CyberCorps (R): Scholarship For Service (SFS) is a unique program designed to increase and strengthen the cadre of federal information assurance professionals that protect the government’s critical information infrastructure. This program provides scholarships to US citizens that may fully fund the typical costs incurred by full-time students while attending a participating institution, including tuition and education and related fees. Additionally, participants receive stipends during their time as SFS students that can be used to cover living expenses. After graduation, participants must fulfill a government service obligation for a period equivalent to the length of their scholarship (up to two years; odd-semester programs are rounded up). Eligible students are encouraged to visit the national program website: https://www.sfs.opm.gov/ . The scholarships are funded through grants awarded by the National Science Foundation
The scholarship program will cover tuition for up to two years of study. Students also receive a stipend that is intended to contribute to, or cover the cost of living expenses. In addition, travel funds and book allowance are available for students. (Funds are to spend on relevant activities and book purchases). The student must then work for a Federal, State, Local, or Tribal Government organization in an information assurance position for a period equivalent to the length of the scholarship or one year, whichever is longer. For example, if the student is funded for a full two-year period, he or she must serve at a federal agency for two calendar years (though programs that have an odd number of semesters are rounded up). The MSSI program is three semesters, but the work commitment is two years.