Since college education can sometimes be expensive, Kaplan University partnered with the American Freedom Foundation and created the Military Family Scholarship Program to ease the financial burden for servicemembers who sacrifice their lives for the country.

“(We) created the scholarship program because we understand the demands and challenges that a military career can place on the family, often resulting in family goals, especially spouse education, being placed on hold,” said Patrick R. Milligan, assistant vice president for military affairs at Kaplan University. “Our partnership with the American Freedom Foundation allows us to overcome those challenges by providing a scholarship opportunity to help spouses achieve their education goals, ease financial burden on the military family, and create a stronger military family in and after service.”

Scholarships will be offered on a first-to-apply, first-eligible basis and will cover over 50 percent of the tuition costs for attendance at Kaplan University.

Eligible applicants must be a family member of a current or prior U.S. military service member and have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher from high school or prior college. They must also be a new or eligible returning student to Kaplan University. The scholarship period will close once all partial scholarships have been awarded or until Oct. 3; whichever comes first.

So far this year, Milligan said, the program has awarded nearly 100 academic partial tuition scholarships. In total, it has 250 scholarships available. For more information, go to or call 855-727-2604.

Contact Sarah Rafique at or (254) 501-7553. Follow her on Twitter at SarahRafique.

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