Spouse Education Assistance Program (SEAP) Scholarship

Army National Guard: Retired

Benefit Fact Sheet



The Spouse Education Assistance Program (SEAP) Scholarship is a need-based scholarship program established to assist the Spouses of active duty and retired Soldiers, and Widow(ers) of Soldiers who died either on active duty or in a retired status in obtaining an undergraduate degree. The purpose of the program is to assist Spouse/Widow(er) in gaining the education required to allow them to qualify for increased occupational opportunities.


Spouses of retired Army National Guard Soldiers drawing retired pay or the Widow(er) of a Soldier who died in retired status are eligible for SEAP. Army National Guard retirees must be on the Army retired list by reason of length of service, disability, or retired reservists age 60 and older. The student also must:

  • Be a part-time (minimum of 6 credit hours per semester or term) or full-time (minimum 12 credit hours per semester or term) student working on an undergraduate degree.
  • Be the Spouse of an active duty or retired Soldier or the widow(er) of a Soldier who died while on active duty or while retired.
  • Maintain a 2.0 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale.
  • Not be a member of the National Guard, Reserves, or other military branch.
  • Student must be registered in DEERS.
  • Student may not already be fully funded by other sources. Any SEAP Scholarship recipient who also receives funding from other sources (i.e.GI Bill, scholarships, My CAA, VA benefits, etc.) may not be eligible to receive their full scholarship from AER.

Benefit Highlights:

SEAP scholarships are awarded annually for up to four academic years to attend post-secondary school part time (minimum of 6 credit hours per semester/term) or full time (minimum of 12 credit hours per semester/term) as undergraduate level students. All students must complete an online application and submit all supporting documentation each year.

Spouse financial assistance is awarded based need, as evidenced by the Student Aid Report (SAR) from the FAFSA application.

SEAP is not an entitlement or automatically approved. SEAP does not apply to second undergraduate or graduate level courses.

Individuals who receive free tuition as a result of their employment will not receive tuition assistance from AER. However, they may receive assistance for fees, supplies, or books  for classes in which they are enrolled.

Additional Information:

For more information, please visit the Spouse Education Assistance Program at: 

Document Review Date: 29 February 2016