Scholarships for Children and Spouses of
1. What financial aid benefits are available for dependent children of veterans who are classified as Prisoner of War or Missing in Action (POW/MIA)?The 2007 Florida Legislature amended Section 295.015, Florida Statutes, Scholarships for Children and Spouses of Deceased or Disabled Veterans to include all POW/MIA veterans. CSDDV provides funds for dependent children attending an eligible Florida postsecondary institution whose veteran parent meets the following criteria:
Programs Offered, on the Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA) website menu bar, provides a detailed program description (including deadlines) of CSDDV and other state scholarship and grant programs.
2. What financial aid benefits are available for spouses of deceased or 100% disabled veterans?The 2006 Florida Legislature expanded eligibility to qualified spouses under CSDDV to attend eligible Florida postsecondary institutions. A spouse must have been, with the veteran, a Florida resident for 1 year immediately preceding the veteranís death or disability as certified by the Florida Department of Veterans Affairs. Programs Offered, on the OSFA website menu bar, provides individual program descriptions and deadlines.
3. What financial aid benefits are available for dependent children of veterans classified as deceased or 100% disabled?CSDDV also provides scholarships for dependent children of Florida veterans who died as a result of service-connected injuries, diseases, or disabilities sustained while on active duty or who have been verified by the Florida Department of Veterans Affairs as having service-connected 100% total and permanent disabilities. Veterans must have been Florida residents for one year immediately preceding time of death or determination of 100% disability classification. Programs Offered, on the OSFA website menu bar, provides individual program descriptions and deadlines.
4. How does the student apply?
5. How much does a CSDDV award pay?
6. If a student is 23 years old, can the student appeal/challenge the age limit?No, the age limit is required by Section 295.02, Florida Statutes.
7. Why would a student receive a letter requesting additional information on the Initial Student Florida Financial Aid Application in order to be evaluated for CSDDV, if the student previously answered I donít know?A student would receive this letter because the FDOE recognizes that an answer of I donít know does not provide the necessary information to complete the veteranís certification. The Florida Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) will not be able to complete the veteranís certification without a claim number. Without this certification, a student will not be eligible for the program. By answering the questions, the DVA may be able to provide a student's certification more expeditiously. A student should provide as many answers as possible.
8. What is the qualifying veteranís claim number? Where is it located?The qualifying veteranís claim number is the same as the qualifying veteranís SSN and should be on most paperwork from the Veteranís Administration.
9. How does a student verify that certification for CSDDV is complete?To verify certification, an applicant should visit the OSFA website at www.FloridaStudentFinancialAid.org and select State Grants, Scholarships & Applications and Application Status & Award History. Under Initial Student Status select Application/Certification. Logon with the student's User ID and PIN. Scroll to the section titled "Veteranís Information."
10. I am a veteran/member of the National Guard and want to go back to school. Does the state of Florida provide tuition assistance for veterans?No, Florida does not offer a tuition assistance program for veterans; however, the state does offer the Scholarships for Children and Spouses of Deceased or Disabled Veterans program. Visit the OSFA website at www.FloridaStudentFinancialAid.org and select State Grants, Scholarships & Applications for detailed state scholarship and grant information (select Programs Offered for a list of individual programs). A prospective student may wish to visit the Florida Department of Veterans Affairs website at
http://floridavets.org/?page_id=60 for specific veteran information or check with public postsecondary institutions for financial aid programs available to veterans.
11. Is this educational benefit (scholarship) the same as the Chapter 35 Education benefit? If not, can I receive both (CSDDV and Chapter 35)?A student may receive both Chapter 35 and CSDDV. Chapter 35 is a federal benefit and CSDDV is a State of Florida benefit. Chapter 35, the Dependentís Educational Assistance Program, provides educational and training opportunities to eligible dependents and survivors of certain veterans. The Dependentís Educational Assistance Program awards eligible students with a monthly payment. Funds for CSDDV are sent directly to the student's institution and credited toward the student's account.
12. How do I get information about the Federal Chapter 35 program?For more information on Chapter 35, a student may visit the Federal website at http://gibill.va.gov/benefits/other_programs/dea.html or contact the local VA Regional Office for additional assistance toll-free at 1-888-442-4551.