Our process is designed to be simple and user-friendly. There are no lengthy applications, no essays, no waiting for scholarship committee meetings. We make grants continuously throughout the year and can have scholarship requests turned around in approximately 3-4 weeks upon receipt of all required documents.
It is absolutely critical that you enroll with us even if your child is young and not ready for college; we will maintain contact with you as your child matures. As college approaches we will work with you to access public and private sources of grants and scholarships. We will ensure that we reserve sufficient funds so that neither you nor your child has to use savings or loans to pay for college.
Step One: Enrollment
- Fill out the family enrollment form either online or print the form and mail it in.
- Mail us a copy of DD Form 1300–Report of Casualty.
- Call us to ensure we have received your enrollment form, to review the process and to inform us of your needs.
Step Two: Scholarship Funding Process
- Verify enrollment.
- Ensure DD1300 is on file with CFPF.
- Send CFPF the following documents:
- College Acceptance Letter.
- Class Schedule (proof of enrollment in classes).
- VA Certificate of Eligibility (Chapter 35 or Chapter 33 (John Fry Scholarship) with payout amounts and months remaining).
- High School Transcript (Incoming Freshmen) or College Transcript (Students Currently Attending College).
- Documentation of Expenses.
- CFPF will review to determine eligibility and funding requirements. Please allow approximately 3-4 weeks to process scholarship requests upon receipt of all required documents.
Please Note: CFPF is only able to assist during the months that students are enrolled and actively attending classes and we require at least a 2.0 GPA to receive funding.
Link for VA Educational Benefits
Step Three: Use of Funds
We want to ensure that eligible families do not have to use their savings or take on loans to pay for college. Period.
There is currently no cap on grants per child; however, we continuously balance our grant making with our financial resources so this policy is subject to change. We will help you access other sources of grants and scholarships (Veterans Affairs programs, private scholarships, etc.) and then help to bridge the remaining gap in college costs.
Our funds can be used for all the typical costs of college: tuition, room and board, books, fees, computers, and living expenses. We make our checks payable to the institution whenever possible.