Members of the U.S. National Guard are eligible to receive tuition assistance through their appropriate branch.
Army National Guard
The Army National Guard (ARNG) provides Federal Tuition Assistance (FTA) to soldiers meeting the following eligibility requirements:
- Attend an accredited institution
- Be a traditional ARNG soldier in ‘active drilling’ status
- Must remain in ARNG during term of courses
- Officers must serve four years after completion of their final FTA approved course
- Must not be receiving ROTC scholarships
If you meet these guidelines, you become eligible the day you join ARNG. ARNG FTA operates on a limited budget and is not a guaranteed benefit. If you are approved, FTA will cover:
- 100% of tuition up to $250 per semester credit hour or $166 per quarter hour; up to $4,000 per fiscal year (16 semester hours)
- Fees up to $500
- Soldiers will be eligible for Army Tuition Assistance (ATA) upon successfully completing one year of military service following graduation from Advanced Individual Training.
- Soldiers can use ATA for a second, higher-level degree (post bachelor) once they have 10 years of service, if any portion of the undergraduate degree was funded with ATA. There is no 10-year requirement if ATA did not fund any portion of your undergraduate work.
- Soldiers can utilize ATA to cover up to 130 semester hours toward a bachelor’s degree and 39 semester hours toward a graduate degree.
- Soldiers may complete one degree at the bachelor’s and at the master’s level.
Applying for ATA Through GoArmyEd:
- Request ATA through GoArmyEd before the course start date or the school’s late registration period.
- You must request ATA for each course you take.
- You will receive notification from GoArmyEd when your request for ATA has been approved or denied. If you request is denied, GoArmyEd will advise you of the next step you should take.
- All dropped courses or withdrawals must take place through GoArmyEd. If you receive an “F” you will be required to repay your ATA. If you are unable to complete a course due to your military duties, you must ensure that you withdraw from the course through GoArmyEd so that you will not be charged.
- If you would like to take a course from a school that does not participate in the electronic GoArmyEd course schedule, you must still complete an ATA request. The request will be routed to an Army education counselor/Reserve ESS to be reviewed and approved. You should allow extra time for this process. If your request is approved, you will receive notification via email. You will then need to print the approved ATA request form and provide it to school. You will enroll directly with the school.
- You must submit a new, signed ATA Statement of Understanding each year (SFC and above may sign for themselves and the commander). Your ATA request will not be authorized until the ATA SOU is approved. You will receive a notice from GoArmyEd 90 days before the due date.
- Your FTA can be used with MGIB-Selected Reserve or MGIB-Active Duty as long as you are enrolled at least half time or more. However, MGIB-AD participants who are drawing GI Bill®-Kicker benefits are not eligible.
Air National Guard
- $250 per semester credit hour; up to $4500 per fiscal year
To apply for your benefits, please go to: https://www.my.af.mil/faf/FAF/fafHome.jsp