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Bill proposes scholarships for veterans be rewarded for another 10 years

Annapolis state house
Posted at 4:04 PM, Feb 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-18 16:04:46-05

A bill being discussed in Annapolis is aimed at helping more veterans and their families pay for a college education. The bill allows scholarships under the Veterans of the Afghanistan and Iraq Conflicts Scholarship to continue for another 10 years. Existing scholarships can also be renewed.

The bill also expands eligibility so that the scholarships can be used for graduate programs and also extend to applicants who aren't residents but who live in Maryland.

The proposed legislation also increases the cap on the scholarship award amount for a graduate student.

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For graduate students, the scholarship may be held for three years of full-time study or six years of part-time study.

Under the bill, a scholarship recipient is no longer required to file for financial aid; however, a recipient who does file for financial aid must file by March 1.

The bill was discussed in the House appropriations committee today.

If it does pass it would go into effect on July 1, 2020.

For more information on the scholarship and how to apply click here.