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Question:
Can I use Army Tuition Assistance for my family members?

Answer:
The Education Provisions of Public Law 107-107 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2002 allowed for the transfer of educational assistance benefits under the Montgomery GI Bill (Active Duty) to one or more of the service member's dependents. Contact your Army Education Assistance Center for more details on the provisions and restrictions of this law.

Question:
How and where can I apply for financial assistance for college?

Answer:
There are a number of sources that offer financial assistance for college, from scholarships, to Federal grants and loans, to work-study programs. The G.I. Montgomery Bill outlines education assistance benefits to military personnel and veterans. Visit the Army Education Center in your community who have counselors who can assist you with military-related resources for education assistance or you can contact the financial aid office at the college or university that you wish to attend for more options.

Question:
How do I determine the eligibility requirements for in-state tuition?

Answer:
Eligibility requirements for in-state tuition vary from state to state and are especially difficult for military spouses and family members who frequently move. The Army recognized this issue and developed an In-State Tuition website to provide information regarding eligibility of active military service members and their families for in-state college tuition rates in their home state. Visit this site at https://www.armyeducation.army.mil/InState/index.htm for more information or visit the Army Education Center in your community.

Question:
How do I go about collecting the child support my ex-spouse was ordered by the court to pay?

Answer:
In order to collect child support that your ex-spouse/absent parent was ordered by court to provide, you should contact either an attorney or your local child support enforcement agency to learn more about your options. You might be able to get a court- or administratively-ordered deduction of a specified amount from your ex-spouse's income for payment of child support.

Question:
What are the eligibility requirements to qualify for the Free and Reduced Lunch Program?

Answer:
Students in schools that participate in the National School Lunch Program may participate. Household income determines whether students receive free or reduced price meals.

Question:
What circumstances allow me to seek financial assistance through the Army Emergency Relief (AER) fund?

Answer:
The Army Emergency Relief (AER) fund can help in covering food, rent or utilities; emergency transportation and vehicle repairs, funeral expenses, medical and dental expenses, personal needs if a Soldier's pay is delayed or stolen, and provide undergraduate-level education scholarships (based primarily on financial need) to children of Soldiers. AER cannot help pay for nonessentials such as vacations, house purchases or home improvements, or credit card bills.

Question:
What happens to my family's entitlement of food stamps when my Soldier deploys?

Answer:
If your family is on food stamps, your Soldier's benefits will be reduced by one person during their deployment absence (Entitlement to WIC is not impacted).

Question:
What is the Army Emergency Relief (AER) fund?

Answer:
The Army Emergency Relief (AER) fund provides emergency financial assistance to military families (active and retired) when there is a valid need. This applies to members of the Reserve component who have been on continuous active duty for 30 days or more and their dependents. It also applies to ARNG and USAR Soldiers who retired at age 60 and their eligible family members as well as surviving spouses and orphans of Soldiers who died while on active duty or after they retired.

Question:
What is the Spouse Education Assistance Program (SEAP)?

Answer:
The Spouse Education Assistance Program (SEAP) is a need-based education assistance program designed to provide Army spouses who physically reside with active duty Soldiers in Europe, Korea, Japan and Okinawa Commands only, with financial assistance in pursuing educational goals.

Question:
What is Transitional Compensation?

Answer:
Transitional Compensation (TC) funds are given to victims (typically family members) who are in need of financial assistance because the military sponsor’s finances or benefits were reduced or cut off due to the domestic violence incident. The benefits include both monetary as well as other military benefits such as medical, commissary privileges, etc. (dental as well - if space is available). They are provided for 1 - 3 years based on the Soldiers date of separation.
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