Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant Program

An otherwise Pell-eligible student whose parent or guardian died as a result of U.S. military service in Iraq or Afghanistan after September 11, 2001, may receive increased amounts of federal student aid if the student was less than 24 years old when the parent or guardian died, or was enrolled at an institution of higher education at the time of the parent’s or guardian’s death.

To receive the Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant, the student must have an EFC that is not Pell eligible. The student must meet the other criteria for Pell eligibility. The Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grants are made under the same terms and conditions as Pell, and disbursements for each payment period are calculated in the same manner.

The Department of Education notifies the student when a student appears to meet the criteria for Zero EFC treatment for children of soldiers and the Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant, based on a match with a Department of Defense file of eligible dependents. A student submitting a FAFSA and or FAFSA correction allows this match to be made. The Department of Education notifies CPS of the match and sends a letter to each matched student that informs the student of his or her possible increase in eligibility for FSA funds. Students are informed to contact their Financial Aid Administrator for more information.

The FAO will process the FAFSA if the student meets all of WTCC’s Admission and FAO criteria as any other FAFSA.