Grant Funding for Military Members, Veterans and Their Families for Vocational School

Over $300 million in military grants and scholarships exist specifically for qualifying service members, veterans and their families.i

What Are Military Grants?

Grants are sums of money paid by the government that don’t have to be repaid. They are often based on financial need and, in the case of military grants, a student’s service in the U.S. Armed Forcesii,iii.

Who Can Get Military Grants?

  • Members of the armed forces
  • Veterans
  • Spouses of service members and veterans
  • Children of service members and veteransiv

What Military Grants Are Available?

Many private organizations offer military grants. The federal government provides two grant programs specific to military members:

Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant

A grant for students whose parents died serving in Afghanistan or Iraq after 9/11. Students must have been under 24 years old at the time of their parents’ death. After completing the FAFSA process, they must not be eligible for a Pell Grant. At least part-time enrollment is required.

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Additional Pell Grant

Students who were under 24 years old when their parents died while fighting in Afghanistan or Iraq after 9/11 and who received an Expected Family Contribution of zero after submitting the FAFSA may qualify for the maximum amount of funds available through the Pell Grant and other federal student aid programs.

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You Served Us. Now Let Us Serve You.

We’re grateful for your service to our country and honored to serve you as you transition from combat to career. Our Financial Aid Advisors are standing by to answer any questions you may have about applying for military grants and assist you through the process of locating funds for your training investment.

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Accredited School, ACCSC. Licensed by the Arizona State Board for Private Post Secondary Education. The AOS/MME program is the Associate of Occupational Studies in Mechanical Maintenance Engineering degree program and is not an academic degree. GI Bill® Eligible (check with local campus for specific eligibility). For more information about our programs, please visit our website at:

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at

Scholarships available to those who qualify. Candidates need to refer to the scholarship information page to determine topic of essay (where applicable) and must meet all regular admissions requirements and be scheduled to start training prior to applying for a scholarship. If a student changes his/her re-enter date, the scholarship award may be forfeited. Scholarships are not transferable and most scholarships cannot be used in conjunction with any other scholarship RSI offers. In most cases, only one award will be given per student. If a student is eligible for multiple scholarships, the scholarship that is most beneficial to the student will be awarded. Scholarships will be distributed incrementally over the entire duration of the program. Scholarship eligibility requires continuous enrollment. Failure to maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress may result in the probation and possible loss of scholarship. Termination from training may also result in the loss of a scholarship, which may increase your tuition obligation to RSI. Tuition charges will be based on the amount reflected on your Enrollment Agreement. See the reverse side of your Enrollment Agreement or the School Catalog for the school’s refund policy.

* According to 2017 IPEDS data RSI has the largest total enrollment of students for all post-secondary schools in the U.S. offering both CIP codes Electromechanical Technology/Electromechanical Engineering and HVAC/R Engineering Technology/Technician.


1 Total number of estimated graduates for RSI calculated based on historic data available as of 1/20/16.

2 Phoenix Area's annual mean wage for Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers (499021) reported by BLS as of May 20120 Average starting salary for Refrigeration Technologies is $35,670 for RSI graduates employed during the 12 month period of 7/1/19-6/30/20.

3 For students who completed their training during the 12-month period for which 150% of normal time for completion has elapsed and who attained employment in their field of study as outlined on our annual accreditation report dated July 1, 2020.

4 $0 registration fee due upon enrollment for students starting by September 30, 2021. Payment arrangements for the $50 registrations fee, and all tuition and fees, will be required for balances due prior to starting school.

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