This nationally renowned program was created by Act 633 and approved October 1947 by the Alabama Legislature. It is administered by the Alabama Department of Veterans Affairs and is governed by the Code of Alabama 1975, Section 31-6-1. The veteran must meet the following qualifications to establish eligibility of his/her dependents. A dependent is defined as a child, stepchild, spouse or the un-remarried widow (er) of the veteran.
The veteran must have honorably served at least 90 days of continuous active federal military service or honorably discharged by reason of service-connected disability after serving less than 90 days of continuous active federal military service.
The veteran must be rated 20% or more due to service-connected disabilities or have held the qualifying rating at the time of death, a former prisoner of war (POW), declared missing in action (MIA), died as the result of a service-connected disability, or died while on active military service in the line of duty.
The veteran must have been a permanent civilian resident of the State of Alabama for at least one year immediately prior to (a) the initial entry into active military service or (b) any subsequent period of military service in which a break (1 year or more) in service occurred and the Alabama civilian residency was established. Permanently service-connected veterans rated at 100% who did not enter service from Alabama, may qualify after establishing at least five years of permanent residency in Alabama immediately prior to the filing of an application or immediately prior to death, if deceased.
As of Fall 2009, children and stepchildren of qualified veterans may receive five standard academic years (10 semesters) at any Alabama state-supported institution of higher learning or a prescribed course of study at any state-supported technical school without payment of any tuition, mandatory textbooks or instructional fees.
Additionally, eligible spouses and un-remarried widow(er)s of a qualified veteran rated as 100% permanently and totally disabled may also receive five standard academic years (10 semesters) at any Alabama state-supported institution of higher learning or a prescribed course of study at any state-supported technical school without payment of any tuition, mandatory textbooks or instructional fees.
Exception: As of Fall 2009, a spouse or un-remarried widow (er) of a veteran rated 20% to 90% disabled is entitled to three standard academic years (6 semesters) without payment of tuition, mandatory textbooks, and instructional fees or completion of the duration of one prescribed technical course not to exceed 18 months.
Participants in the program prior to Fall 2009 are eligible for four standard academic years (8 semesters) or two standard academic years (4 semesters), respectively.
Note: Applicants applying for benefits under the scholarship program beginning on or after Fall 2014 (August 1, 2014) will be eligible for benefits at the in-state and undergraduate tuition rate.
Note: Applicants who were previously denied benefits based solely on the veteran’s peacetime status may re-apply and receive benefits under the scholarship program at the out-of-state and graduate rate if applicable. Applications for previously denied applicants must be resubmitted and received at ADVA Headquarters prior to August 1, 2015 in order to receive benefits at this capacity.
Number of Awards:
There is no restriction on the number of eligible dependents under the veteran; however, each dependent may only receive the benefit once, regardless of changes in their future dependency status.
The child or stepchild must initiate training under our program prior to his/her 26th birthday. In certain situations, a child or stepchild may be eligible for our program up to the age of 30.
Note: This deadline may be extended for previously denied applicants who were denied based solely on the veteran’s peacetime status. In order to receive this extension, applications must be resubmitted and received at ADVA Headquarters prior to August 1, 2015.
Our program does not pay for noncredit courses, remedial courses, placement testing, GED preparation, continuing educational courses, pre-technical courses, or state board examinations.
Our scholarship program does not pay for supplies such as pens, paper, notebooks, tools, art supplies, uniforms, computer software products, etc.
The G.I. Dependent Scholarship Program will only pay for those textbooks that are required for the courses in which the student is officially enrolled. Our program does not pay for the purchase of reference manuals, access codes, suggested reading materials, study guides, or recommended workbooks, etc. Reimbursement will not be made.
Alabama State Supported Schools:
Alabama A & M University – Normal
Alabama Southern Community College – Monroeville and Thomasville
Alabama State University – Montgomery
Athens State College – Athens
Auburn University – Auburn, and Montgomery
Bevill State Community College – Fayette, Hamilton, Sumiton, and Jasper
Bishop State Community College – Main, Carver, and Southwest
Central Alabama Community College – Alexander City and Childersburg
Chattahoochee Valley Community College – Phenix City
Enterprise State Community College – Albertville, Andalusia, Decatur, Enterprise, Fort Rucker, Mobile, and Ozark
Gadsden State Community College – Gadsden, Anniston, and Centre
George C. Wallace Community College – Selma, Dothan, Sparks, and Hanceville
J.F. Drake State Technical College – Huntsville
Jacksonville State University – Jacksonville
James H. Faulkner State Community College – Bay Minette, Fairhope, and Gulf
Jefferson Davis Community College – Brewton
Jefferson State Community College – Birmingham, Pell City, and Clanton
John C. Calhoun Community College – Decatur, and Huntsville
Lawson State Community College – Birmingham and Bessemer
Lurleen B. Wallace State Jr. College – Andalusia, Greenville, Luverne, and Opp
Marion Military Institute – Marion
Northeast Alabama State Jr. College – Rainsville
Northwest Shoals Community College – Muscle Shoals and Phil Campbell
Reid State Technical College – Evergreen
Shelton State Community College – Tuscaloosa
Snead State Jr. College – Boaz
Southern Union Community College – Wadley and Opelika
Trenholm State Technical College – Montgomery
Troy University – Troy, Montgomery, Dothan, and Phenix City
University of Alabama – Birmingham, Huntsville, and Tuscaloosa
University of Montevallo – Montevallo
University of North Alabama – Florence
University of South Alabama – Mobile
University of West Alabama – Livingston
*Online courses are covered under this program if offered through the schools listed above.
Eligibility Limitations & Terminations:
Dependents are eligible to participate in the program only as long as they remain the legal dependent of the veteran from which they derive their eligibility. In the event of a divorce action, the former spouse or stepchild will be ineligible to participate effective the date of the divorce. Any educational financial obligations entered into after the divorce date will be the responsibility of the former spouse or stepchild.
Widow(er) forfeits all entitlements upon remarriage without further consideration of reinstatement.
The Alabama Department of Veterans Affairs maintains offices throughout the state which can furnish information and assist you in filing your application. To find your nearest Veterans Service Office, visit the Veterans Service Office Locator Page for contact options.
Out-of-state applicants may receive additional information by contacting:
Alabama Department of Veterans Affairs
Alabama G.I. Dependents Scholarship Program
P.O. Box 1509
Montgomery, AL 36102-1509
Phone: (334) 242-5077