The Armed Forces Bereavement Scholarship Scheme (AFBSS) provides financial help for children if their parent dies in military service.
This guide explains how to apply for financial help to cover some of the costs for further education and university scholarship for bereaved service children.
To apply for financial help towards the costs of further and higher education (through the AFBSS scheme), you must (all):
Note: Scholarships for children whose parent died in service are not available for a foster child of the deceased person. See the Armed Forces benefits, concessions and pensions help guide for further information.
The money that you get from the Armed Forces Bereavement Scholarship Scheme (AFBSS) can be used to pay for tuition fees and maintenance, for a:
Your chosen further education college or university can provide you with further information about the different types of courses available through the scheme.
During the academic year 2018 to 2019 (from 1st September to the following 31st August) you would be able to apply for an amount up to a maximum of:
Note: The maximum amount you can apply for is £9,000 for tuition fees and £4,950 for a Maintenance Grant if you will be studying in Wales, Scotland, or Northern Ireland.
They will not grant the payments until your college or university confirms your registration and attendance for a course. Following that, the money goes to the parent, guardian, or directly to the military bereaved child.
It is possible to backdate scholarship payments for children whose parent died in service. The most likely reason would be if a child becomes eligible and makes an application while they are studying.
Note: Another section has more information on how to get extra money to pay for university while you study in the United Kingdom.
The first step is to download the Armed Forces Bereavement Scholarship Scheme AFBSS application form. Fill in your details and then mail it to the address written on the form.
If you are going to apply for a higher education scholarship, you will also need to include:
The deadline for Veterans UK to receive an application is the 31st of January for the academic year of the further education (FE) or university course.
Even so, you will be able to make your application from the 1st April in the academic year that you begin studying.
Suppose your course begins in September. You would be able to apply any time from the 1st of April in the same year.
But, you must make sure Veterans UK received your application no later than the 31st of January deadline in the following year.
The next step is for a Veterans UK Scheme Administrator to make contact with you. They will confirm whether you qualify for your chosen scholarship (or not).
As a rule, the evidence you provided with your application will determine how long it takes to find out whether you meet the eligibility criteria for an education scholarship for bereaved service children.
You must register with the Student Loans Company if you are going to apply for a university or higher education scholarship. This procedure ensures you get charged UK student fees for the course.
You would need to make an appeal in writing to Veterans UK if you dispute or disagree with the decision given to you about your application.
Armed Forces Bereavement Scholarship Scheme Adjudicator
The Veterans UK helpline can provide extra assistance with any questions about scholarships for children whose parent died in service or filling out the application form.
Veterans UK Helpline
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 0808 1914 218
Overseas: +44 1253 866 043
Monday to Thursday: 7:30am to 6.30pm
Friday: 7.30am to 5pm
UK telephone call charges.
Scholarships Available for Children whose Parent Died in Military Service