state-benefits for veterans (used internally)

Alabama State Benefits

Alabama National Guard Educational Benefit:
Tuition reimbursement of $500 per semester or quarter. No more than $1,000 annually.
Army National Guard servicemember.

Alabama National Guard State Education Priority Reimbursement:
For bachelor’s and lesser degrees, $400,000 has been allocated to provide educational assistance to soldiers by priority. Those National Guard servicemembers will receive a maximum of $55.00 per credit hour up to $1,250 per fiscal year.
National Guard servicemember in Priority 1 category in pay grade E-1 through E-6 with less than 6 years service. Priority 2 is all other National Guard servicemembers.

P.O. Box 302130
Montgomery, AL 36130-2130
Phone: (334) 353-4842
Fax: (334) 242-2945

Alaska State Benefits

Tuition Assistance for Alaska National Guard:
This program provides full coverage for tuition and fees up to $1,000.00 per year at state schools. Reimbursement of tuition/fees is not to exceed $2,000 annually at other colleges/universities. Primary considerations are first-term soldiers, then 2LT-CPT(s) without bachelor’s degrees, and then all remaining applicants.
Eligibility: National Guard member with at least ninety days active duty.

Office of Veterans Affairs
P.O. Box 5800
Fort Richardson, AK 99505-5800
Phone: (907) 428-6513
Fax: (907) 428-6055

UAA Financial Aid Office
3901 Old Seward Highway
Anchorage, AK 99508
(907) 786-1586
UAF Financial Aid Office
P.O. Box 756360
Fairbanks, AK 99775
(907) 474-7256

UAS Financial Aid Office
11120 Glacier Hwy
Juneau, AK 99801
(907) 465-6255

Arizona State Benefits

Arizona Tuition and Fees Deferred Payment:
A veteran or eligible dependent who has applied for educational benefits under the G.I. Bill and is attending a state-supported college or university may defer payment of tuition, fees and required books for a period of 120 days with no interest charges. If at the end of such period, VA has not given the person the initial benefit monies for tuition and fees, an extension may be granted until such benefits are received.
Eligibility: An Arizona veteran or an eligible dependent.

Arizona National Guard State Education Priority Reimbursement:
Priority 1 soldiers will receive a maximum of $55.00 per credit hour up to $1,250 per fiscal year. Reimbursement can be used for a bachelor’s or lesser degree. Priority 2 is all other soldiers.
Eligibility: National Guard servicemember in Priority 1 are soldiers in pay grade E-1 through E-6 with less than six years service. Priority 2 soldiers will receive any money left after Priority 1 soldiers have been paid. The remaining money will be divided equally among the soldiers on the Priority 2 list. Priority 2 soldiers will be identified three weeks after the start of the second semester.

Arizona National Guard Tuition Assistance:
The maximum amount available per Arizona Air National Guard member for State Education Reimbursement for tuition is $250.00 per semester hour, not to exceed $2,156.00 per semester or $6,500.00 per state fiscal year. The maximum amount available for fees is no more than $500.00 per semester.
Eligibility: National Guard servicemember.

Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services
3839 N. 3rd St., No. 209
Phoenix, AZ 85012
Phone: (602) 255-3373

Arkansas State Benefits

Arkansas National Guard Tuition Incentive Program (GRIP):
Provides tuition assistance and fees for soldiers attending Arkansas public and private colleges and universities. Members may receive benefits up to $1,000 per semester for eight semesters in accredited Arkansas institutions for full-time students. Amount is pro-rated for part-time students. Based on student status and available funding.
Eligibility: Arkansas National Guard member.

Spouse/dependent Benefits for POW/MIA/KIA: The Arkansas Department of Higher Education (ADHE) has the authority to provide free tuition and fees at any state-supported college, university, technical school, or vocational school to the wife and children of any Arkansan who has been declared to be POW or MIA status since Jan. 1, 1960. The same provisions apply to the surviving spouse and children of any Arkansas resident killed in action since 1960.

California State Benefits

Troops to College program

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger created the Troops to College program to attract veterans to California’s public institutions and make campuses more veteran friendly.

Under the program, veterans can – depending on their length of service – be eligible for a full ride on tuition and fees at a public college or university, which is about $3,000 at a California State University campus and $7,700 at UC Berkeley. Also, a veteran can receive up to $1,000 for books and supplies and a living stipend of up to $1,450 a month.

California State University will guarantee admission to a total of 115 military personnel each year, selected by admirals and lieutenants. Other veterans will have their applications evaluated separately from regular applicants.

SDSU lays out welcome mat for veterans

To welcome returning troops, San Diego State University has established a campus veterans center and a plethora of scholarship and funding available to our country’s newest veterans. Military housing might even be available on fraternity row, and the campus center will answer veterans’ financial aid questions and give them a place to relax.

Veterans who lack the course requirements or grades for admission will have their file reviewed by an administrator, a retired Army lieutenant colonel. Once enrolled, veterans get priority in selecting classes.

Last year, SDSU enrolled 805 veterans, 65 reservists, 157 active-duty personnel and 139 military dependents.

California National Guard Tuition Program:
“NG APLE” National Guard Assumption Program of Loans for Education. (Effective July 2004)

Applications can be made at local county veterans service offices.

Additional information is available from the California Department of Veterans Affairs.

Colorado State Benefits

Colorado National Guard Tuition Assistance:
Any member of the Colorado National Guard is eligible for state tuition assistance, up to 100 percent tuition paid at any Colorado state-funded school depending on funding available. State funding can be used in conjunction with federal tuition assistance. Deadline for spring semester is Dec. 1. Deadline for fall semester is July 1. Summer deadline is May 1 (if funding is available).

Eligibility: Colorado National Guard member must serve two years for each year granted. As of July 1, 2000, any new member of the Colorado National Guard eligible for state tuition assistance must have a minimum of six months of service in the Colorado National Guard. Interstate Transfer (ISTs) and In-Service Recruits (ISRs) are waived from this requirement. As of July 1, 2005, the state Tuition Assistance (TA) program is no longer a payback program; to get TA the member must be in drilling status with the Colorado National Guard. Also must maintain a 2.0 grade point average.

Colorado Office of Veterans Education & Training
9101 East Lowry Boulevard
Denver, CO 80230-6011
Phone: (303) 595-1620
Fax: (303) 595-1621

In-state tuition rates available to all servicemembers
Colorado will offer public in-state tuition rates to all servicemembers who qualify for benefits under the Post 9/11 GI Bill. The offer is made possible by the GI Opportunity Act, which was signed June 2, 2009, by Gov. Bill Ritter.

The tuition bill, which hopes to make Colorado schools more attractive to current and former military personnel, will offer in-state tuition rates to veterans from all over the country, provided they qualify for benefits under the new GI Bill. At most public Colorado universities and colleges, the difference between in-state and out-of-state tuition is about $8,000. Servicemembers’ families will also be eligible for in-state tuition, provided they qualify for benefits under the GI Bill’s transfer option.

Connecticut State Benefits

Connecticut Veterans Tuition Waiver:
Tuition waivers for veterans cover 100 percent of tuition for General Fund course at all public colleges and universities and 50 percent for Extension Fund and summer courses at Connecticut State Universities.
Eligibility: National Guard member with at least ninety days active-duty service. Veterans must be honorably discharged and Connecticut residents for at least one year upon enrolling in college.

Connecticut Department of Higher Education Veterans Program Approval
- School Approval Unit

61 Woodland Street
Hartford, CT 06105-2326
Phone: (860) 947-1816
Fax: (860) 947-1310

Connecticut Department of Labor Office of Apprenticeship Training
200 Folly Brook Boulevard
Wethersfield, CT 06109-1114
Phone: (860) 263-6085
Fax: (860) 263-6088

Delaware State Benefits

Delaware National Guard Tuition Assistance:
Up to 100 percent tuition covered at state colleges and universities or average of in-state tuition at private college or university in Delaware.
Eligibility: Any active member of a federally recognized unit of the Delaware National Guard, who meets the requirements for satisfactory membership as defined by the Adjutant General of the Delaware National Guard, shall be eligible for funding support by the Delaware National Guard for certain post-secondary education tuition and fees.

401 Federal Street, Suite #2
Dover, DE 19901-3639
Phone: (302) 735-4136
Fax: (302) 739-5894

District of Columbia State Benefits

DC National Guard Tuition Assistance:
The DC National Guard Scholarship will reimburse members of the DC National Guard up to $1,000 per individual during any given semester/quarter at an approved college, university or educational institution.
Eligibility: DC National Guard member.

1722 I Street NW
Washington, DC 20421
Phone: 202-530-9102
Fax: 202-530-9377

Florida State Benefits

Florida Veteran Tuition Deferment:
Any veteran or other eligible student is allowed one tuition deferment each academic year and an additional deferment each time there is a delay in the receipt of benefits.
Eligibility: Any veteran or other eligible student who receives benefits under Chapters 30, 31, 32, or 35 of Title 38, U.S.C. or Chapter 1606 of Title 10, U.S.C., and is attending one of Florida’s public universities, community colleges or vocational schools.

Reduced Tuition for Florida National Guard enlisted prior to June 30, 1997:
Active Florida Guard members are exempt from one-half tuition payment and fees at post-secondary, public educational institutions.
Eligibility: Active Florida National Guard member who enlisted before June 30, 1997.

Reduced Tuition for Florida National Guard enlisted after June 30, 1997:
Payment of full cost of tuition and fees for required courses.
Eligibility: Individuals who enlisted in the Florida National Guard after June 30, 1997.

Florida State Tuition Exemption Program (STEP):
Fifty-percent waiver at any state school or university up to a bachelor’s degree.
Eligibility: Air/Army National Guard member who has less than 15 years of service. The servicemember has 10 years to use benefit from date of eligibility. Waiver can be used in conjunction with Federal Tuition Assistance. Servicemember has a three-year obligation after completing degree or from last semester waiver was granted. Servicemember is required to sign agreement prior to utilization of the program.

Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs
9500 Bay Pines Boulevard, Room 214
St. Petersburg, FL 33744
Phone: (727) 319-7401
Fax: (727) 319-7781

Georgia State Benefits

The National Guard Service Cancelable
Loan Fund:

Provides full coverage of tuition, not to exceed $3,643.00 per school year, or $1,821.00 dollars per semester. Soldiers with a baccalaureate degree are not eligible for this program.
Eligibility: Must be a legal Georgia resident and be a member in good standing of the Georgia National Guard. Loan is repaid through continued membership and continued good standing in the Guard.

Tuition Assistance (Georgia Air National Guard):
Up to 100 percent tuition is paid, not to exceed $2,790.00 per school year, $1,395.00 per semester or $116.25 per semester hour. The rate per quarter hour will not exceed $77.40.
Eligibility: Georgia Air National Guard servicemember.

Georgia Department of Veterans Service
Floyd Veterans’ Memorial Building, Suite E-970
Atlanta, GA 30334-4800
Phone: (404) 656-2306
Fax: (404) 657-6276

Hawaii State Benefits

Hawaii National Guard State Tuition Assistance Program:
The Hawaii National Guard State Tuition Assistance Program provides full funding to community colleges and 50 percent coverage to four-year colleges.
Eligibility: The member must be enrolled in a degree-producing program. Only captain “O3” and below in rank eligible.

2444 Dole Street; Bachman Hall – Room 109J
Honolulu, HI 96822
Phone: (808) 956-6624
Fax: (808) 956-0798

Idaho State Benefits

Idaho National Guard State Tuition Assistance Program (STAP):
Pays $125.00 per semester to full-time students. Part-time students can receive 25 percent - 75 percent of this amount depending on number of credit hours. STAP is available through the graduate level.
Eligibility: National Guard servicemember.

Professional-Technical Education
Len B. Jordan Building – 650 West State Street, Room 324
P.O. Box 83720
Boise, ID 83720-0095
Phone: (208) 334-3216
Fax: (208) 334-2365

Illinois State Benefits

Illinois Veterans Grant:
The Illinois Veterans Grant (IVG) Program pays tuition and certain fees at all Illinois state-supported colleges, universities and community colleges for Illinois residents.
Eligibility: An individual must be an honorably discharged veteran and reside in Illinois six months before entering the service, and have at least one full year of active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces.

Illinois National Guard Scholarship:
Any enlisted person, lieutenant or captain with at least one year service in the Illinois Army/Air National Guard may participate. Available for eight  semesters or twelve quarters of full-time or part-time undergraduate study or graduate study at any Illinois state-supported university or community college. Recipient is entitled to payment of tuition and certain fees. Applications and information on the scholarship may be obtained from the Illinois Student Assistance Commission, 1755 Lake Cook Road, Deerfield, Illinois, 60015. Web site address:

Illinois National Guard Tuition Assistance:
Full college tuition covered at any Illinois state-supported college or university for up to 4 years, for either full-time or part-time studies - undergraduate through Ph.D. level.
Eligibility: Illinois National Guard members.

llinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs
833 South Spring Street
P.O. Box 19432
Springfield, IL 62794-9432
Phone: (217) 782-7838
Fax: (207) 524-8394

Indiana State Benefits

Indiana changes amount of aid
Indiana will give $307.01 of aid per credit hour to in-state veterans, as decided on June 11, 2009. Formerly, Indiana offered $230.05 per credit hour. The maximum total fees covered per term now total $11,415.00.

Indiana National Guard Educational Benefits:
Full tuition paid when attending state colleges or universities for first associates or bachelors degree.
Eligibility: Indiana National Guard members. Apply through unit education personnel.

Indiana Out-of-State Soldier Tuition Assistance:
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels signed into law Senate Enrolled Act 480 (May 2007), which allows in-state tuition rates for out-of-state soldiers assigned to Indiana.

Indiana National Guard / Reserve Educational Assistance:
Eligible members of the National Guard/Reserve and currently drilling National Guard/Reserve members that served on active duty for at least 90 days after Sept. 11, 2001, may be eligible for an educational assistance allowance for participation in approved apprenticeship and/or on-the-job training programs. Contact your National Guard / Reserve unit to determine eligibility for Chaper 1606 and Chapter 1607 benefits.

Indiana Department of Veterans’ Affairs
302 Washington Street, Room E120
Indianapolis, IN 46204-2738
Phone: (317) 232-3914
Fax: (317) 232-7721

Iowa State Benefits

Iowa National Guard Tuition Aid Program:
Program provides $2,700 per semester for full-time students, which equals full-time tuition at Iowa’s public universities, and $196 per credit hour for part-time students. In addition, state schools will refund tuition to mobilized soldiers. Private school attendees get 50 percent tuition assistance, not to exceed the Regents University tuition rate.
Eligibility: Present Iowa National Guard members in good standing.

Iowa Department of Education
Grimes State Office Building
400 East 14th Street
Des Moines, IA 50319-0146
Phone: (515) 281-3317
Fax: (515) 281-6544

Kansas State Benefits

Kansas Board of Regents Tuition Fee Information for Military:
Applicants may pay resident tuition and fees at educational institutions supervised and coordinated by the Kansas Board of Regents. The State Board of Regents also provides tuition assistance to Kansas National Guard members through the National Guard Educational Assistance Program.
Eligibility: Active-duty military personnel and their spouse or dependent children, if the military member is assigned to a full-time duty station in Kansas and the spouse or dependent children are living in Kansas. The spouse and dependents of military personnel who died as a result of active military service on or after Sept. 11, 2001, are eligible for a waiver of tuition and fees at any educational institution supervised and coordinated by the Kansas Board of Regents, so long as the student remains a resident of Kansas.

Kansas National Guard Educational Assistance Program:
Servicemember can receive up to 100 percent coverage of tuition and fees based on funding. The award shall not exceed the amount of the tuition charged by the educational intuition minus any amount received from a government agency, an educational institution, charity, public education trust or other entity.
Eligibility: National Guard enlisted servicemembers attending a state-supported university, community college or vocational school. Soldiers will be required to serve in the Kansas National Guard for an additional period equal to 50 percent of the duration of benefits received (three months for each semester paid).

Kansas Commission on Veterans’ Affairs
700 Southwest Jackson Street
Jayhawk Towers, Suite 701
Topeka, KS 66603
Phone: (785) 296-3976
Fax: (785) 296-1462

Kentucky State Benefits

Kentucky National Guard Tuition Award Program:
Full tuition assistance at any state-supported community college, vocational program or university. Tuition assistance may be used for undergraduate or graduate courses.
Eligibility: National Guard enlisted soldiers only. The award shall not exceed the amount of the tuition charged by the educational intuition minus any amount received from a government agency, an educational institution, charity, public education trust or other entity. This does not include the Montgomery GI Bill.

Kentucky Approving Agency for Veterans Education
300 North Main Street
Versailles, KY 40383
Phone: (859) 256-3235
Toll Free: (877) 528-2748
Fax: (859) 256-3123

Louisiana State Benefits

Louisiana National Guard State Tuition Exemption Program (STEP):
Enhanced STEP allows soldiers in a period of a six-year reenlistment to pursue a degree at the next higher level, up to the masters and professional level. Participants can use the benefit for an additional four academic years (12 semesters / 16 quarters) or until receipt of degree at the masters or professional level.
Eligibility: Louisiana National Guard member.

Louisiana National Guard Tuition Assistance: Full tuition exemption at any Louisiana public institutions of higher learning. Benefits available for up to five academic years.
Eligibility: National Guard member.

Louisiana’s Title 29 Dependents’ Educational Assistance: Provides educational assistance to surviving spouses of deceased or disabled war veterans. The benefit also includes children of veterans with at least a 90 percent service-disabled rating and children of war veterans who have a 100 percent disability rating due to individual unemployability. Visit the LDVA website for more information.

P.O. Box 94095
1885 Wooddale Boulevard
Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9095
Phone: (225) 922-0500, Ext. 206
Fax: (225) 922-3247

Maine State Benefits

Maine National Guard Education Assistance:
Provides eligible soldiers direct tuition assistance to help with college up to 100% tuition at all state colleges and universities, limited to the tuition cost for the state university. The program is subject to funding availability, individual eligibility criteria, and application guidelines & deadlines published to units.
Eligibility: Maine National Guard member must satisfy all four of the following conditions: a) Be a member of the Maine National Guard on or before the first day of class for the semester, trimester, quarter, or term. b) Have successfully completed basic training or received a commission on or before the first day of class for the semester, trimester, quarter, or term. c) Be a satisfactory participant in the Maine National Guard.

An “unsatisfactory participant” is a member of the Maine National Guard who has accumulated nine or more unexcused absences from unit training assemblies within a 12 month period, or who, without proper authority, fails to attend or complete the entire period of annual training. d. Enter into a written contractual commitment with the Maine National Guard to serve in the Maine National Guard for at least one year beyond the end of the term for which Education Assistance is granted.

Maine State Approving Agency for Veterans Education Programs
10F Cross Road
P.O. Box 355
Winthrop, ME 04364
Phone: 207-377-4661
Fax: 207-377-4663

Maryland State Benefits

Maryland Army National Guard State Tuition Waiver:
Provides waiver between 25-50% of tuition cost for members of the MD Army National Guard attending Maryland State colleges and universities.
Eligibility: Maryland Army National Guard members.

Maryland Air National Guard State Tuition Waiver:
50% tuition waived for all partner schools through graduate programs. 50% off tuition and related fees for undergraduate programs at partner schools.
Eligibility: Maryland Air National Guard members.

Maryland Army National Guard Tuition Assistance:
Reimburses soldiers up to 50% of tuition and related fees after verification of grade of “ “ C” “ or better for undergraduate courses. Not available if receiving reimbursement from any other source. Both programs may be used in conjunction with Federal Tuition Assistance and the Montgomery GI Bill.
Eligibility: Maryland Army National Guard members.

Maryland Air National Guard Tuition Assistance:
Up to 100% tuition assistance. Tuition assistance for vocational-technical courses at MD public colleges, universities and private institutions if the latter provides a 50% tuition waiver.
Eligibility: Maryland Air National Guard members.

Maryland Veterans and Dependents Scholarship:
Aid for tuition and other educational expenses are available for veterans and their family members who are attending an institution of higher learning within the borders of the State of Maryland.

Maryland Higher Education Commission
839 Bestgate Road, Suite 400
Annapolis, MD 21401-3013
Phone: 410-260-4532
Fax: 410-260-3201

Massachusetts State Benefits

Welcome Home Bill:
Exempts Guard members from paying any fees while attending a Massachusetts public college or university. Already, they receive free tuition, but fees can account for as much as three quarters of the cost of a college education. The state, not the schools, will pay for the cost of the waivers.

Tuition and Fee Waivers for Guard Members:
The Massachusetts National Guard Education Assistance Program provides a 100% tuition and fee waiver for Massachusetts National Guard soldiers attending a state college, university, or community college program. Generally, these state-supported programs are offered during the day as part of a degree program. Your assistance can continue as long as you are in good standing academically and until you have reached 130 semester hours. The fee waiver is effective July 2006 and is not retroactive.

Upward Bound Program:
Eligibility: Veteran must have served at least 181 days of active duty military service. Discharge must have been ‘other than ‘dishonorable’, must be considered low income and first-generation college attendance.

Massachusetts Department of Higher Education Office of Veterans Education
One Ashburton Place
Room 1401
Boston, MA 02108
Phone: (617) 391-6072
Fax: (617) 727-0667

Massachusetts Division of Apprentice Training
P.O. Box 146759
19 Staniford Street, 1st Floor
Boston, MA 02114

Minnesota State Benefits

Minnesota GI Bill:
The Minnesota G.I. Bill program is a new program in 2007 established to provide postsecondary educational assistance to eligible Minnesota veterans who served on or after September 11, 2001. Full-time undergraduate or graduate students may be eligible receive up to $1,000 per semester and part-time students can receive up to $500 per semester.
Eligibility: You must be a Minnesota resident enrolled at Minnesota institutions who is a: veteran serving or has served honorably in any branch of the United States armed forces at any time on or after September 11, 2001, or;
Non-veteran who has served honorably for a total of five years or more cumulatively as a member of the Minnesota National Guard or any other active or reserve component of the United States armed forces, and any part of that service occurred on or after September 11, 2001, or;
Surviving spouse or children of a person who has served in the military at any time on or after September 11, 2001, and who has died or has a total and permanent disability as a direct result of that military service.

Aid for Active Duty Military Personnel Stationed in Minnesota:
According to State law, members of the United States Armed Forces on active federal military service stationed in Minnesota and their spouses and dependents are considered Minnesota residents and therefore eligible to participate in the Minnesota State Grant and other Minnesota financial aid programs provided they meet the other program eligibility guidelines. You may be eligible for additional benefits from your branch of military service.

Minnesota National Guard Tuition and
Textbook Reimbursement:

A portion of tuition and textbooks is reimbursed directly to the soldier upon satisfactory completion of the coursework. Receive up to 80% of the tuition and textbook cost at any VA approved school. Maximum benefit is 80% of the per credit rate at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Campus.б University of Minnesota = $50.00/75.00 per quarter/semester credit б State Universities = $34.00/51.00 per quarter/semester credit б Community Colleges = $28.00/42.00 per quarter/semester creditб Technical Colleges = $ 28.00/42.00 per quarter/semester credit б Schools reporting in clock hours = $1.35 per clock hour.
Eligibility: Minnesota National Guard members (O-3 and below).

Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs
Veterans Service Building, 2nd Floor
20 West 12th Street
St. Paul, MN 55155
Phone: 651-757-1569
Fax: 651-296-3954

Mississippi State Benefits

In-State Tuition for Service Members
Stationed in Mississippi:

Military personnel stationed in Mississippi are classified as state residents for the purposes of payment of tuition at state colleges and universities.

The Mississippi Army National Guard State Educational Assistance Program:
Pays tuition up to $250 per hour, maximum $4,500 per year to state supported colleges for soldiers not authorized FTA as funds are available. GPA of 2.0 minimum is required. Associates and/or bachelors degree only.
Eligibility: MS Army National Guard members.

Mississippi Air National Guard
Tuition Assistance:

Mississippi Air National Guard members receive tuition assistance: maximum of $4,500.00 per School year for state supported community and senior colleges.
Eligibility: MS Air National Guard members.

Mississippi National Guard Education Benefits: The Adjutant General is authorized to pay the tuition for any member in good standing with the active Mississippi National Guard who is enrolled within the State of Mississippi in an accredited institution of higher learning, vocational education school or junior college and who is not eligible for GI Bill educational assistance and who meets requirements specified in Mississippi law.

Mississippi State Veterans Affairs Board
3466 Highway 80 East
P.O. Box 5947
Pearl, MS 39288-5947
Phone: 601-576-4867
Fax: 601-576-4868

Missouri State Benefits

Missouri Army National Guard
Tuition Assistance:

Before April 1, 2001, members are eligible to receive up to a max of 30 credit hours per academic year. Members who joined after April 1, 2001 and members with less than 10 years of service are eligible for 50%.
Eligibility: Missouri Army National Guard members without bachelor’s degrees are eligible for this program.

Missouri Air National Guard Tuition Assistance: Provides up to 100% tuition assistance. All members can get up to 15 credits hours per semester at the University of Missouri for a total of 10 semesters.
Eligibility: MO Air National Guard members.

Missouri Veterans Education and Training
P.O. Box 480
Jefferson City, MO 65102-0480
Phone: 573-751-3487
Fax: 573-526-5710

Montana State Benefits

Fee Waiver for Honorably Discharged
Montana Veterans:

Waiver of fees (depends on tuition at the school) These fee waivers are only available at: Montana State University at Billings, Bozeman, and Northern; the University of Montana at Missoula; Montana Tech of the University of Montana, the University of Montana College of Technology at Missoula; Western Montana College of the University of Montana; Montana State University College of Technology at Billings and Great Falls; and Helena College of Technology of the University of Montana.
Eligibility: Honorably discharged Montana residents who served during wartime and are ineligible for financial aid under federal laws.

Montana National Guard Tuition Assistance:
$1450 per semester for a full-time student (12 credits or more) attending a Montana State Institution of higher learning or VA approved Montana training program in an undergraduate/degree-granting program and having their Commander’s recommendation.
Eligibility: National Guard service member.

Montana National Guard Scholarship Program:
Eligible applicants may receive up to $1,200.00 per semester based on full-time student status on available funding.
Eligibility: National Guard members with less than 16 years service for pay and a 6-year service obligation.

Montana State Approving Agency
P.O. Box 202501
Helena, MT 59620-2501
Phone: 406-444-4122
Fax: 406-444-1373

Nebraska State Benefits

Nebraska National Guard Education Assistance Program:
75% of tuition paid at state supported college/university or technical college. Up to 75% of University of Nebraska-Lincoln undergraduate resident charge paid to select private college/university and technical schools. Tuition waiver limited to state resident rate.
Eligibility: National Guard enlisted service member. Service member has to be working towards the first BA degree only. No more than 1,200 members will be granted tuition assistance during any State fiscal year (1 July – 30 June).

Nebraska Postsecondary Career Schools and Veterans Education
301 Centennial Mall South
PO Box 94987
Lincoln, NE 68509-4987
Phone: 402-471-4825
Fax: 402-471-8127

Nevada State Benefits

Nevada Military College Tuition Fees:
Those active duty service members and their families will be exempt from university fees while permanently stationed on a military facility within Nevada.
Eligibility: Member of the Armed Forces of the United States, on active duty, stationed in Nevada as a result of a permanent change of duty station pursuant to military orders, or a person whose spouse, family or legal guardian is a member of the Armed Forces of the United States stationed in Nevada as a result of a permanent change of duty station pursuant to military orders.

Nevada Veterans Tuition Assistance: 50 percent of all fees paid at state universities or community colleges.
Eligibility: Army Reserves and National Guard service member.

Nevada National Guard Tuition Waiver Program:
The University of Nevada System provides 100% tuition waiver, excluding some laboratory and university fees, to all current and newly recruited members of the Nevada National Guard at all state universities and community colleges. There is no limit on number of credits taken.
Eligibility: Available for traditional classroom education only and students/National Guard member must maintain a 2.0 GPA per semester.

Nevada National Guard Educational Encouragement Fund:
Reimbursement may be made for up to 50% of the tuition paid by the member and will be based on classes completed with a “ C” or better at selected accredited Nevada institutions for undergraduate, graduate, and Ph.D. programs.
Eligibility: National Guard service member.

Nevada Commission on Postsecondary Education
3663 East Sunset Road, Suite 202
Las Vegas, NV 89120
Phone: 702-486-7330
Fax: 702-486-7340

New Hampshire State Benefits

New Hampshire National Guard Tuition Assistance:
Tuition costs waived up to 100% after applying other federal benefits at state supported post-secondary institution on space-available basis. NH National Guard Scholarships are also available up to $500 annually.
Eligibility: New Hampshire Air and Army National Guard members.

New Hampshire Postsecondary Education Commission
3 Barrell Court, Suite 300
Concord, NH 03301-8543
Phone: 603-271-2555, Ext. 353
Fax: 603-271-2696

New Jersey State Benefits

New Jersey Veterans Tuition Credit Program:
Veterans attending any approved educational institution may apply for the Veterans Tuition Credit Program. Under the program, partial reimbursement is provided to the institution to offset the cost of the Veteran’s tuition. Maximum reimbursement is $400.00 per year for full-time students, $200.00 for part-time students.
Eligibility: To qualify, the Veteran must have been on active duty between Dec.31,1960, and May 7, 1975, and have been a legal resident of NJ at the time of entrance into or discharge from the service, or two years immediately prior to application.

New Jersey National Guard Tuition Assistance:
Pays up to 75% of tuition costs at accredited schools only with a maximum of $100.00 per undergraduate credit and a maximum of $170.00 per graduate credit. Tuition Assistance may not be used together with any other federal program (i.e., the GI Bill) Applications available at:
Eligibility: New Jersey National Guardsman (Army or Air) who must have completed initial active duty training, and be in good standing with your unit.

New Jersey National Guard Tuition (Waiver) Program
– 30 Participating State Schools. 100% tuition waiver (up to 15 credit hours per semester) at any New Jersey state (public), college/university, community college on a space available basis. Available through graduate level.
Eligibility: All members and surviving dependents of New Jersey Guard service members: Must apply for financial aid annually (FAFSA) Complete NJDMAVA Form 621-2-R “ Commander’s Certification” every semester. Maintain academic standards set by the school. Each school has their own policies and procedures for administering the program. You must find out which office is responsible for the program and meet with a representative from that office before you register. This will ensure that you follow the school’s policy. For assistance at each school, contact the Veterans Affairs Representative, the Financial Aid Office or the Registrar’s Office.

New Jersey Department of Veterans Affairs
Eggert Crossing Road
P.O. Box 340
Trenton, NJ 08625-0340
Phone: 609-530-6849
Fax: 609-530-7196

New Mexico State Benefits

New Mexico National Guard Tuition Scholarship Program:
The New Mexico National Guard Tuition Scholarship Program pays up to 100% of the cost of tuition (instructional fees in lieu of tuition, and laboratory shop fees specifically required), based on the availability of funds, for state supported schools. Minimum GPA of 2.0 is required.
For Army National Guard: The scholarship applies to first post-secondary degree or vocational training at any state supported institution. Not to exceed 150 semester hours while participating in this program.
For Air National Guard: The scholarship applies to National Guard students pursuing their first degree at the undergraduate level or vocational studies. Not to exceed 130 semester hours while participating in this program.

New Mexico Vietnam Veterans’ Scholarship Award:
The Vietnam Veteran Scholarship will pay full tuition and books at any state funded post-secondary school to eligible veterans.
Eligibility: Veteran must have established residency in New Mexico for a minimum of ten years, must have an Honorable Discharge, and have been awarded the Vietnam Campaign, or Vietnam Service Medal.

New Mexico Department of Veterans Services
300 San Mateo Boulevard, Suite 106
Albuquerque, NM 87108
Phone: 505-841-5563
Fax: 505-841-5560

New York State Benefits

New York National Guard Educational Benefit:
Pays tuition for credit bearing courses. Minimum enrollment for part-time is six credit hours per semester or at least four semester hours per quarter. Members may receive no more than eight semesters of full-time study, four academic years, or ten semesters if the program requires five years to complete.
Eligibility: National Guard service member.

New York Recruitment Incentive and Retention Program:
The Recruitment Incentive and Retention Program pays the cost of tuition for credit bearing courses only. Minimum enrollment for part-time is at least six, but less than twelve, credit hours per semester or at least four, but less than eight, semester hours per quarter at an institution. Members may receive no more than eight semesters of full-time study, four academic years, or ten semesters if the program requires five years to complete. Members may not receive more than sixteen semesters of part-time study. Funds are limited and applications should be submitted quickly.
Eligibility: National Guard service member upon his or her enrollment in a degree-producing curriculum in any institution.

New York Veterans Tuition Awards:
Provides through the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation up to $1,000 per semester for full-time study or $500 per semester for part-time study to Persian Gulf Veterans matriculated at an undergraduate or graduate degree-granting institution or in an approved vocational training program in New York State.
Eligibility: Veteran must have served in the U.S. Armed Forces during one of the following periods: in Indochina between December 22, 1961 and May 7, 1975; served in the U.S. Armed Forces in the hostilities that occurred in the Persian Gulf from August 2, 1990, through September 10, 2001; served in the U.S. Armed Forces in the hostilities that occurred in the Persian Gulf from September 11, 2001, to the end of hostilities; served in the U.S. Armed Forces in the hostilities that occurred in Afghanistan from September 11, 2001, to the end of hostilities. Veteran must also be a New York State resident, have been discharged from the U.S. Armed Forces under other than dishonorable conditions, be matriculated full or part time at an undergraduate or graduate degree-granting institution in New York State or in an approved vocational training program in New York State, have applied for a Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) award if full-time, have applied for a federal Pell Grant award for full-time or part-time undergraduate study, or enrollment in a vocational training program.

5 Empire State Plaza, Suite 2836
Albany, NY 12223-1551
Phone: 518-474-7606
Fax: 518-474-5583

North Carolina State Benefits

North Carolina In-State Tuition for Non-Resident Service Members:
Any member of the Armed Services qualifying for admission to an institution of higher education, but not qualifying as a resident for tuition purposes shall be charged the in-state tuition rate for enrollments while a member of Armed Services in the state.

North Carolina National Guard Tuition Assistance:
Up to $2,000.00 per year.
Eligibility: North Carolina National Guard service member.

North Carolina State Approving Agency
120 Penmarc Drive, Suite 103
Raleigh, NC 27603-2434
Phone: 919-733-7535
Fax: 919-733-1284

North Carolina Department of Labor Apprenticeship & Training Bureau
4 West Edenton Street
Raleigh, NC 27699-1101
Phone: 919-733-0327
Fax: 919-715-0398

North Dakota State Benefits

North Dakota National Guard Tuition Waiver:
Any qualifying member of the National Guard who enrolls in any state-controlled school, shall, subject to National Guard rules promulgated by the adjutant general, receive a waiver of the tuition charged by the school.
Eligibility: The tuition waiver is valid only so long as the member of the National Guard maintains satisfactory performance with the guard, meets the qualification requirements of rules promulgated by the adjutant general, and pursues a course of study in a manner which satisfies the normal requirements of the school.

North Dakota National Guard Tuition Assistance/Grants Act:
Up to 100% tuition assistance for the basic tuition cost (no additional fees). Payment will be made directly to the student in the form of reimbursement, upon receipt of the student’s transcripts. The amount of reimbursement is based on the financial aid available to the student.
Eligibility: National Guard service member.

North Dakota National Guard Educational Benefit:
Students receive $500.00 per semester plus the college reimburses the student for up to 25% of a benchmark state university tuition rate.
Eligibility: Army National Guard service member.

North Dakota State Approving Agency
BSC Horizon Building
1815 Schaeffer Street – Suite 202
Bismarck, ND 58501
Phone: 701-224-2497
Fax: 701-224-2500

Ohio State Benefits

Ohio National Guard Scholarship Program:
Will pay 100% of the tuition charges of state-assisted colleges and universities. For approved private or proprietary degree-granting institutions of higher education, the program will pay 100% of the average tuition charges of all state universities. The program is not available for courses not applicable to or leading to an Associate or Baccalaureate degree.
Eligibility: The only individuals eligible for this program are Ohio residents who have a high school diploma or GED certificate and who enlist, re-enlist, or extend their current enlistment for six years of Selective Reserve duty in the Ohio National Guard.

Ohio National Guard Tuition Grant:
The Ohio National Guard grant will cover 60% of the total tuition and general fee charges of state assisted colleges and universities in pursuit of an undergraduate degree. The Grant is limited to 12 quarters or 8 semesters and participants must remain enrolled as full time undergraduate student maintaining 12 credit hours, or more, per term.
Eligibility: The only individuals eligible for this program are OH residents who have a high school diploma or GED certificate and who enlist, re-enlist, or extend their current enlistment for six years of Selective Reserve duty in the Ohio National Guard.

Ohio Department of Education
25 South Front Street, Mail Stop 615
Columbus, OH 43215-4183
Phone: 614-466-9287
Fax: 614-728-8470

Oklahoma State Benefits

Oklahoma National Guard Tuition
Waiver Program:

The program waives the tuition (additional fees not included) at state supported 2 and 4 year colleges.
Eligibility: National Guard service member and must be at least a half-time student. Program is for baccalaureate degree only.

State of Oklahoma Department of
Vocational Rehabilitation:

This is a program that is available to assist individuals with physical or mental disabilities. Services include testing, psychological evaluation, medical examination, and counseling services. In some cases Vocational Rehabilitation pays tuition, fees, books, and supply costs.
Eligibility: A veteran of the Armed Forces of the United States and a resident of Oklahoma.

P.O. Box 53067
Capitol Station
Oklahoma City, OK 73152
Phone: 405-951-3400
Phone: 800-845-8476
Fax: 405-522-4551

Oregon State Benefits

Oregon Veterans Tuition Assistance:
Rate of $50.00 per month for full-time undergraduate studies; or other studies at $35.00 per month.
Eligibility: Active Duty in the U.S. Armed Forces for not less than 90 days and received a campaign or expeditionary medal, or ribbon awarded by the U.S. Armed Forces and separation from military service under honorable conditions. Educational aid is not available for courses receiving Federal GI Bill or Vocational Rehabilitation benefits.

Contact: Oregon Department of Veterans Affairs

Oregon Veterans Loan Repayment:
Will repay student loans up to $10,000.
Eligibility: Army Reserves and National Guard Member.

Oregon State Approving Agency for Education, Oregon Department of Education
255 Capitol Street, N.E.
Salem, OR 97310-0203
Phone: 503-947-5727

Oregon State Approving Agency for Apprenticeship/OJT, Bureau of Labor & Industries

800 Northeast Oregon Street, Suite 1045
Portland, OR 97232
Phone: 971-673-0771
Fax: 971-673-0768

Pennsylvania State Benefits

Pennsylvania Military Educational
Assistance Program:

This is a program only offered to Pennsylvania National Guard members and is a non-taxable grant. If you attend a Commonwealth Member Institution, it pays 100% of your tuition directly to the college. If you go to any other college, it will pay as much as 100% of the tuition charged at a Commonwealth Member Institution. Either way, it will pay more than $5,038.00 per year to the school on your behalf. It is paid directly to the school you are attending. If you use it for the 5 years allowed, it will pay more than $20,000. If you use Pell Grants, PHEAA Grants, or Stafford Loans, it doesn’t change the amount of the EAP.
Eligibility: This program provides tuition assistance for students who enter into a service commitment with the Pennsylvania National Guard, typically for a period of six years.

Pennsylvania National Guard Education Assistance Program:
The program will pay a full-time student, equal to or greater than 12 credit hours per semester, up to $2313 per state fiscal year, 30 June to 1 July. The program will pay a part-time student, more than 3 but less than 12 credit hours per semester, up to $1156 per state fiscal year at a state sponsored school.
Eligibility: Only First Lieutenants “ O2” and below in rank eligible for benefits. May be used for up to a Masters degree, however, may only be a full-time student for undergraduate studies. Graduates studies must be part-time. School must be approved by the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency and located in Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania Department of Education
333 Market Street, 12th Floor
Harrisburg, PA 17126-0333
Phone: 717-787-2414
Fax: 717-772-3622

Rhode Island State Benefits

Rhode Island National Guard State Tuition Assistance Program (STAP): Covers up to five (5) tuition free classes per FALL and/or SPRING semesters, not to exceed 12 credits per semester. Previously paid funds cannot be reimbursed. Please submit your RING Form STA 30-3 (Revised 1 Oct 02) application to the education office after you register for your courses. STAP can be used in conjunction with Montgomery GI Bill.
Eligibility: This program is available to all Army and Air National Guard service members (enlisted and officer) who are pursuing an Associate, Bachelor, Masters Degree, or certification from Community College of Rhode Island, Rhode Island College, and University of Rhode Island

Rhode Island National Guard State Tuition Exemption program (STEP): Covers one (1) tuition free course per SUMMER semester, not to exceed two (2) courses a year. STEP can only be used based on seat availability. You must get a STEP certificate from the Education Office before registering for your class. STEP can be used with Montgomery GI Bill. Four free per enlistment, the member can get four more free for every year he/she extend his/her enlistment.
Eligibility: This program is available to all Army and Air National Guard service members (enlisted and officer) who are pursuing an Associate, Bachelor, Masters Degree, or certification from Community College of Rhode Island, Rhode Island College, and University of Rhode Island.

Rhode Island National Guard State Tuition Exemption Program: The State Tuition Exemption Program provides 1 free course per semester at the Community College of Rhode Island, University of Rhode Island, or the Rhode Island College.
Eligibility: National Guard service member must be working towards an Associates or Baccalaureate degree.

Rhode Island Board of Governors for Higher Education
Pastore Complex, Hazard Building
74 West Road
Cranston, RI 02920
Phone: 401-462-9300
Fax: 401-462-9314

South Carolina State Benefits

South Carolina Air National Guard
Tuition Assistance:

Up to $4,500.00 per year toward repayment of student loans while currently enrolled in college.
Eligibility: South Carolina Air National Guard service member.

South Carolina Student Loan
Repayment Program:

Grants $18,000.00 for 4 year awards and $9,000.00 for 2-year awards to recruit and retain soldiers in specific areas of critical need within the South Carolina Army National Guard. The benefit will pay $4,500.00 annually for 2 or 4 years towards the student’s eligible federal student loans.
Eligibility: South Carolina Army National Guard member.

South Carolina Commission on Higher Education
1333 Main Street, Suite 200
Columbia, SC 29201
Phone: 803-737-2330
Fax: 803-737-3610

South Dakota State Benefits

South Dakota Tuition for Veterans:
Eligible veterans can take undergraduate courses at a state university without the payment of tuition, provided they are not eligible for educational payments under the GI Bill or any other federal educational program.
Eligibility: Veteran must be discharged under Honorable conditions and a current resident of South Dakota and qualify for in-state tuition, and able to meet one of the following criteria: Served on active duty at any time between August 2, 1990 and March 3, 1991. Received an Armed Forces Expeditionary medal, Southwest Asia Service medal, or other United States campaign or service medal for participation in combat operations against hostile forces outside the boundaries of the United States or have a service connected disability rated 10%, or more, disabling.

South Dakota Reduced Tuition for South Dakota National Guard members:
National Guard members, who meet the requirements for admission, are eligible for a fifty percent (50%) reduction in undergraduate tuition charges at any state supported school for up to a maximum of four academic years OR, one program of study, approved by the state Board of Education, at any state vocational school upon payment of fifty percent (50%) of the tuition charges. The receipt of federal educational benefits does not affect eligibility for this program.
Eligibility: To qualify the National Guard member must be a resident of this state and a member of the South Dakota Army or Air Guard throughout each semester or vocational program for which he or she applies for benefits, have completed required active duty for training, attend 90% of drills and training periods and maintain a satisfactory academic grade level and provide proper notice to the institution at time of registration for the term in which benefits are sought.

South Dakota Department of Military & Veterans Affairs
500 East Capitol Avenue
Pierre, SD 57501-5070
Phone: 605-773-3648
Fax: 605-773-5380

Tennessee State Benefits

Tennessee National Guard Scholarship Program: Tennessee National Guard Association offers six (6) $1,500.00 scholarships in the following categories: one (1) each Army National Guard member; two (2) each current members or their dependents; two (2) each retired members or dependent of deceased members; one (1) each current members who participated in Operation Desert Shield or members of the family of a former member of an Operation Desert Shield unit.
Eligibility: National Guard service member.

Tennessee Air National Guard Tuition Assistance:
State tuition assistance available for Air National Guard members.
Eligibility: Air National Guard member.

Tennesse Higher Education Commission
Parkway Towers, Suite 1900
404 James Robertson Parkway
Nashville, TN 37243-0830
Phone: 615-741-7569
Fax: 615-741-6230

Texas State Benefits

Tuition Waivers for Texas Veterans:
Exemption for payment of tuition and some fees at public colleges and universities. Tuition exemptions from charges for continuing education courses are optional on the part of the institution.
Eligibility: Veterans honorably discharged who served at least 181 days of active duty military service, who were Texas residents at time of entry into service and are current residents for tuition purposes. All Federal educational benefits must be exhausted.

Texas National Guard Tuition Program:
100% tuition reimbursement up to 12 semester hours for a maximum of 10 semesters or 5 academic years. Additionally, 15 educational grants maximum $6,000 annually. Tuition may be used for undergraduate, graduate, vocational, or technical courses.
Eligibility: Army National Guard service member must be enlisted, WO1-CW3, or 2nd Lt.-Capt.

Texas Veterans Commission
P.O. Box 12277
Austin, TX 78711-2277
Phone: 512-463-3168 / Toll Free: 877-898-3833
Fax: 512-463-3932

Utah State Benefits

Utah Purple Heart Recipients Waiver:
Utah public institutions of higher learning are required to waive the tuition of a Utah resident admitted to an undergraduate program of study leading to a degree or certificate.
Eligibility: Veteran has received a Purple Heart as a result of military service.

Utah National Guard Education:
Currently, there are three different education benefits available to members.
1) The Montgomery GI Education Bill (requires a six-year obligation). This pays the Soldier $282.00 per month tax-free while the Soldier is in school full-time. The total amount on this benefit is $10,152.00, or 14 years to expiration after the first payment is received. This is in addition to other financial aid the Soldier may be eligible to receive.
2) Federal Tuition Assistance pays up to 75% of tuition costs. In addition, college credits may be awarded for military training.
3) Tuition waiver can be awarded to 100% tuition waiver based upon GPA while attending a state institution of higher learning. A percentage (2.5%) of all state scholarships is awarded toward this program. Utah Public colleges/universities are: College of Eastern Utah, Dixie State College, University of Utah, Salt Lake Community College, Snow College, Southern Utah University, Utah State University, Utah Valley State College, and Weber State University. 4) State Tuition Assistance Program: Soldiers may receive up to $250 per semester hour. This amount cannot exceed 100% of the tuition cost for a course. The total amount of benefits each soldier is entitled to receive will not exceed $4,500 per year.
Eligibility: Utah National Guard service member

Utah Veterans Upward Bound:
Funded by the Department of Education and sponsored by Weber State University. this program provides a valuable service by assisting veterans in obtaining admission to post- secondary schools. Instruction and tutoring are provided free of charge to veterans in math, English and basic computer applications. The services are provided to veterans in Salt Lake, Davis and Weber counties.
Eligibility: 1) Veterans whose parents have not graduated from college, 2) low income or disabled veterans.

Utah System of Higher Education
700 Foothill blvd
Salt Lake City, UT 84108
Phone: 801-584-1973
Fax: 801-584-1964

Vermont State Benefits

Vermont National Guard Tuition Assistance:
Up to $2,500.00 per year for full-time for courses taken at a Vermont college, university or regional technical center. Tuition discounts at selected colleges.
Eligibility: Vermont National Guard service member.

Vermont State Office of Veterans Affairs
118 State Street, Drawer 20
Montpelier, VT 05602-4401
Phone: 802-828-1082
Fax: 802-828-5932

Virginia State Benefits

Virginia National Guard Tuition Assistance:
Up to 100% tuition at state and community colleges.
Eligibility: Air/Army National Guard.

Virginia Department of Veterans Services
900 East Main Street
Ground Floor, East Wing
Richmond, VA 23219
Phone: 804-225-2083
Fax: 804-786-0809

Washington State Benefits

Washington National Guard Tuition Assistance:
Washington tuition may be waived on all or a portion of tuition and fees on a space available basis.
Eligibility: Member of National Guard.

Washington National Guard Loan Forgiveness Program:
The state of Washington will forgive education loans for recipients who complete contracted term of service in the Washington National Guard.
Eligibility: Honorable Discharge from National Guard

State Approving Agency Higher Education Coordinating Board
Michael Ball, Director
917 Lakeridge Way
P.O. Box 43450
Olympia, WA 98504-3430

Phone: 360-753-7866
Fax: 360-704-6239

Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board
128 10th Avenue SW
P.O. Box 43105
Olympia, WA 98504-3105
Phone: 360-586-3321
Fax: 360-586-5862

West Virginia State Benefits

Mountain State offering discount for military families
Mountain State University, a multi-campus and online school based in West Virginia, is lowering its tuition rate for many undergraduate programs to $250 per credit hour, available to active-duty military, Reservists, and National Guardsmen. Spouses and dependents are also eligible. Reduced tuition is available for business administration, accounting, legal studies, medical assisting, criminal justice, aviation, forensics, leadership, computer science, and information technology. Call (866) FOR-MSU1 or visit for more information and a listing of campuses.

West Virginia Veterans Re-education Act Fund:
Tuition assistance to those veterans who need a new vocation due to dislocation or unemployment.
Eligibility: Veteran must have exhausted the GI Bill and be in need of tuition assistance.

West Virginia National Guard Education Benefits:
The State of West Virginia will pay up to 100% of in-resident tuition and fees at any state-supported college/university. Out of state students pay tuition at the in-state rates at state supported schools.
Eligibility: Available Only to National Guard service members.

West Virginia Office of Veterans Education & Training Programs
1018 Kanawha Boulevard, East – Suite 700
Charleston, WV 25301
Phone: 304-558-0263
Fax: 304-558-1646

Wisconsin State Benefits

Wisconsin private schools offer benefits

Veterans attending private schools in Wisconsin have a number of tuition breaks available to them. Benefits include:

  • Up to $663 per credit in the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh’s nursing program.
  • All but $1,599 of tuition covered at Milwaukee school of Engineering, for veterans taking 12 credits per term; veterans attending MSOE also bypass the $1,140 laptop fee and receive $1,251 toward housing.
  • Full-tuition coverage at Marquette University, available to 20 veterans.
  • A 25-percent tuition discount at Cardinal Stritch, which can be combined with regular GI Bill benefits.
  • Full-tuition coverage at Wisconsin Lutheran for veterans taking 16 credit hours; those taking 12 credits pay $2,600 per term.
  • All but $1,400 of tuition covered at Alverno for veterans taking 12 credit hours, under regular GI Bill benefits; Alverno isn’t participating in Yellow Ribbon but does offer grants and loans to veterans.

Wisconsin GI Bill:
Provides a waiver (“remission”) of tuition for eligible veterans and their dependents for up to eight full-time semesters or 128 credits at any University of Wisconsin System or Wisconsin Technical College System institution. Qualifying veterans receive a 100 percent remission.
Eligibility: The veteran must have entered service as a Wisconsin resident and the benefit recipient must reside in Wisconsin.

Veterans Education Reimbursement Grant: Provides a reimbursement grant to veterans based on a credit-bank system that is determined by length of active duty military service for the reimbursement of tuition and fees following successful course completion at an eligible University of Wisconsin, technical college, or approved private institution of higher learning.
Eligibility: A veteran who is a Wisconsin resident and has not yet been awarded a bachelor’s degree.

Wisconsin Veteran Retraining Grants:
A veteran who is unemployed or underemployed may be eligible for up to $3,000.00 per year, for a maximum of two years, if they have a financial need while being retrained for new employment. The amount of the grant is determined by the applicant’s financial need as calculated by the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA).
Eligibility: The veteran must have been involuntarily laid off or discharged (not due to willful misconduct) within a period beginning one year before the date that WDVA receives the application. The veteran must have been employed for at least six consecutive months with the same employer or in the same or similar occupations.

Wisconsin National Guard Tuition Grant for Enlisted Members Program:
The Tuition Grant Program helps to pay for courses completed under both full and part-time study. Wisconsin National Guard service members are eligible for a maximum of 8 semesters of full-time study and no grant shall be more than 25% of the resident undergraduate tuition charged by the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Eligibility: All Warrant Officers and enlisted members in good standing are eligible while attending a qualifying school for undergraduate studies. The program may be used at any school eligible for Federal Financial Aid.

Department of Workforce Development – Division of Employment & Training Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards
201 East Washington Avenue, Room E100
P.O. Box 7972
Madison, WI 53707-7972
Phone: 608-266-3133
Fax: 608-266-0766

State Approving Agency Р Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs
30 West Mifflin Street, 7th Floor
Madison, WI 53707-7843
Phone: 608-261-8771
Toll Free: 800-947-8387
Fax: 608-267-0403

Wyoming State Benefits

Wyoming National Guard Education 100% State Educational Assistance Plan:
The 100% State Educational Assistance Plan is for Wyoming National Guard members that want to pursue higher education. The plan pays 100% of the tuition and mandatory fees at Wyoming Junior colleges and at the University of Wyoming. The plan pays a determined amount each year for those private schools in Wyoming that are VA approved. Guard members can use the state educational assistance to complete one degree or certificate program. This includes: Certificates, Associate, Bachelors, Masters, or PhD program. The combination of Certificate, Associate to Bachelor counts as one degree. Members can use the Montgomery GI Bill and kicker, if qualified, with the 100% State Educational Assistance Plan.
Eligibility: Members must have served or are serving on a six-year contract with the Wyoming National Guard. Must have completed basic training or officer training; meet participation standards; and be in good standing with the Guard. Members must maintain a cumulative 2.0 GPA in school and agree to serve two years with the Wyoming Guard after completion of school. Members have ten years to complete their degree or educational objective. The ten years start the first time members enroll in the plan. Failure to maintain satisfactory participation in the educational program or failure to complete the initial six-year commitment, or the two-year additional service, obligates a member to repay all educational assistance received. An application packet must be completed for each term enrolled. Members can pick up application packets at their units, college financial aid offices, and state education office and on the web site:

5500 Bishop Boulevard
Cheyenne, WY 82009-3320
Phone: 307-772-5053
Fax: 307-772-5202

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