Money Sign IconIRAQ and AFGHANISTAN SERVICE GRANT

 

DEFINITION

The Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant is awarded to a student whose parent or guardian died as a result of U.S. military service in Iraq or Afghanistan after September 11, 2001. The student may receive increased amounts of Federal Student Aid, if, at the time of the parent or guardian’s death, the student was:

    • 24 years of age or younger, or
    • Enrolled at an institution of higher education.

How to APPLY

  • To apply for an Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant, you must first complete the FAFSA. For information about how to complete a FAFSA, view the Need to Complete your FAFSA? webpage.
    • When a student completes their FAFSA the U.S. Department of Defense will determine if the student’s parent or guardian has passed away as a result of U.S. military service.  If a match is found, the U.S. Department of Education will notify the student and will notify the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office. The student may then be awarded a Federal Pell Grant, based on eligibility requirements.
  • Additionally, you must complete any other required items, which could include verification. These required items can be viewed in your myUVU student account. Log in to myUVU, go to Students, Paying For My Education, My Financial Aid Requirements, select the appropriate Aid Year. 

Basic ELIGIBILITY

  • You must have had a parent or guardian die as a result of U.S. military service in Iraq or Afghanistan after September 11, 2001 and have been either
    • 24 years of age or younger, or
    • Enrolled at an institution of higher education.
  • You may not exceed your Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant Lifetime Eligibility Used (LEU). The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2012 added a time limit for students receiving Federal Pell Grants. A student may receive an Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant for the equivalent of 12 full-time semesters. If you have received an Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant for the equivalent of 12 full-time semesters, you will no longer be eligible for an Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant. Please see a Financial Aid and Scholarships Office Counselor if you have questions regarding your Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant Lifetime Eligibility percentage.

YOU MUST MEET ALL FEDERAL PELL GRANT ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:

  • You must be an undergraduate student who has not previously received a bachelor's degree.
    • A student who completes the academic requirements for a program but has not yet accepted that degree is not eligible for further additional federal student aid funds for that program. A student who completes all the requirements for a bachelor's degree but continues taking undergraduate courses without accepting that degree is not eligible to receive further Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant funds.
  • You must not be currently incarcerated in a Federal or State penal institution.

AWARDING

The Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant award is equal to the amount of a maximum Federal Pell Grant for the award year but, cannot exceed your cost of attendance. Federal Pell Grant minimum and maximum award amounts are determined annually by the U.S. Department of Education. 

Due to sequestration, award amounts for any Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant that is first disbursed on or after Oct. 1, 2014, and before Oct. 1, 2015, must be reduced by 7.3 percent from the award amount for which a recipient would otherwise have been entitled. Any Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant that is first disbursed on or after Oct. 1, 2015, and before Oct. 1, 2016, must be reduced by 6.8 percent.

If you are eligible, an Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant will be awarded and automatically accepted. If you do not want to receive the Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant, you may contact the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office to cancel the award.

A full award encompasses two full-time semesters, totaling 100% for an award year. A semester disbursement cannot exceed 50%. Example: If you are awarded an Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant of $5,000 for the award year, your Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant award per semester will be $2,500 (unless your Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant must be prorated due to your enrollment, see Enrollment and Census Date information below). If your Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant is prorated due to less than full-time enrollment, you may be able to use the difference for summer semester. 

ENROLLMENT

Your Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant disbursement amount is based on your enrollment.

FOR FINANCIAL AID PURPOSES, THERE ARE GENERALLY FOUR ENROLLMENT LEVELS:

    • Full-time (12 or more credits)
    • 3/4-time (9-11 credits)
    • 1/2-time (6-8 credits)
    • Less than 1/2-time (1-5 credits)

Example: If you have been awarded $1,000 in Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant for one term.

You will receive the following amount based on your enrollment:

    • Full-time = $1,000
    • 3/4-time = $750
    • 1/2-time = $500
    • Less than 1/2-time = $250

Census DATE

If you are awarded an Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant, your Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant will be adjusted to reflect your actual enrollment on the ”Last Day to Adjust Class Schedule for Financial Assistance Purposes” found on the Student Timetable (www.uvu.edu/schedule). This is known as the Census Date. The eligible classes in which you are enrolled as of this date, will determine the amount of Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant you will receive. If you add a class after this date, you will not receive additional Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant to help pay for the added class, even if your instructor, Academic Advisor, or others advised you to add the class. Be prepared to pay for the class on your own.  

If you add or drop a class before the Census date, your Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant disbursement will be adjusted appropriately (according to your enrollment), and you may owe a balance to the Utah Valley University Cashiers Office. Any time you adjust your class schedule, we recommend reviewing your account balance bylogging in to  myUVU, go to Students, Paying For My Education, Tuition Payment PLUS. 

Visit the Dropping, Auditing or Withdrawing webpage for more information.

How to DISBURSEMENT

After you are awarded, and if you are eligible, your Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant will be sent electronically to the Bursar's Office no sooner than ten days prior to the first day of your enrolled classes. Your Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant will first pay your outstanding tuition and fees and, if authorized by you, any other institutional charges. After this balance is paid, and if there is any excess federal student aid, the Utah Valley University Bursar's Office will refund the monies to you either by check through the U.S. Postal Service to the local address listed in your myUVU student account (this is the default method), or through direct deposit (which you may set up in your myUVU student account). If mailed, please allow 3-5 business days for the refund to be processed.

The Utah Valley University Financial Aid and Scholarships Office and Bursar's Office process federal student aid disbursements and refunds every business day. This refund money may be used for educational purposes and to pay the cost of attending Utah Valley University. 

Continued ELIGIBILITY

  • You must complete a new FAFSA and other application requirements each award year. For more information on the application process, visit our Need to Complete your FAFSA? webpage.
  • You may not exceed your Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant Lifetime Eligibility Used. If you have received an Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant for the equivalent of 12 full-time semesters, you will no longer be eligible for an Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant. To view how much Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant eligibility you have used, log into www.nslds.ed.gov with your FSA ID. 

To Whom Your Federal Student Aid Information is SENT

The Financial Aid and Scholarships Office will send your Federal Pell Grant, Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant and Federal Loan information to the U.S. Department of Education. This information is then included in the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) and is accessible to you and authorized agencies, lenders, servicers, and institutions. You can view your complete Federal Loan and Pell Grant history in the National Student Loan Data System at www.nslds.ed.gov.

 

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