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Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship (Fry Scholarship)

 

The Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship (Fry Scholarship) provides Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits to the children and surviving spouses of Servicemembers 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.

Eligibility

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

Surviving spouses of active-duty members of the Armed Forces who died in the line of duty on or after September 11, 2001 are eligible. Eligibility ends upon remarriage.

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 Servicemember dying in the line of duty) unless he or she is 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 he/she 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. More information on this program is here.

Using Fry Scholarship benefits at TCU

-If you are a dependent or a spouse and applying to use Fry Scholarship benefits for the first time please apply online at https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/apply.asp and complete Form 22-5490 (Dependents' Application for VA Education Benefits) to receive a (COE) Certificate of Eligibility. -If you are a dependent or a spouse and have previously used Fry Scholarship benefits please complete Form 22-5495 (Dependents’ request for Change of Program or Place of Training) online at https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/apply.asp to receive a (COE) Certificate of Eligibility.

The following documents need to be submitted to the TCU Veterans Certifying Official:

- (COE) Certificate of Eligibility

- Transfer Credit Articulation

- Procedures and guidelines for students receiving: VAStudentRequestfortermbenefits.pdf

- VA student Info card:Yellow Card.pdf

Click the following link to view current benefit rates:https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/resources/benefits_resources/rate_tables.asp