There are several additional forms of financial aid you may be eligible for to supplement DVA educational assistance. These include DVA educational loans, special assistance for the educationally disadvantaged, scholarships, and Pell Grants.
DVA Educational Loans
Educational loans may be authorized by the DVA to certain veterans with Chapter 34 eligibility and to spouses and surviving spouses with Chapter 35 eligibility who have passed their period of eligibility for educational assistance benefit payments or have unused months of entitlement. The loan program is based on financial need. Loans are generally not granted to students training at the community college level as the cost of education is considered to be affordable without assistance. You may contact the VA regional office at 1-888-442-4551 for further information.
Scholarships do not have to be repaid. They are available from many sources, including the College, state agencies, professional and service agencies, private foundations and some employers.
The largest and best-known source of grants is the Federal Pell Grant. Grants are awarded based on need and do not have to be repaid.
Student loans are available from the federal government, banks or private financial institutions.
Work-study programs allow students to earn money toward their education while they are attending school.