Fry Scholarship - Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship
Benefit Fact Sheet
The Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship (Fry Scholarship) provides Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits to the Children and Surviving Spouses of Service members who died in the line of duty while on active duty after September 10, 2001. Eligible beneficiaries attending school may receive up to 36 months of benefits at the 100% level.
This benefit provides:
Money for tuition (full in-state tuition costs at public schools and up to $22,805.34 per year for training at private or out-of-state schools)
Money for housing
Money for books and supplies
Recent changes include:
Fry and DEA Eligibility : If you are eligible for both Fry Scholarship and DEA (Dependents Educational Assistance), you will be required to make an 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 (like a Service member dying in the line of duty) unless they are 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 they 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.
Fry and Yellow Ribbon : Recipients of the Fry Scholarship may use the Yellow Ribbon Program.
Children and Surviving Spouses of an active duty member of the Armed Forces who died in the line of duty on or after September 11, 2001 are eligible for this benefit.
Children: Children are eligible as of their 18th birthday (unless they have already graduated high school). A Child may be married or over 23 and still be eligible. If they became eligible before January 1, 2013 their eligibility ends on their 33rd birthday. The age limitation is removed if the Child became eligible on or after January 1, 2013.
Spouses: Lose eligibility to this benefit upon remarriage. If they became eligible before January 1, 2013 they are limited to 15 years to use the benefit. The time limitation is removed if the Spouse became eligible on or after January 1, 2013.
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 education benefits such as the Fry Scholarship.
Benefits for Eligible Surviving Spouses and Children:
Full tuition and fees paid directly to the school for all public school in-state students
Private or foreign school tuition and fees are capped at a statutory maximum
A monthly housing allowance
A books and supplies stipend
Rules for eligible Children serving, or who have served, in the Armed Forces:
You must relinquish eligibility under one of the following to receive Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits:
Your character of discharge does not impact your eligibility.
If you are on active duty, you will receive benefits at the active-duty rate.
You may qualify for up to 36 months of benefits under the Fry Scholarship Program and another 36 months of Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits for your own service.
You may also receive additional entitlement if another parent transfers entitlement to you.
Rules for Individuals who have used or wish to use entitlement under Dependents' Educational Assistance (DEA):
If you are eligible for both Fry Scholarship and DEA, you will be required to make an irrevocable election between the two programs when you apply, unless you are Child whose parent died prior to August 1, 2011. A Child whose parent died before August 1, 2011, may be eligible for both benefits but can only use one program at a time.
The combined benefits are capped at a total of 81 months of full-time training. You can learn more about DEA on the Education and Training website: https://www.va.gov/education/survivor-dependent-benefits/dependents-education-assistance/.
Surviving Spouses must decide which benefit they wish to receive. If you elect to receive DEA, you cannot receive the Fry Scholarship in the future. Or, if you elect to receive the Updated November 2018 3 Fry Scholarship, you cannot receive DEA in the future. Once you submit your choice, it cannot be changed. Carefully review both programs before making a decision.
How to Apply
To apply, take these steps depending on your situation:
Make sure that your selected program is approved for VA training. Please visit the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, GI Bill Comparison Tool for help in choosing a school.
To apply, obtain and complete the Dependents Application for VA Education Benefits, VA Form 22-5490, Dependents Application for VA Education Benefits. Send it to the Regional Processing Office with jurisdiction over the state where you will advance your education and training. If you are a son or daughter, under legal age, a parent or guardian must sign the application. When applying, you will be required to make an irrevocable election between the Fry Scholarship and the Dependents' Educational Assistance (DEA) program to receive benefits. Children of a Service member who died in the line of duty prior to August 1, 2011 may be eligible for both DEA and Fry but they cannot be used at the same time.
If you have started your educational program, take your application to your school or employer. Ask them to complete VA Form 22-1999, Enrollment Certification, and send both forms to VA. They can submit an Enrollment Certification electronically using VA-ONCE. (Note: Schools must contact their VA representative to receive this form.)
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship Fact Sheet:
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Education and Training Pay Rate Tables:
For more information regarding the Fry Scholarship , call 1-888-GIBILL-1 (1-888-442-4551) or visit:
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