The Army overseas spouse education assistance program (OSEAP) is administered by army Emergency Relief. To be eligible for OSEAP, applicant must be a spouse of Army Soldier on active duty assigned and living in a overseas command (which does not include Alaska, Hawaii, or Puerto Rico for OSEAP). The spouse must reside with the Soldier in the overseas command for the entire term. “Active Duty” military personnel are not eligible.
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The Overseas Spouse Education Assistance Program (OSEAP) is a need-based education assistance program designed to provide spouses, residing with active duty Army Soldier’s in overseas commands only (Alaska, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico are not accepted for OSEAP), with financial assistance in pursuing educational goals. The purpose of the program is to assist spouses in gaining the education required to allow them to qualify for increased occupational opportunities. Spouses who receive free tuition as a result of their employment will not receive tuition assistance from AER. However, they may apply for assistance for fees, supplies or books (no duplicates) for classes in which they are enrolled. “Active Duty” military personnel are not eligible.
Spouses must physically reside at overseas residence, and be enrolled, accepted, or pending acceptance as students for the entire Term in post-secondary or vocational institutions under contract at the education office and approved by the U.S. Department of Education. Spouses are not eligible if they are visiting outside the command and take correspondence courses online.
OSEAP is NOT an entitlement or automatically approved. OSEAP does not apply to second undergraduate or graduate level courses.
Attendance under OSEAP need not be full time but must be at institutions approved by the U.S. Department of Education and supported by a contract with the command. Spouses may participate in additional programs as defined in Item 6. GRADUATE SCHOOLS and OFF POST SCHOOLS are not eligible.
Financial assistance is awarded up to half the cost of tuition per term based on financial need, as evidenced by income, assets, family size, special financial obligations and circumstances with a $540 maximum per academic term. The academic year consists of five terms. Funding of additional programs is explained in Item 6. The total of all assistance awarded is counted toward the maximum, $2700, for the academic year 2007-2008.
Only courses that provide academic credit, high school equivalency training or English language proficiency training are eligible. It is the intention of AER that courses and degree or certificate programs be reasonably related to preparing an individual for an occupational goal. The following programs are included in OSEAP in addition to traditional college courses offered at the education centers. The student must apply for assistance before beginning the class or taking the test. These include:
Application and Supporting documentation
Spouses who wish to participate in OSEAP may obtain an application (AER Form 5) and instructions from their local overseas AER Section; the Schools/Universities; local Education Centers; upon written request to HQ, AER; or by downloading from AER website: www.aerhq.org. ALL new and continuing students must complete a new application for the first Term attended for each academic year. For continued educational assistance thereafter, a renewal form must be completed for each Term. We automatically mail renewal forms to those who have existing assistance. However, if a student does not receive a renewal form and needs one, then they must request one, or go to AER website (www.aerhq.org) and submit the on-line renewal form. Please inform students to read all Forms carefully before completing. All requested documents are still required with these Forms and must be mailed to this headquarters. FAXED applications and documents will not be accepted. All the necessary documents must be postmarked no later than AER’s postmark deadline date for each Term.
Incomplete and/or late applications/documents WILL NOT be considered. No extensions will be given. The supporting documentation is as follows:
If this is the first application to AER for assistance and,
If this is a subsequent application send report of grades that have not been previously provided to AER.
PLEASE NOTE: A copy of student’s Discharge Orders/DD214 is needed (along with Soldier’s PCS Orders) if previously in the USA, USN, USAF, USMC, RES OR GRD.
A complete application includes:
Mail completed Overseas Spouse Education Assistance Application with required enclosures to HQ, AER. For acknowledgment that AER has received your Application or subsequent correspondence, enclose a stamped, self-addressed postcard. We will date and return it. This is the only way we can acknowledge receipt. Note, return receipt to the student of the stamped dated postcard does not necessarily mean that your Application was complete.
Headquarters, Army Emergency Relief
Overseas Spouse Education Assistance Program
200 Stovall St., Rm 5N13
Alexandria, VA 22332-0600
HQ, AER assumes no responsibility for applications or supporting documentation not received by this office OR not received in a timely manner. We do not assume responsibility for items mailed to this address with insufficient postage and subsequently returned to the applicant by the postal service. All correspondence to the student will be sent to the address listed on the application until a change is received in writing to the contrary. We assume no responsibility for letters from HQ, AER not delivered to the applicant. All changes to information furnished to HQ, AER must be submitted in writing. NO EXCEPTIONS TO ANYTHING POSTMARKED AFTER THE DEADLINE DATE.
For more information about the Army Overseas Spouse Education Assistance Program contact your local Army Emergency Relief Office (AER).
Army spouses must apply or reapply every term they wish to attend. They must also complete a full application for the first term you attend in the academic year.