The cost of college can be expensive, but there’s an organization that can help alleviate the financial burden of pursuing higher education.

The Airborne Scholarship Association offers two types of scholarships — an ASA merit-based scholarship and an ASA/Patriot Foundation funded scholarship.

The $500 to $2,500 merit-based scholarship is provided to the dependent Family members of active-duty service members, veterans, or Department of the Army civilians from units within the XVIII Airborne Corps. 82nd Airborne Division dependents are not eligible because the division has its own scholarship program.

Eligible units include Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, (XVIII Abn. Corps), 44th Medical Brigade, 20th Engineer Brigade, 35th Signal Brigade, 16th Military Police Brigade, 525th Expeditionary Military Intelligence Brigade (formerly 525th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade), 18th Field Artillery Brigade, 7th Transportation Brigade (Expeditionary), 3rd Expeditionary Sustainment Command.

To be eligible, the student’s sponsor must have served in one of the XVIII Abn. Corps units since 9/11. If the unit is not under the XVIII Abn. Corps now, it must have been at the time of active-duty service.

Additionally, scholarships are open to Fort Bragg Gold Star Families serviced by the Fort Bragg Survivor Outreach Services and Soldiers assigned to the Warrior Transition Battalion.

The $2,500 ASA/Patriot Foundation funded scholarship is offered to a Family member of an XVIII Abn. Corps non-divisional Soldier who was wounded or injured while serving in support of the Global War on Terror.

The injury could have happened while deployed, in training or at home station, said Mike Lynch, president, ASA. It does not have to be a wartime injury.

He said scholarships totaling $220,000 were awarded last year.

The ASA is a nonprofit organization, solely funded by donations.

Applications will be accepted through March 31, with award notification made May 30. Students can complete applications at www.airbornescholarshipassociation.org.

Lynch wants all eligible applicants to apply.

“This is one of the benefits of having served in the XVIII Airborne Corps. They should take full advantage of it,” he said.