Know Your Education Benefits

As you move through your grief, you may choose to make some changes — changes that set you up for the life you want to live. An important change includes education.

TAPS serves as a guide to scholarship information and benefits resources for military survivors. Our education support coordinators can help explain benefits, work with you to align resources and education goals, provide talking points to schools, colleges, and universities, and help you go confidently into the next phase of your life.

When you contact the TAPS Education Support Services team, you’ll find they have the expertise and knowledge to answer questions about education benefits and eligibility. Your education is part of your loved one’s legacy for you — and we want you to grow into it with as much peace of mind as possible.

For education assistance, call TAPS Education Support Services at 800-959-TAPS (8277) or email


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Ways to Fund Your Education

There are hundreds of millions of dollars in scholarship funds available; each scholarship has its own eligibility and selection criteria. TAPS doesn’t influence the selection process for scholarships, but we’re more than happy to help you prepare.

Scholarship Search Tool

Use our scholarship search tool to see what scholarships and grants you may be eligible for.

Federal Benefits

  • Marine Gunnery SGT. John D. Fry scholarship (Fry, CFR Chapter 33)
    • Complete tuition and full coverage of fees for state funded public schools.  Fry scholarship are guaranteed in-state tuition rates regardless of state of residence

      Up to $22,805.34 per academic year for Private or Foreign schools
    • Fry scholars are also eligible for a monthly housing allowance to be paid straight to the student, the rate of which is dependent on the zip code of the school

    • 3

       months of eligibility for surviving children and spouses of Active Duty/Line of Duty deaths
    • Surviving children are eligible between ages 18-33 and surviving spouses are eligible for 15 years from the date of their loved one's death or until January 1, 2021 for surviving spouses who's loved one died between 9 September, 2001- 31 December, 2005

    • For specific rates and information on individual schools, use the GI Bill Comparison Tool on 
  • Survivors and Dependents’ Educational Assistance (DEA, CFR Chapter 35)
    • $1,024 per month paid directly to the student
    • 45 months of eligibility for surviving children up to their 26th birthday
    • Spouses eligible for 20 years from the date of their loved one's death if the death was on Active Duty or 10 years if the death was from a Service Connected disability in retiree or veterans status
    • Surviving spouses and children of Service Connected deaths are eligible.

You can also request a free copy of the TAPS Education Support Services Quick Series Guide by emailing