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NYS Regents Awards for Children of Deceased and Disabled Veterans



Regents Awards for Children of Deceased and Disabled Veterans were created to provide financial aid to students whose parent(s) served in the U.S. Armed Forces during specified times of national emergency.

Who Is Eligible?

Students whose parent(s) served in the U.S. Armed Forces during specified periods of war or national emergency and, as a result of service, either died, suffered a 40% or more disability, was classified as missing in action, or was a prisoner of war. The veteran must currently be a New York State resident or have been a New York State resident at the time of death.

Conflict and Applicable Periods of Service
Conflict or National EmergencyPeriod of Service
Afghanistan09/18/01 - end of hostilities
Iraq10/16/02 – end of hostilities
Persian Gulf08/02/90 - end of hostilities
Vietnam/Indochina12/22/61 - 05/07/75
Korean Conflict06/27/50 - 01/31/55
World War II12/07/41 - 12/31/46
World War I04/06/17 - 11/11/18
or as a Merchant Seaman during the period from 12/07/41 to 08/15/45
Students whose parent(s) was the recipient of the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Navy Expeditionary Medal, or the Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal for participation in operations in Lebanon, Grenada, or Panama.

Conflict and Applicable Periods of Service
Conflict or National EmergencyPeriod of Service
Panama12/20/89 - 01/31/90
Grenada10/23/83 - 11/21/83
Lebanon06/01/83 - 12/01/87
Note: Students who were born with spina bifida whose parent is a Vietnam Veteran who served in the U.S. Armed Forces in Indochina between 12/22/61 - 05/07/75 must contact HESC at 1-888-697-4372 for application instructions.

Award Amounts

The award is $450 per year.

Applying for Payment?

Complete the Children of Veterans Award Web Supplement. Be sure to print the Web Supplement Confirmation, sign and return it along with the required documentation according to the instructions.

Once you have established your eligibility you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and apply for the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP), or call HESC at 1-888-697-4372 to request a Scholarship & Grant Payment Application by June 30 of each academic year you seek payment.

FAFSA and TAP applications are available online at www.hesc.org (See Applying for Financial Aid).

Apply before June 30 of the academic year for which you are requesting payment.