Spouses and college-age dependent children of servicemembers are eligible to receive SOC DNS Student Agreements as they pursue degrees in the SOC Degree Network System. Student Agreements help family members to complete associate or bachelor's degrees as they relocate with the servicemember during his or her military career. Please see the other topics in the "For Students" section for more information about how to earn a degree in the Degree Network System.
Financial Aid Resources
SOC does not provide financial assistance, but military family members often qualify for grants, scholarships, or tuition discounts from various organizations and academic institutions. Whether particular Degree Network System colleges offer special scholarships or tuition rates to families of servicemembers is listed on the College Information Pages in Chapter 5 of the SOC Degree Network System-2 and -4 Handbooks.
Listed below are links to a variety of financial aid resources for family members.
DANTES — A list of financial aid resources for military family members. Under Counselor Support Programs, select Financial Aid for Spouses of Servicemembers.
Military Spouse Career Advancement Account — Helps fund training in “portable” career fields (not available to Coast Guard spouses).
Need a Lift? — A publication produced by the American Legion listing grants and scholarships available to individuals with a variety of military connections. It also provides good advice on locating other (non-military) sources of financial aid.
Department of Veterans Affairs — The Post 9/11 GI Bill includes a provision that allows eligible servicemembers to share their benefits with family members.
Federal Student Aid — Free information from the U.S. Department of Education.
National Military Family Association — Provides information on spouse education and sponsors military spouse scholarships.