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Past rates for the Fry Scholarship

Get the past Fry Scholarship rates for August 1, 2021, to July 31, 2022. And learn about how we determine your rate.

Are you trying to find the current rates for the Fry Scholarship? Check current rates instead

Full rates for school and training programs

Effective August 1, 2021, to July 31, 2022

Tuition and fees

We’ll send your tuition and fees directly to your school or training program. Find out the full rate based on what type of school you’re attending:

  • Public institution of higher learning (like a state university or community college): We’ll pay the net tuition and mandatory fees. You may be able to get in-state tuition rates at a public school even if you haven’t lived in the state where the school is located.
    Learn more about in-state tuition rates
  • Private institution of higher learning: We’ll pay the net tuition and mandatory fees up to $26,042.81.
  • Foreign institution of higher learning (a college or university, whether public or private, in a country outside the U.S.): We’ll pay the net tuition and mandatory fees up to $26,042.81 in U.S. dollars.
  • Non-college degree programs (specific training programs like HVAC repair, truck driving, EMT, or beautician school): We’ll pay the net tuition and mandatory fees up to $26,042.81
  • Flight training (a non-degree certificate or rating program): We’ll pay the net tuition and mandatory fees up to $14,881.59
  • Correspondence school (usually courses provided by mail that you complete at your own pace): We’ll pay the net tuition and mandatory fees up to $12,649.34 for spouses using the Fry Scholarship.

Monthly housing allowance (MHA)

You may be eligible for money to help pay for your housing while you’re studying. If you’re eligible for monthly housing allowance (MHA), we’ll pay you this allowance at the end of each month.

We’ll pay you a percentage of the full monthly housing allowance based on how many credits you’re taking. We call this a prorated payment. 

If you’re taking only online classes (also known as “distance learning”), we’ll pay a housing allowance that’s half the national average.

Note: If you’re taking correspondence training or flight training, you’re not eligible for MHA.

You can use our GI Bill Comparison Tool to find out how much money you may be eligible to receive to help pay for housing. 

Use our GI Bill Comparison Tool to calculate your MHA payment

Find out how we determine your MHA

Money for books and supplies

You may be eligible for up to $1,000 each academic year for books and supplies. We base your payment on how many courses you’re enrolled in for the year.

We’ll pay this money to you at the beginning of each term.

Money to help you move from a highly rural area

If you need to relocate from a highly rural area so you can attend school, we may give you a one-time payment of $500 to help with your moving expenses. We define a highly rural area as an area with a low population where less than 10% of workers commute to a town of no more than 2,500 people.

You may be eligible for this rural grant if the description listed here is true for you.

This must be true: 

You live in a county with no more than 6 people per square mile, as determined by the most recent U.S. census.

And one of these must be true:

  • You need to physically relocate at least 500 miles away from your home to attend school, or
  • You need to travel by air to physically attend school because you don’t have the option to travel by car, train, bus, or other ground transportation.

Added payments

If your college or university tuition costs more than the maximum payment, you may be eligible for added payments through the Yellow Ribbon Program.

Learn about the Yellow Ribbon Program

If you’re struggling with your coursework, you may be eligible for up to $100 per month, up to $1,200 total, for tutorial assistance.

Learn more about tutorial assistance

If you’re enrolled in a school or professional training program, you may be eligible to earn extra money through a part-time job related to VA. 

Learn more about work study

Benefit payments for on-the-job training and apprenticeships

Effective August 1, 2021, to July 31, 2022

Monthly housing allowance (MHA)

You may be eligible for money to help pay for your housing while you’re studying. If you’re eligible for monthly housing allowance (MHA), we’ll pay you this allowance at the end of each month.

We’ll pay you a percentage of the full monthly housing allowance based on how many clock hours you’re scheduled to attend per week. We call this a prorated payment.

If you’re taking only online classes (also known as “distance learning”), we’ll pay a housing allowance that’s half the national average.

Note: If you’re taking correspondence training or flight training, you’re not eligible for MHA.

You can use our GI Bill Comparison Tool to find out how much money you may be eligible to receive to help pay for housing. 

Use our GI Bill Comparison Tool to calculate your MHA payment

Find out how we determine your MHA

Money for books and supplies

We’ll pay you up to $1,000 each academic year for books and supplies. We pay this money to you at the beginning of each term.

Full rates for testing fees

Effective August 1, 2021, to July 31, 2022

We’ll pay up to $2,000 for qualifying tests and certifications. Check to make sure we cover any tests before you take them. We cover only tests we approve for the GI Bill.

Learn what tests we approve for the GI Bill

How to contact us if you have questions

Call us at 888-442-4551 (TTY: 711). We’re here Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET. 

You can also ask us a question online through Ask VA.

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