- Army Emergency Relief (AER) Overview
Army Emergency Relief is the U.S. Army's own nonprofit organization dedicated to alleviating financial distress on the force. AER provides grants and zero-interest loans to Active Duty and Retired Soldiers and their Families. Over 4 million Soldiers supported since 1942. AER officers are conveniently located at installations around the world. Visit ArmyEmergencyRelief.org to learn more.
AER’s Education Program is a secondary mission to help Army Families with the costs of education. The three separate scholarship programs are:
Stateside Spouse Education Assistance Program
• Applicant must be the Spouse or widow(er) of an active duty or retired Soldier and reside in the United States.
• Stateside applicants must be full time students.
• First undergraduate degrees only.
• Active duty military personnel are not eligible.
Overseas Spouse Education Assistance Program Major General James Ursano Scholarship Fund for Dependent Children.
Overseas Spouse Education Assistance Program
• Applicants must be a Spouse of an active duty Soldier assigned in Europe, Korea, Japan, or Okinawa.
• Applicants must physically reside with the Soldier at the assigned location.
• First undergraduate degrees only.
• Off post students are not eligible.
• Spouses may be part time or full time students.
Major General James Ursano Scholarship Fund for Dependant Children
• Dependent children, stepchildren, or legally adopted children of Army Soldiers on active duty, retired or deceased while in active duty or retired status.
The children of Grey Area Reservists/National Guard are eligible as well.
Scholarship awards will be awarded up to half the cost of tuition. Scholarship awards are based on financial need, as evidenced by income, assets, Family size, and special circumstances.
Applications and instructions are available for all the scholarships on the AER website at https://www.armyemergencyrelief.org/resources/
- AER Resources and Forms
- Applying For Assistance
Those needing assistance can go directly to Main ACS, 2494 Ricker Road, to begin the application process. All applications must be submitted to an AER counselor with all required supporting documentation and appropriate signatures (if applicable). Any request greater than $3000 (new request plus any outstanding balance, to include grants) may require additional processing time.
Emergency Travel applications will take precedence over all other applicants and are accommodated through 1630.
After ACS closes at 1630 please contact the American Red Cross at 1-877-272-7337 for Emergency Travel assistance (i.e. Emergency leave with DA 31, Privation etc.)
Spouses requesting AER assistance must have (Servicemember may be contacted for information or verification):
1. AER Special Power of Attorney is recommended and a valid military ID card.
2. When using another Valid Power of Attorney (POA), the POA must state, authority to establish, change, or stop an allotment and to incur AER debt in the Soldier's name.
3. Supporting documentation to support their request.
4. Funds for Emergency travel require an American Red Cross case number to authenticate the emergency.
5. Widows and Orphans can be assisted through AER as well.
- Online Assistance Portal
AERs secondary mission is to help Army families with the cost of undergraduate level education, post secondary vocational training, and preparation for acceptance by service academies for their dependent children.
(Click link above for application)
The MG James Ursano Scholarship Program offers scholarships based on financial need, academics, and leadership/achievement for each academic year.
To be eligible:
- Applicants must maintain a cumulative GPA of a 2.0 on a 4.0 grading scale
- Be full time undergraduate students for the entire academic year at a school accredited by the U.S. Department of Education
- Be dependents of a Soldier on federal active duty, a retiree, or a deceased active or retired Soldier. To be a dependent you must be under the age of 23 for the entire academic year, registered in DEERS and unmarried for the entire academic year.
- Stateside Spouse Education Assistance Program (SSEAP)
The Stateside Spouse Education Assistance Program (SSEAP) is a need-based education assistance program designed to provide spouses of active duty and retired Soldiers, and widows(ers) of Soldiers who died either on active duty or in a retired status, and residing in the United States, with financial assistance in pursuing educational goals. The purpose of the program is to assist spouses/widows(ers) in gaining the education required to allow them to qualify for increased occupational opportunities. Individuals who receive free tuition as a result of their employment will not receive tuition assistance from AER. However, they may apply for assistance for fees, supplies or books (no duplicates) for classes in which they are enrolled. Active-duty military personnel are not eligible.For eligibility information, a list of required supporting documents and the online application, visit www.aerhq.org.