If you're interested in earning a degree in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Math) program, or you already have a degree and are trying to get a teaching certification, there is a new program that may help you.
The Edith Nourse Rogers STEM Scholarship program, also known as the Rogers Scholarship, is a new pilot GI Bill program available from the Department of Veterans Affairs. The VA began accepting applications for the program on Aug. 1.
What Is The Rogers Scholarship?
The Rogers Scholarship program offers up to nine additional months of Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits to eligible veterans and dependents for an additional maximum payout of $30,000.
Since this is a pilot program, funding is limited. That means that possibly some applicants may not be approved for the program.
Per Public Law 115-48, which created the program, only $75,000,000 is available each fiscal year from 2020-2022, and $100,000,000 for each fiscal year thereafter. Since the maximum payout is $30,000 that means funding could be limited to 2,500 people each year. If you're interested in the program you should apply as soon as possible.
VA will give priority to those whose GI Bill has run out and need the most credit hours to complete their degree or get their teaching certification. Dependents using a transferred GI Bill aren't eligible for this program, but those receiving benefits under the Fry Scholarship program are.
To be eligible for the program you must be enrolled in a STEM program, have completed at least 60 semester hours or 90 quarter hours towards your degree, and if your GI bill has not run out already, it must run out within 180 days from your application date.
How To Apply For The Rogers Scholarship
Since this is a brand new program, the application process is a bit different than it is for the normal GI Bill. To apply for the program:
- Go to the VA.gov website
- Click on "Apply for education benefits" in the education box
- Scroll down until you see a green box that says "Find your education benefits form" and click on it
- Click on "Applying to extend my benefit using the Edith Nourse Rogers STEM scholarship"
- On the next page scroll down until you see a blue box that says "Sign in " and "Start without signing in"
- Answer the questions as prompted
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