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program provides financial aid to children or stepchildren, if the natural
parent is deceased, of veterans who served in the United States Armed Forces
during specified periods of war or national emergency. Applicants are eligible
if, as a result of such service, the parent died or suffered an injury or
illness later resulting in death; suffered a 40 % or more disability; is
classified as a former prisoner of war; or is missing in action.
To be eligible for an award the student must:
meet one of the United States citizenship requirements;
meet New York State residency requirements;
enroll as a full-time student;
enroll in an approved program of study in a New York State postsecondary
have a matriculated status;
in good academic standing; have at least a cumulative "C" average after
receipt of two annual payments
be in default on any guaranteed student loan HESC administers; and
be enrolled as an undergraduate student.
First-time recipients of an award as of the 1996-97 academic year must have
graduated from high school, have a GED or other equivalent of a high school
certificate, or have received a passing grade on an approved
Students must also be the child or stepchild of a
veteran who meets the following parental criteria:
must have served in the United States Armed Forces during one of the
April 6, 1917, to November 11, 1918;
December 7, 1941, to December 31, 1946 (or in the Merchant Marine from Dec.
7, 1941, to Aug. 15, 1945);
June 27, 1950, to January 31, 1955;
December 22, 1961, to May 7, 1975;
June 1, 1983, to December 1, 1987, and be a recipient of expeditionary medal
for service in Lebanon;
October 23, 1983, to November 21, 1983, and be a recipient of expeditionary
medal for service in Grenada;
December 20, 1989, to January 31, 1990, and be a recipient of expeditionary
medal for service in Panama; or
August 2, 1990, to end of hostilities in the Persian Gulf.
And the parent must have any one of the following:
died while serving or died as a result of illness or injury incurred during
such service and was a legal resident of New York State at time of death; or
died, and at time of death had a 40 % or more disability as a result of
injury or illness incurred during such service and was a legal resident of
New York State (The death need not have been a result of the disability.);
have a 40 % or more disability as a result of an injury or illness incurred
during such service, have been honorably discharged from the armed forces
and be a legal resident of New York State; or
classified as a former prisoner of war and be a legal resident of New York
State; or have been a legal resident of New York State when classified as
missing in action.
The Administrator of Veterans' Affairs or the
separate branch of the United States Armed Forces determines "death" or
Students can receive payment for four years of
undergraduate study or five years if enrolled in an approved five-year
baccalaureate program or approved educational opportunity program.
The amount of the award is $450 per year, prorated
by term. If a student also receives a TAP award, the combined award can be no
greater than tuition. HESC would reduce the TAP award accordingly.
Applicants for this award must submit a special
eligibility application - Child of Veteran Award Supplement - which is available
from HESC by request. This supplement establishes students' eligibility for the
award and is submitted only when students initially apply for the award.
Students must also submit an application for the award by May 1 of the academic
year for which assistance is being sought.
For additional information and applications, you
may contact HESC’s Grants and Scholarships Unit at the address and telephone
number listed below.
New York State Higher Education
99 Washington Avenue · Albany, New York 12255 · (888)