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: https://www.rsi.edu/about-rsi/regulatory-information/.

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 www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.

Financial aid and 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 2019 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.

** https://www.cisa.gov/publication/guidance-essential-critical-infrastructure-workforce

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

***, 2 Welding BLS Salary Stats: According to BLS data annual mean salaries for Welders, Cutters, Solderers and Brazers (514121) in Arizona is $46,870 and the Phoenix Area $46,740. Average starting salaries for Welding Specialist at RSI $41,548 for graduates employed during the 12-month period of 7/1/20-6/30/21. HVAC/R BLS Salary Stats: According to BLS data annual mean salaries for Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers (499021) in Arizona is $49,100 and the Phoenix Area $50,070. Average starting salaries for Refrigeration Technologies at RSI is $37,078 and Electro-Mechanical Technologies is $39,001 for graduates employed during the 12-month period of 7/1/20-6/30/21. Electrician BLS Salary Stats: According to BLS data annual mean salaries for Electricians (472111) in Arizona is $50,270 and the Phoenix Area $49,620. Average starting salaries for Electrical Applications at RSI is $38,022 for graduates employed during the 12-month period of 7/1/20-6/30/21. Mechanical Maintenance Engineering: According to BLS data annual mean salaries for Mechanical Engineering Technicians in Arizona is $62,400 and the Phoenix Area $63,880. Average starting salaries for AOS in Mechanical Maintenance Engineering (avg. for online & on-ground) at RSI is $50,533 for graduates employed during the 12-month period of 7/1/20-6/30/21. Construction Laborer Salary Stats: According to BLS data annual mean salaries for Construction Laborers (472061) in Arizona is $39,520 and in the Phoenix area $40,770. All BSL Stats reported as of May 2020. http://data.bls.gov/oes

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 AWS Welding Employment Stats: https://weldingworkforcedata.com/ Welding Employment Stats: According to BLS data Arizona employed 5,520 and Phoenix employed 4,060 Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers (514121). HVAC/R Employment Stats: According to BLS data Arizona employed 10,000 and Phoenix employed 7,860 Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanical and Installers (4999021). Electrician Employment Stats: According to BLS data Arizona employed 13,650 and Phoenix employed 10,840 Electricians (472111). Mechanical Engineering Stats: According to BLS data Arizona employed 1,060 and Phoenix area employed 840 Mechanical Engineering Technicians (173027). BLS data is reported through May 2020 http://data.bls.gov/oes.

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