Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grants (IASG)

This financial aid is given to students who's parent or guardian was a member of military service in Iraq or Afghanistan and died in service. Unlike other grants, this plan has peculiar eligibility criteria. To know more about this plan read this blog.

Updated by Ankita Tiwari on 29th January 2019

What is the Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant (IASG)?

The federal government provides various financial aid programs grants to help students complete their college education and making sure monetary issues don't hurdle their education.

Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grants (IASG) is one such scheme by the Federal government to help children of the US Military Personnel who passed away while performing their service in the severe war-affected areas of Iraq and Afghanistan after 11 September 2001.

The grant is annual in nature and covers the monetary requirements of the complete academic year for the concerned student.

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Who can get an Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant (IASG)?

This financial aid is a reward to the families of those who served the nation. The Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grants (IASG) eligibility requirements to receive the grants is as follows. 

  • Meeting the remaining Federal Pell Grant eligibility requirements in case you are not eligible for Federal Pell Grant on the basis of your Expected Family Contribution.

  • The applicant's parent or guardian should have been a member of the U.S. armed forces and died as a result of military service performed in Iraq or Afghanistan after the events of 9/11.

  • The candidate should be under 24 years of age.

  • The applicant should have been enrolled in college at least part-time at the time of the death of the parent or guardian.

IASG - How can I apply?

The primary step is to be sure that you're completely eligible for the grant. If you meet the eligibility requirements, then you can apply for the grant.

How to apply for Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant

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Fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form online.

Try to fill up the form as soon as possible as aids are often of First Come First Serve in nature.

This form is to be filled every year as the grant is offered annually. For each remaining year in your degree, you need to fill up the form before the deadline to make sure you receive the grant on time.

Since the grant works between the federal government and your concerned college, it is essential to keep in contact with college while filing the application. 

How much money can I get?

The upper-limit on IASG is similar to Pell Grant which is another financial grant based on Expected Family Contribution.

  • The total capital provided for the grant cannot be more than the cost of attending the college.

  • For the year 2018-19, the maximum grant in Federal Pell Grant amounts to $6,095.

  • The Sequester Law passed in 2011 (aka The Budget Control Act 2011) influences the disbursement of IASG by decreasing the grant by 6.6 percent for grants disbursed after Oct 2018 and before Oct 2019.

  • The grant will be applicable for every expense that can be covered for an onboard college student including tuition and accommodation charges (given you are staying on campus). 

Grant For The Year 2017 - Summary
Impacted Awards First Disbursed on or after October 1, 2015, and before October 1, 2016 (FY 2016 Sequester) First Disbursed on or after October 1, 2016, and before October 1, 2017(FY 2017 Sequester)
Statutory Award Amount $5,815 $5,815
Reduction from Statutory Award Amount 6.80% 6.90%
Dollar Reduction Amount $395.42 $401.23
Adjusted Award Amount $5,419.58 $5,413.77

How is ISAG paid? 

The disbursal of IASG is almost identical to Pell Grant and the college will apply it to your tuition and boarding expenses and the remaining amount is paid back to you.


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The grant amount is divided as per the term of the college, either semesters or quarters and is provided to the college for disbursements.

The remaining amount is either deposited in your bank account or given to you in the form of a cheque.

What should I do to maintain the grant?

In order to maintain the grant, don’t forget to keep the following points in mind.

  • Keep filing the FAFSA form annually to make sure to certify that you are still pursuing your degree.

  • Make sure you are meeting the eligibility criteria each year, before filing the application.

  • You can only avail this on your first professional degree and for 12 semesters in your course. 


Education is your sole support to make a living these days. Federal Government respects its martyred soldiers who died on foreign land while protecting the interests of the nation.

The Iraq and Afghanistan Grant has helped children of US Military Personnel to complete their college education and will continue to serve this purpose.

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  What is the Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant?

Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant is a type of financial aid provided to those students whose parent or guardian was a member of the U.S. armed forces and died in service in Iraq or Afghanistan after September 11, 2011.

  How much money can I get?

It is equal to that of Federal Pell Grant but it will not exceed your cost of attendance for the academic year. 

  How do Pell Grants work?

Pell Grants are federal grants provided to students to cover their college expenses. You are required to meet certain eligibility criteria and unlike loans, these grants do not have to be repaid.

  What can Pell Grant money be used for?

Pell Grant money covers all your academic expenses such as tuition fees, living expenses, supplies such as books, and more.

  For how long will I receive the Pell Grant?

You can receive the Federal Pell Grant for no more than 12 semesters or the equivalent (roughly six years).

  What is the income limit for Pell Grant 2018?

The maximum Pell Grant amount for the academic year 2017-2018 is $5,920.