Chapter 33 - Fry Scholarship

Public Law 111-32, the Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship, amends the Post-9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33) to include the children of service members who die in the line of duty after Sept. 10, 2001. The benefit is effective August 1, 2009; the same day the Post-9/11 GI Bill takes effect. Eligible children attending school may receive:

  • Full tuition & fees paid directly to the school for all public school in-state students. For those attending private or foreign schools, tuition & fees are capped at $17,500 per academic year.
  • Students attending a private Institute of Higher Learning in AZ, MI, NH, NY, PA, SC or TX may be eligible for a higher tuition reimbursement rate
  • A monthly housing allowance
  • A books & supplies stipend


Common Name:

Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship

Eligibility Requirements: For children of active duty members of the Armed Forces who died in the line of duty after September 10, 2001.
Cutoff Dates: 15 years to use the benefit beginning on the 18th birthday and may use the benefit until their 33rd birthday.
Tutorial Assistance: Yes
Miscellaneous: Are entitled to 36 months of benefits at the 100% level.
Dependent Eligibility: n/a