AIU Freedom Grant

AIU has established a grant for all active duty and drilling members of the U.S. military and their immediate family members* to assist in providing the opportunity to attend a degree program of study at AIU. The amount of the grant is contingent upon the level of study. Currently the grant levels are as follows:

  • Associates degree programs: Up to 10%**
  • Bachelor’s degree programs: Up to 15%**
  • Master’s degree programs: Up to 20%**

To be eligible for the Freedom Grant a candidate must be accepted for admission to the University, allow for the verification of their current military status (or that of their spouse or parent/legal guardian), and complete the Freedom Grant Attestation form. The conditions are as follows:

  • The Freedom Grant is used exclusively towards prior or current tuition charges.
  • The grant is awarded proportionately over each academic year in the program.
  • The grant is awarded proportionately over each academic year in the program.
  • Qualifying students are active and drilling members of the U.S. military personnel and their immediate families’ members*
  • Candidates must apply and be accepted for admission to the University to be eligible to receive the grant.
  • All grants are applied as a credit to the student’s account, and no cash payments will be awarded to the student.
  • The grant is non-transferrable and non-substitutable and cannot be combined with any other AIU institutional grant. The grant with the greatest benefit to the student will be applied.

Students selected for membership verification must provide documentation before the grant is applied.

* Immediate family members: Spouse (life partner) or dependent children as defined by the U.S. Department of Education’s dependency criteria. Siblings, cousins, etc. are not considered an immediate family member.

** For students utilizing Chapter 33 Post-9/11 benefits, the veterans educational benefit awarded for tuition purposes will be considered before determining the Freedom Grant amount. The combination of Chapter 33 benefits applied to tuition and the Freedom Grant cannot exceed the amount of tuition for the academic year. In no case will the Freedom Grant award exceed the percentage listed above.

Note: The Freedom Grant funding is limited. If funding for the Freedom Grant is exhausted, otherwise students may not be awarded the grant.

What is the difference between grants, loans and scholarships?

Unlike scholarships – most of which are based upon merit – grants are often given to students on a need-based authority. Like scholarships, grants are offered from a variety of sources, such as colleges or career schools, private or nonprofit organizations, and both the federal and state governments. To read more about these grants and others, check out the U.S. Department of Education’s website.

Another similarity between scholarships and grants (and an aspect that makes them different from loans) is that the money doesn’t usually need to be repaid.

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