8 Myths About Military Spouse Scholarships Most People Never Knew About

While most people know that our dedicated military service members are granted an education grant to pursue a college degree, many people do not know that military spouses can also benefit from scholarships and grants as well. There are many such financial aid opportunities available for military spouses, although many spouses do not take advantage of them. Military spouses can get help pursuing their educational goals as well as their serving spouses as long as they know about the great opportunities just waiting for them to apply. There is a lot of misinformation out there about the scholarships available to military spouses, but you can read on to learn the truth behind the myths.

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MYTH: I can't use my spouse's GI Bill after their death.

The Fry Scholarship is an amendment to a post-9/11 bill that allows you to use the remainder of your spouse's GI Bill up to 15 years after your spouse's death. That means if your spouse used his or her Bill for only 6 months, you could use the remainder. You become ineligible for this scholarship if you remarry, however.

MYTH: If my spouse dies, I can't get the scholarship.

Losing your spouse is devastating. There is nothing that could ever make that better for you, but at least you will not become ineligible for the multiple military spouse scholarship opportunities you would have been afforded when your spouse was alive.

MYTH: Military spouse scholarships are too hard to find.

Scholarships can be daunting because there are either so many of them you don't know where to start or you don't know what all exists to even apply for. Luckily, Military.com has a scholarship finder tool right on the website to help you find the scholarship opportunities that are right for you.

MYTH: There are only federal scholarships.

While there are many federal scholarships available to support military spouses who are seeking to further their educations, many states have also adopted programs to fund scholarships to support the military spouses that live within state lines. That might mean extra money for you while you go to school.

MYTH: Only government scholarships are available to military spouses.

Actually, there are many organizations and associations that exist to support military families, including military spouses. One such organization is the National Military Family Association, or NMFA. NMFA's Military Spouse scholarship is a one-time payment that must be used within one year, but it can make all the difference.

MYTH: I can go to college for free.

Unfortunately, free college is not yet a reality in the United States. However, military spouses have access to some of the best tuition assistance programs and scholarships available in order to help succeed. Military spouses have their own dreams and aspirations, and there are programs to help you achieve them.

MYTH: Only certain branches offer scholarships.

Every branch of the United State Military opens up scholarship opportunities to military spouses. Military service members and their spouses are entitled to similar programs and scholarships, although there may be additional programs for specific branches.

MYTH: Scholarships are too hard to apply for.

Scholarships usually do have requirements or lengthy applications, but that is only to weed out the people who are not serious about their education. They usually are not too difficult to complete, simply time-consuming, and well worth the effort so that you can pay for the college degree you dream of.