Financial Aid Scholarships FAQ

Who is eligible to apply?

To be eligible for this award, you must:

  • Be a current high school senior or college freshman, sophomore or junior
  • Be a dependent child of a Foreign Service employee who is an American Foreign Service Association (AFSA) member. The AFSA member must be or have been an employee (active duty, retired, deceased, and/or separated) with a foreign affairs agency as defined by the Foreign Service Act of 1980 (Department of State, USAID, USIA, BBG, FCS, FAS or APHIS).
  • Have a minimum GPA of 2.75
  • Demonstrate financial need

Children of the AFSA Scholarship Committee are ineligible for AFSA awards or scholarships.

Where do I apply?

To apply, you will need to visit the Community Force account login page by clicking here. If you do not already have an account with Community Force, you can create one there.

When is the application deadline?

March 15, 2020

What is the Program timeline?

  • Application Opens: December 1, 2020
  • Application Deadline: March 15, 2021
  • Scholarship Recipients Notified: by the end of May 2021
  • Scholarship Checks Issued: by August 2021

What are the selection criteria?

An independent selection committee will evaluate the applications and select the recipients considering:

  • Financial need

Decisions of the selection committees are final and are not subject to appeal. No application feedback will be given.

What are the details of the award?

  • Scholarship amounts vary. Scholarships will be awarded annually and are not renewable.
  • Students may reapply each year as long as they continue to meet the eligibility criteria.
  • Students may transfer from one institution to another and retain the award.

Is this scholarship renewable?

No. This scholarship is not automatically renewable. You may reapply as long as you continue to meet the eligibility criteria. The scholarship will be awarded for no more than 8 semesters per applicant.

Which school should I list on the application if I have not made a final decision?

You should list your first choice on the application.

How do I change my college choice?

Before your application is submitted you may logon and make the change under the Academics section. If your application has been submitted please email scholar@afsa.org to make the change.

What are the DOs and DON’Ts of uploading documents to my application?

DO:
  • Upload in the correct file format.
  • Only upload the requested documents.
  • Black out any Social Security numbers on the documents you are uploading. This is not required, but advised.
DON’T:
  • Upload a Microsoft Word™ document (.doc, .docx) or any other format we don’t accept.
  • Upload more than the requested documentation.
  • Upload a document stating you are mailing your documents.
  • Assume the required document does not pertain to you. If the application states the document is required, your application will remain incomplete if you do not provide that document.
  • Password protect your uploaded documents. Password protected documents will be rejected.
  • Upload any file that has a viewing expiration date.

Where and when should I send my supporting documents?

The required supporting documents must be uploaded to your online application by the application deadline. If you do not follow the upload instructions exactly, your application may not be considered. Documents that meet the criteria required for the scholarship application, and are uploaded by the deadline, will be processed and considered on time.

How and when will I receive notification?

  • Notifications are sent to recipients and applicants not selected to receive an award via email by the end of May. For recipients, an Acceptance link will be displayed on the home page following the notification.

Note: Your email address will only be used to communicate with you about your scholarship application AFSA. We will not provide your email address to any third parties.

What are my responsibilities if I am chosen as a recipient?

You must enroll as a full-time undergraduate student in the fall of the year in which the scholarships are awarded, continue the entire academic year without interruption unless approved by scholarship sponsor, deliver your scholarship check(s) to the proper office at your institution with its attached instructions, and notify AFSA should your check not arrive within 30 days of the issue date.

May I defer my scholarship?

AFSA will grant deferrals on a case by case basis.

How and when are checks issued?

Checks will be issued in early August to the institution the student has chosen to attend. Please be on the lookout for any email communication from AFSA during that time frame which may require a response confirming information previously provided such as student ID number, institution mailing address, etc.

Are scholarships taxable?

Tax laws vary by country. In the United States, scholarship funds used exclusively for the payment of tuition or textbooks are normally not taxable. The scholarship recipient is responsible for taxes, if any, that may be assessed against his or her scholarship award. We recommend consulting your tax advisor for more guidance. You may also click here to consult IRS Publication 970 for further information.

Who do I contact if I have other questions?

Contact Awards and Scholarships Manager Theo Horn at scholar@afsa.org or by phone at 202-719-9705.