Scholarships for Coast Guard Veterans

Coast Guard veterans who have been honorably discharged can take advantage of their military education benefits to pursue a degree. Scholarship programs can help to make it easier for them to cover these expenses.

Even though education benefits available to veterans are very generous, they may not be high enough to cover the full cost of obtaining a college degree. Scholarship funds can help to bridge the gap and since they don’t have to be paid back, they are a much better choice for post-secondary students than taking out a loan. Depending on the program, the funds can be used to help pay for tuition, books, room and board, or other expenses the student must cover to pay for the cost of his or her education. [Read more…]

Coast Guard Scholarships for Dependent Children

Children of active duty or retired Coast Guard members who need help to pay for the cost of a post-secondary education may be eligible for scholarship assistance. Not all scholarships are offered to students who have achieved outstanding marks in school. Some scholarship funds are offered to applicants based on financial need, and others are awarded based on other criteria, including the applicant’s personal characteristics and stated goals.

Some Coast Guard scholarships are specifically offered to dependent children of Coast Guard Reservists. Others are used to benefit young people whose parents died in the service of their country. [Read more…]

Coast Guard Scholarships

The Coast Guard offers scholarship programs to people planning to enlist in the Guard after graduating from college or university. Scholarship recipients may also qualify to be paid a salary while in school. If you are interested in this type of career and have no objection to an “earn while you learn” arrangement, consider applying for one of the scholarship opportunities available from the Coast Guard.

You will want to make sure that you read through the eligibility requirements before applying for funding. Since accepting scholarships funds means committing to serving in the Guard as an officer for three years, you will also want to make sure that you are prepared to undertake this responsibility after graduation.

College Student Pre-Commissioning Initiative (CSPI) Scholarship Program

CSPI scholarships provide funding for the junior and senior years of a four-year degree program. The program pays for the following costs in full:

  • Tuition
  • Fees
  • Books
  • Life and Medical insurance coverage

Scholarship recipients also collect a salary during the funding period. They are also entitled to 30 days of paid vacation per annum. CSPI recipients are required to finish their degree and the Coast Guard’s leadership training program within a 24-month period.

A student interested in this scholarship program must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Combined score of 1100 on SAT Reasoning Test or ACT composite score of 23 or higher
  • Between the ages of 19 and 27 years
  • Sophomore or junior enrolled in a Bachelor’s degree program at an accredited university

AFCEA General Emmett Paige Scholarships

This scholarship opportunity is available to active duty members of the uniformed military services. Veterans (honorably discharged), military spouses and children can also apply for this scholarship. Full-time students may receive $2,000 in funding to pay for the cost of obtaining a four-year degree in Engineering (aerospace, computer, chemical or electrical), Mathematics or Physics. A minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.4 is required for to be considered.

The Captain Ernest W. Fox Perpetual Scholarship Program (FOX)

This program was established to provide an education or training benefit to personnel at the Coast Guard Aircraft Repair and Supply Center (ARSC) located in Elizabeth City, North Carolina. One scholarship in the amount of $1,000 is offered each year and active duty enlisted personnel and officers, civilian employees, and their dependents are eligible to apply.

Enlisted Education Grant

The Enlisted Education Grant is offered to enlisted Coast Guard personnel who have a minimum of two years of active duty service and who are in pay grades E-3 to E-9. It pays $350 per year and these funds may be used by personnel who are accessing Tuition Assistance (TA) benefits to help pay for the cost of a post-secondary program.

If you are thinking of joining the Coast Guard or are already a member of this branch of the Armed Services and want to get financial assistance to help pay for your education, consider applying for one of the available scholarship programs. Funding is available to qualified applicants so they don’t have to fund the complete cost of obtaining a degree personally or through student loans.

More Information About Coast Guard Scholarships

Below is a list of additional resources that we have put together for specific members of the Coast Guard.

Coast Guard Tuition Assistance Programs & Financial Aid

Coast Guard Active Duty Education Benefits

Coat Guard members can take advantage of a number of types of education benefits. Each plan has its own criteria and exceptions. Before making a decision about which plan will offer the best option in an individual situation, servicemen and women should investigate the available options carefully.

Montgomery Bill Active Duty Benefits

The Montgomery Bill (MGIB) benefit plan provides financial assistance to active duty Coast Guard personnel. To be eligible for this type of assistance, participants agree to have $100 per month deducted from their regular pay. These payroll deductions are made for 12 months.

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