National Guard Tuition Assistance: 10 Things You Should Know

The Army National Guard desires that any, and every one who serves has the complete opportunity to gain all the education they would possibly need to have a successful life and career. They offer many benefits so that members can attain this education.

I recently wrote a post about the National Guard GI Bill. Carrying on with the educational benefits, in today’s post, I am going to write about 10 things you should know about National Guard Tuition Assistance. Personally, I don’t know of any other part time jobs that provide these great educational benefits. Scroll down and find exactly how the Army National Guard can help you attain a higher education.

1: First Come, First Served

The Army National Guard Federal Tuition Assistance is on a limited budget. While the Guard would like to help each, and every one of the soldiers who apply, the funds are limited. You want to apply early to give yourself the best odds of receiving this tuition assistance.

2: Obligations Of Recipients

Each service member that receives the Army National Guard Federal Tuition Assistance does have an obligation they must fulfill. Officers must serve in the Army National Guard for 4 years after completing the course they received the assistance for. Enlisted soldiers must just serve in the Army National Guard through the end of the course. These obligations are quite fair considering the amount of money provided for education.

3: Cap Limits

The Army National Guard Federal Tuition Assistance will pay 100% of tuition and authorized fees, but there is a cap limit. It works out to $4,500 each fiscal year. That breaks down to $250 each semester hour, and $167 per quarter hour. This money can be used to gain:

  • 1 High School Diploma

  • 1 Vocational or Technical Certification

  • 1 Associates Degree

  • 1 Baccalaureate Degree

  • 1 Masters Degree

4: In Conjunction With

The Army National Guard Federal Tuition Assistance can also be used in conjunction with:

5: Direct Payment

All approved National Guard Tuition Assistance is paid directly to the school after the service member successfully completes the course. While other benefits are paid to the member, this system guarantees the school is getting the tuition payments.

6: CLEP

It is highly recommended that members take CLEP exams. CLEP stands for College Level Examination Program. CLEP has 33 different exams that can be taken for free by service members. These essentially give you college credits for material you already know and understand. Passing CLEP tests will give you college credits toward the degree you are trying to attain. By going to College Board.com, you can learn how to register for CLEP exams and start building your college credits.

7: Not Eligible

While the majority of Army National Guard members are eligible to receive the National Guard Federal Tuition Assistance, those who have received scholarships through their ROTC program are not eligible.

8: Applying For Army National Guard Federal Tuition Assistance

The process of applying for the National Guard Federal Tuition Assistance is not difficult. A service member simply goes to Go Army Ed and creates an account as a student. By navigating the website, and following the directions, you can painlessly file an application for tuition assistance.

9: Qualifying Schools

Any school or college a service member is receiving Federal Tuition Assistance for must be accredited. The school also must be registered at Go Army Ed. There are exceptions if the school is not registered with Go Army Ed. The service member will just have to show that the school is accredited, and Go Army Ed staff will determine if the member will receive tuition assistance for it.

10: State Tuition Assistance

The following States offer tuition assistance toe members of that State’s Army National Guard:

  • Alaska will finance up to 12 credit hours at any of its State Universities after the Federal Tuition Assistance limits have been used.

  • Alabama will provide up to $2,000 per year for all Alabama public schools.

  • Arkansas will provide up to $2,500 per semester for any service members with less than 15 years of service. They must maintain a 2.0 grade point average.

  • California will provide up to $12,192 per year for service members who have been with the California National Guard 2+ years and are California residents.

  • Colorado will provide up to $475 per credit hour after all other funding is used. The student must maintain a 2.0 grade point average.

  • Connecticut will provide 100% tuition at State supported schools.

  • Washington D.C. will provide $1,500 for tuition costs and $500 for books as long as the service member maintains a 2.0 grade point average, passes the course, has no adverse action flags and has longer than 1 year of service left with the United States National Guard.

  • Delaware will reimburse tuition costs after all other funding is utilized. Service member must commit to a 6 year obligation to the Delaware National Guard.

  • Florida will provide 100% tuition after the Federal Tuition Assistance is used as long as the student passes the course.

  • Georgia will provide $2,000 per year for a 4 year scholarship as long as the member is a resident of Georgia.

  • Hawaii will provide $2,000 at all public schools for STEM courses. Student must maintain a “C” average.

  • Iowa will cover 50% of tuition costs for Iowa residents who have completed Initial Active Duty Training.

  • Illinois will provide 100% tuition costs for members that have a minimum of 1 year of service.

  • Indiana will provide 100% tuition for up to 15 semester hours for Indiana residents.

  • Kansas will provide up to 100% tuition depending on funds. Member must have less than 20 years of service.

  • Kentucky will provide up to 100% tuition for up to 12 hours per semester.

  • Louisiana will provide 100% tuition to public schools for Louisiana residents.

  • Massachusetts provides 100% tuition as long as the member passes the course.

  • Maryland will provide up to 50% tuition after all other funding is used. It is for E4s and below attempting to attain their 1st degree.

  • Maine will provide up to $1,500 after the Federal Assistance has been used.

  • Michigan will provide up to $4,500 per year for schools based in the State.

  • Minnesota will provide 100% tuition to the University of Minnesota as long as student maintains a “C” average.

  • Missouri will pay $274 per semester hour for members with 10 or less years of service. They pay 50% of that for 10-17 years of service.

  • Mississippi will provide $4,500 for State supported schools.

  • Montana will pay $900 per semester as long as member passes the courses.

  • North Carolina has varied amounts depending on their budget. It will pay after the Federal Tuition Assistance.

  • North Dakota will provide a 25% waiver and 75% reimbursement of tuition costs after usage of the Federal Tuition Assistance. Student must maintain a “C” average.

  • Nebraska will provide 75% of tuition costs as long as the member has a 3 year commitment to the Army National Guard.

  • New Hampshire will reimburse 100% of tuition after all other funding resources are exhausted.

  • New Jersey will pay 100% tuition at State schools.

  • New Mexico will pay up to 100% of incurred costs at public schools with other plans.

  • Nevada will provide 100% tuition to State sponsored schools.

  • New York will provide 100% of tuition up to the bachelor’s degree.

  • Ohio will pay 100% of tuition costs.

  • Oklahoma will cover the tuition for up to 18 credits per semester. The student must maintain a 2.0 grade point average.

  • Pennsylvania will pay $3,410 per semester as long as the service member has a 6+ year obligation with the Pennsylvania National Guard.

  • Puerto Rico will pay $1,350 per year when Guard members contribute $5 per month.

  • Rhode Island will waive tuition for 5 classes each semester at 3 State sponsored schools.

  • South Carolina will pay up to $18,000 total in combination with other funding.

  • South Dakota will pay 50% of tuition.

  • Texas, depending on funds, will pay up to $9,000 per year with a 12 hour semester limit.

  • Utah will pay up to $6,000 per year after the Federal Tuition Assistance is exhausted.

  • Virginia provides $2,500 for tuition and $350 for books with a 2 year service obligation.

  • Virgin Islands will waive up to 32 total credits.

  • Vermont will give interest-free loans.

  • Wisconsin will pay up to $3,996 per year after all other benefits.

  • West Virginia will provide up to $6,000 per year with a 2.0 grade point average.

  • Wyoming will provide $1,230 per semester with a 2 year National Guard obligation and a 2.0 grade point average.

If your State or territory is not listed here, they do not have a program.

Final Thoughts

Where else can you work a part time job and get all your tuition paid for? The benefits that a person can attain for education through the Army National Guard are phenomenal. Do you agree?

Please post your questions or comments below.

If you haven’t taken advantage of the education benefits the National Guard offers, why not? It just makes good sense to gain the free or almost free education while you can.

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