than 30% of projected income in Coast Guard; no bankruptcy in last 10 years
- Must receive recommendation of a Coast Guard interview board
- Have no more than 6 years of non-Coast Guard active-duty military service
- If active-duty, student may be eligible if discharged before date CSPI selection panel convenes
- Must pass commissioning physical examination
- Must earn qualifying score on SAT, ACT, ASTB or ASVAB
- Must be willing to accept Statement of Understanding (i.e. work hours, training, character, etc.)
- No tattoos or body markings inconsistent with related policy
Resources for Military Families and Spouses:
- Veterans Health Care and Benefits Improvement Act of 2020
- Air Force Aid Society Education Support
- Are There Colleges That Have Services or Resources Specifically for Veterans?
- Dependents’ Educational Assistance Program (DEA)
- Federal Student Aid
- Education Resources for Military Spouses
- Joanne Holbrook Patton Military Spouse Scholarship
- The Mesothelioma Group – Cancer Scholarship Resources
- Mesothelioma Treatment Community – Resources
- Scholarships for Military Children
Scholarship and Grant Opportunities:
- EducationConnection.com’s Scholarship for Veterans, Active Duty & Military Spouses
- General Henry H. Arnold Education Grant
- 84 Scholarship Opportunities for Veterans and Family
- Paying for Graduate School – Military Veterans
- Tillman Military Scholars Program
- Heroes’ Legacy Scholarship
- Montgomery GI Bill® Active Duty (MGIB-AD)
- Fallen Patriot Fund
- Gold Star Wives – Scholarship Opportunities
- Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society
- The American Legion
- USA Military Beneits
- NorthAmerican.com Military Scholarship Competition
- Chisholm, Chisholm & Kilpatrick’s Law School Scholarship for Veterans
- Boyk Law Veteran Scholarship
- Monitor Guide Internet Marketing Scholarship:
- FamilyHW Internet Marketing Scholarship
Tips and Factsheet:
- 6 Tips for Veterans to Succeed in College (U.S. News Article)
- GI Bill® Factsheet Pamphlet (Provided by the VA)
- 6 Ways to Maximize Your Education Benefits (Provided by the VA)
Please contact the Office of Student Accounts for questions regarding fees, billing/invoicing, and payments: /administration/businessoffice/.
For questions regarding Admission, Financial Aid, Registrar, or the VA, please use the following links: