Air Force Aid Society


The Air Force Aid Society enhances the Air force mission by helping airmen and their families achieve their educational goals, relieve emergency financial distress, and improve their quality of life through proactive program. At Hanscom, we partner with the Air Force Aid Society to bring programs and assistance where needed to eligible members within a 50 mile radius of our installation.

To apply, go to Our office will contact you once the request is submitted.

Emergency Assistance

Emergency use funds from which Active Duty, Retirees and Reservists may be eligible to borrow interest free loans. Usage is for unexpected emergencies such as Basic Living (food, utilities, rent/mortgage, gas, phone, child care), Emergency Travel, Medical/Dental not covered by Tricare, and Vehicle expense (repair, insurance, payment). Coordination may be needed with Air Force Aid Society.

To apply for assistance:

  1. Go to and select “How We Help”. Complete the application and submit it. Please ensure you give the best contact information so we can reach out to you.

  2. Once the case has been submitted, a member of our team will reach out to you with the contact info you provided to discuss your request.


Education Support

Grants ranging from $500 to $4,000 are awarded to eligible Air Force and Space Force dependents each year to assist with tuition, books and fees, or other direct education expenses. For complete details go to

General Henry H. Arnold Education Grant

This grant is competitive in its need-based selection criteria and is uniquely tailored to recognize the proper weighing of family income and education costs. The application process for the Arnold Education Grant serves as the platform for other key education support opportunities at the Society.


AFAS Merit Scholarship

Scholars are evaluated on academic merit. These $5,000 scholarships are available to dependent children and spouses of active duty and retired Airmen who demonstrate outstanding academic potential based on GPA.


AFAS Supplemental Education Loan program

This no-interest loan program – also offered as a complement to the main Arnold Education Grant – is designed to help Air Force families with those incidental college expenses up to $1,000. The AFAS Supplemental Loan can offer help for Air Force dependent students or veterans.

Air Force Aid Society Community Programs

Bundles For Babies

Quarterly workshop open to expectant parents in their second & third trimester. Learn about Newborn Care, Car Seat Safety, Budgeting for Baby, and more. All Active Duty Air Force, Navy, Marine and Coast Guard families will receive a $50 AAFES gift card courtesy of the Air Force Aid Society.  All Army and Civilian families will receive a special gift bag for attending. Spouses are welcome.

Give Parents a Break

Program is currently suspended due to COVID-19. Air Force families undergoing stressful times may be referred by first sergeants or a base "helping" agency to take their children (12 and under) to the Child Development Center for a 4-hour "break" at no charge.


Airman & Family Readiness Center

10 Kirtland St, Bldg. 1240

Hanscom AFB 01731