The National Resource Directory (NRD)
In the site’s Family Support - Education Section, there is an extensive list of Education Programs for Children of Service Members and Veterans. Available programs for children of deployed soldiers include those who are dependents of soldiers or military personnel in active duty, or acting in their capacity as Reserve/National Guard or as retired military members retiring out of longevity of service marked by their 60th year as active military personnel.
There are two important requirements military spouses should know once they find the program that can provide the college money for children of service members or veterans. In order to qualify for these college scholarship assistance programs they should have:
(1) An up to date registration with the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS). This is a crucial requirement, since the DEERS database is the primary source for verifying the eligibility of the applicant-students and their relationships to their military sponsors as recognized qualified dependents.
Hence, it is important for active military personnel, or service men or women, to keep their records at DEERS updated with changes regarding their or their family’s status concerning marriage, divorce, birth, or death. Anything that may impact the dependents' eligibilities as recipients of the military benefits that will inure to them under the Department of Defense and Service guidelines should be updated regularly. Changes include transition from active to retired status.
(2) A valid DD Form 1173 or ID Card issued by the Department of Defense that is immediately distinguishable. The tan color of the ID readily indicates their status as eligible dependents or other eligible dependents acknowledged by the military personnel concerned..As holders of individual DD Form 1173 ID Cards, they become eligible to receive Uniformed Services benefits and privileges.
Family members and other dependents of those in the Reserves/National Guards are furnished red colored ID cards by the Department of Defense. The use of these cards in getting access to the benefits and privileges of the service member is accompanied by a copy of the latter’s order to active duty for 31 days or more. Basically, the red card serves as proof that they are enrolled as a family member or dependent of the service member in his capacity as National Guard or Reserve personnel.
Learn about other basic requirements and how to apply for the college money for children of service members or veterans by visiting the website of each scholarship program.
The next page offers three different examples of the resources available plus summaries and descriptions of the grants to be found on each website.