The Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship expands Post- 9/11 GI Bill benefits to include the children of military service members who died on active duty after Sept. 10, 2001.
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Post 9/11 GI Bill Includes Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship

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ABOUT THE MARINE GUNNERY SGT. JOHN DAVID FRY SCHOLARSHIP

The Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship, under Public Law 111-32, expands Post- 9/11 GI Bill chapter 33 to include the children of military service members who died on active duty after Sept. 10, 2001. Within the guidelines of this scholarship, eligible military children attending school may be rewarded the maximum tuition and fees for public, in-state undergraduate schools, plus a monthly living stipend.

AM I ELIGIBLE FOR THE FRY SCHOLARSHIP?

Eligible military children include all children of active duty military service members who died in the line of duty on or after September 11, 2001.

Unlike many other military scholarships, a child is still eligible if they are married or over 23 years of age.

FRY SCHOLARSHIP BENEFITS FOR MILITARY CHILDREN

Eligible military children receiving the Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship are entitled to 36 months of full benefits to use from their 18th birthday to 33rd birthday. Once the recipient uses the benefits, he or she becomes ineligible for the Yellow Ribbon Program.

ELIGIBLE MILITARY CHILDREN WHO ARE ALSO ENLISTED

If the military child is also eligible for the Montgomery GI Bill Active Duty, Montgomery GI Bill Selected Reserve, and/or the Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP), then they must choose one of those programs to receive benefits under Post-9/11 GI Bill. A military child on active duty will receive scholarship benefits at the active duty benefit rate, which includes unlimited tuition and fees, but not monthly housing allowance or books and supplies stipend.

36 months worth of benefits may also be transferable to the children of eligible scholarship recipients, if Post-9/11 GI Bill transfer of benefits requirements are met.

WHEN WILL SCHOLARSHIP BENEFITS BE ISSUED?

The VA began accepting applications under the Fry Scholarship on May 1, 2010, and issuing payments for the Scholarship Award August 1, 2010. Eligible military children enrolled for GI Bill benefits between August 1, 2009, and July 31, 2010 may also be eligible for retroactive payments.



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