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Iowa War Orphans Educational Aid

Program for children of veterans who died before September 11, 2001.

A war orphan is the child of a man or woman who died in service or as a result of such service before September 11, 2001, during one of the following periods:

  • World War I between April 6, 1917, and June 2, 1921, inclusive.
  • World War II between September 16, 1940, and December 31, 1946, inclusive.
  • The Korean Conflict between June 25, 1950, and January 31, 1955, inclusive.
  • The Vietnam Conflict between August 5, 1964, and May 7, 1975, inclusive.
  • The Persian Gulf Conflict between August 2, 1990, and the date the President or the Congress of the United States declares a permanent cessation of hostilities, inclusive.
  • While serving in the military or naval forces of the United States, to include members of the reserve components performing service or duties required or authorized under Chapter 39, United States Code, and Title 32, United States Code, Sections 502 through 505.
  • Active state service required or authorized under Iowa Code chapter 29A, or as a result of such service.
  • The child of a national guardsman or other member of a reserve component who died or was killed in the performance of training or other duties ordered by competent federal or state authorities.

A war orphan shall have lived in the state of Iowa for at least two years immediately preceding the filing of an application and may attend any educational or training institution of college grade or any business or vocational training school with standards approved by the department within the state of Iowa.

War orphans educational assistance will not exceed $600 per person per year. There is a lifetime maximum of $3,000 per person.

Program for children of veterans who died on or after September 11, 2001.

A war orphan is a child who has not reached the age of 31 and who is the child of a man or woman who died in service or as a result of such service on or after September 11, 2001, as follows:

  • While serving in the military or naval forces of the United States, to include members of the reserve components performing service or duties required or authorized under Chapter 39, United States Code, and Title 32, United States Code, Sections 502 through 505.
  • Active state service required or authorized under Iowa Code chapter 29A, or as a result of such service.
  • A child who has not reached the age of 31 and who is the child of a national guardsman or other member of a reserve component who died or was killed in the performance of training or other duties ordered by federal or state authorities.

To qualify for war orphan tuition assistance, the war orphan shall be the child of a veteran who died as a result of active military service and at the time of entering into active military service had maintained primary residence in this state for a period of at least six months immediately before entering into active military service. In order to receive state educational assistance, a war orphan shall begin postsecondary education prior to reaching the age of 26. State educational assistance ceases at the time the war orphan reaches the age of 31.

A war orphan may attend any educational or training institution of college grade or any business or vocational training school with standards approved by the department within the state of Iowa.

War orphans educational assistance will not exceed the highest resident undergraduate tuition rate established per year for an institution of higher learning under the control of the state board of regents, less the amount of any state and federal education benefits, grants, or scholarships received by the child, or the amount of the child’s established financial need, whichever is less, to defray the expenses of tuition. The lifetime maximum payment to an eligible child shall be an amount not to exceed five times the highest resident undergraduate tuition rate established per year for an institution of higher learning under the control of the state board of regents.

Method of payment.
The department shall make payment directly to the school by quarters, semesters, or periods, however the school operates. No payments shall be made directly to the war orphan.

Full-time students are honored for higher payments over part-time students. Payments shall be prorated by the department on behalf of a war orphan on the basis of time spent in school. The school shall submit triplicate billing to the executive director thereby certifying that the war orphan is in attendance and the number of hours of attendance.

War orphans educational assistance may be used to defray the expenses of tuition for the child or children attending a school meeting the requirements set forth above.

War orphans educational assistance is a gift from the state of Iowa to any eligible war orphan who meets the academic progress standards of the postsecondary educational institution the war orphan is attending. There are no restrictions on war orphans with respect to marital status.

The Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs
7105 NW 70th Avenue
Camp Dodge, Bldg. A6A
Johnston, Iowa 50131-1824
Phone (515) 242-5331
Toll Free 1-800-838-4092
Fax: (515) 242-5659
E-mail: click here to contact us by email

Application must be completed in full by the War Orphan and returned to the Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs at the address listed above. Applications must include:

  • A copy of the War Orphan’s BIRTH CERTIFICATE.
  • A copy of the Veteran Parent’s DEATH CERTIFICATE.
  • In case of marriage, applicants must furnish a certified copy of marriage certificate to verify change of name.
  • In case of adoption, applicant must furnish a copy of the adoption papers.
  • Verification that applicant has lived in the State of Iowa for the two years prior to making application. (This can be a letter from the applicant’s high school, or a copy of school transcripts).

For further information or questions, please call (515) 242-5331.

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