Available for children and spouses of service members who died in the line of duty after September 10, 2001, or was a member of the Selected Reserve who died from a service-connected disability.  This scholarship covers tuition, housing costs, books and supplies for a maximum 36 months of benefits.

Eligibility requirements for this particular benefit are very detailed. Dependent children are eligible once they turn 18 or graduate high school, whichever comes first. Those who turned 18 or graduated prior to January 1, 2013 are eligible only until they turn 33. Eligibility doesn’t end for those who turned 18 or graduated after that date. Dependent children may be married.

Eligible surviving spouses do not have a time limit to apply for a Fry Scholarship but are no longer eligible if they remarry.

Dependent children must elect to stop receiving Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) in order to receive the Fry Scholarship. Spouses can receive both benefits at the same time.

Current rates for tuition and fees: August 1, 2023 – July 31, 2024

VA Rates for School and Retraining Programs