Military Tuition Scholarship

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Fayetteville State University understands and honors military service. By becoming a proud Bronco, you are joining a large campus population of military connected students. 30% of students attending FSU are military connected! In fact, many of our faculty and staff, to include senior leadership, are also military connected. Whether you are active duty, a veteran, military spouse, or family member, we recognize your service and we thank you for choosing FSU to meet your higher educational needs.

Scholarship Summary

Fayetteville State University will offer military-connected scholarships each academic year beginning in Fall, 2022. The purpose of the military scholarship is to reduce significant financial barriers for military connected individuals pursuing an undergraduate degree at Fayetteville State University.

Military Tuition Scholarship FAQs

Q: Who qualifies for the Military Tuition Scholarship?

A: Active duty service members with no access to DOD Tuition Assistance; members of the National Guard or Reserves; veterans with an honorable discharge; military spouses of active duty service members or veterans; children or other recognized legal dependents of an active duty service member or veteran.


Q: What if I qualify for DoD Tuition Assistance?

A: If you are Active Duty and you qualify and have access to Tuition Assistance (TA), you will be required to utilize that benefit first. If you no longer qualify for TA, you are eligible for the Military Tuition Scholarship at Fayetteville State University.


Q: What if I have the GI Bill? Do I still qualify for the Military Tuition Scholarship?

A: That depends. If you are considered an in-state military connected student and your certificate of eligibility from the Department of Veterans Affairs states that you are 100% covered by your GI Bill, then you do not qualify for the Military Tuition Scholarship.

However, if you are covered less than 100% and/or considered an out-of-state military connected student, you DO qualify for the Military Tuition Scholarship. For example, the GI Bill only pays for in-state tuition. As an out-of-state student, you would be required to pay the tuition difference. This is where the Military Tuition Scholarship can help. We would apply the scholarship to your student account so you don’t have to pay out of pocket for the remainder of your tuition not covered by the VA.

Additionally, if you have less than 100% of your GI Bill, regardless of residency status, you DO qualify for the Military Tuition Scholarship. For example, you only qualify for 80% of the GI Bill leaving you with paying the remaining 20% of college tuition: the Military Tuition Scholarship would cover your out-of-pocket tuition costs.


Q: What if I have or qualify for Chapter 31 Veteran Readiness and Employment (VR&E)?

A: You will be required to use this benefit first. Should you no longer qualify for Chapter 31 benefits, you may apply for the scholarship.


Q: Does the scholarship cover online classes?

A: Yes, the scholarship covers online classes as well as in-person classes.


Q: What if I want to pursue a certification or a graduate degree. Will this be covered by the scholarship?

A: No, the scholarship is limited to undergraduate students only.


Q: What if I already have a degree but I want to pursue another one? Can I still use the scholarship?

A: Yes, so long as you are pursuing an undergraduate degree at FSU. You are still eligible to use the scholarship regardless of if you hold other advanced degrees.


Q: Are non-degree seeking students eligible for the scholarship?

A: To qualify for the scholarship, students must be in an undergraduate degree seeking program.


Q: Is the scholarship open to continuing students?

A: Yes, continuing students are eligible to apply.


Q: Are DOD (Department of Defense) civilians eligible for the scholarship?

A: No, scholarship eligibility does not extend to DOD civilians.


Q: How many credit hours are required for the scholarship?

A: As a scholarship recipient, you must enroll in at least 12 credit hours per semester to maintain eligibility.


Q: What is the deadline to complete the scholarship application?

A: The deadline to complete the scholarship application is July 30th, 2022.


Q: What steps do I take to apply for the scholarship?

A: You must first apply and be accepted to the university. Upon being admitted, you will be prompted to complete the Military Tuition Scholarship application where you will be asked to provide proof of military connection. Approved documentation can be any of the following:

  • Current military orders
  • VA Certificate of eligibility
  • DD214
  • Military ID Card

Current or returning military-connected eligible students may apply for the scholarship.


Q: What if I am a spouse or child of a veteran and do not have a military ID card?

A: Please provide a copy of the veterans DD214 and another legal document proving you are legally connected to the veteran (ex: marriage/birth certificate or taxes showing you are claimed as a legal dependent).


Q: Does the scholarship cover the entire cost of my education?

A: No, the scholarship only covers tuition. It does not include housing, dining, fees, books, etc.


Q: Is the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) a required component of my application?

A: Yes, the FAFSA is required, along with any requested materials necessary to finalize the financial aid process.


Q: Is the scholarship renewable?

A: No, the scholarship is not renewable, but you may apply each year.


Q: What other information should I know about the scholarship?

A: There is an exception to our policy for certain VA educational beneficiaries. Students with Chapter 35 and the Marine Gunnery John David Fry Scholarship are still eligible to apply for the Military Tuition Scholarship.

Learn more about Fayetteville State University's call to serve military-connected students.