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Where Can I Find A List of Scholarships Not Dedicated to Tuition?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: Are there any sites or books that have non-fenced scholarships, as the article says? I haven’t been able to find anything related to that. Also where would I find scholarships that don’t pay for tuition?

A: For those of you that are not aware of the issue referred to in the question, the VA is the last payer when it comes to multiple forms of financial aid dedicated to pay tuition. So if you are awarded a tuition dedicated scholarship, the VA ends up paying less than they would otherwise, but the same amount of entitlement is deducted from your Post 9/11 GI Bill. Non-tuition dedicated scholarships have no effect on what the VA pays toward your tuition.

Now onto answering the question. I don’t know of any books or listings that specifically categorize scholarships into tuition dedicated or non-dedicated. I think your best bet is to get into a scholarship site and research the individual scholarships to see if you can determine what each one pays.

I can tell you that most scholarships offered by schools are dedicated to tuition. In other words the money in the scholarship is applied directly toward your tuition costs. However, I know of other scholarships which are not dedicated towards tuition, but the schools apply them toward tuition as a matter of policy. If you are eligible for a scholarship, ask the school or the organization awarding the scholarship how the money will be applied or what it can be used to pay.

In the case of non-dedicated scholarship money, some schools deposit it in an account for the student to use as they wish. This could be used to pay room and board, buy books, etc. Many non-school scholarships just issue you a check and you can use the money as you see fit.

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