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Veterans Affairs

Fry Scholarship

Brief Description for Surviving Dependents

  • Dependents of service members who die in the line of duty after September 10, 2001
  • Effective August 1, 2009
  • Entitlement is generally 36 months at the 100% level of the Chapter 33: Post 9/11 GI Bill® level
  • May be eligible as of their 18th birthday (unless they have already graduated from high school)
  • May use benefits until his/her 33rd birthday (Child can be married)

Brief Description for Surviving Spouse

  • Spouse of service members who die in the line of duty after September 10, 2001
  • Effective January 1, 2015
  • Entitlement is generally 36 months at the 100% level of the Chapter 33: Post 9/11 GI Bill® level
  • Have 15 years to use benefit beginning on the date of the service member's death
  • Lose eligibility if remarry

Other Factors to Consider

  • Surviving spouses are eligible to receive Dependency Indemnity Compensation (DIC) while using the FRY Scholarship.
  • Children, over the age of 18, in receipt of DIC will relinquish DIC payments upon the start of using VA Educational Benefits such as FRY Scholarship
  • If you are eligible for both FRY Scholarship and DEA, you will be required to make irrevocable election between the two programs when you apply. Dependents are not eligible to receive both DEA and the FRY Scholarship based on the same event unless he/she is a child whose parent died prior to August 1, 2011. A child of a parent who died prior to August 1, 2011 may still be eligible for both benefits, but he/she may only use one program at a time and combined benefits are capped at a total of 81 months of full-time training. In this situation, the two benefit programs cannot be used concurrently.

Benefits Include

  • Monthly Housing Allowance (MHA) ◦ BAH payable for the following zip codes: 30260 (Morrow), 30269 (Fayette), and 30253 (Henry) to a military E-5 with dependents for residential training (at least one on-campus course).  Hybrids and online courses are considered distance courses, not residential training
  • Rates can be found at:  https://www.defensetravel.dod.mil/site/bahCalc.cfm
    • Current Rates for the CY 18: $1716/month for full time students, with courses required for the completion of the degree program
    • Current Rates for the CY 19: $1953/month for full time students, with courses required for the completion of the degree program
  • If students do not have at least one on-campus course, then the rate is calculated by ½ of the national BAH average
    • August 1, 2018-July 31, 2019: $825/month for full time students, with courses required for the completion of the degree program
  • Student does not receive a housing allowance if his/her rate of pursuit is not more than 50% (more than half time)
  • Monthly Housing Allowances are based on the previous month’s enrollment.  Since the Department of Veterans Affairs no longer pays for break pay, if the course does not begin on the first day of the month, then VA will prorate your stipend accordingly.  The same is true if the course does not end on the last day of the month.

If you have any further questions or concerns about eligibility or payments, please feel free to contact the Veterans Affairs Processing Center at 1-888-442-4551

View instructions on How to Receive VA Education Benefits at Clayton State University