Get Yourself Educated!
1. Get Assessed
Gather your stuff and talk to an Education Advisor
Start by getting copies of your transcripts from high school and any colleges you've attended. Also, make sure you have copies of your scores from any standardized tests you have taken, such as the SAT or ACT. Next, you will want to obtain a copy of your AARTS Transcript and insure it is accurate. Your AARTS lists all military residence and correspondence courses you have taken as well the recommended credits that most colleges will award you for them. If you haven't already, look into taking CLEP and/or DANTES tests to receive credit by examination. It all starts with contacting a Maryland Guard Education Advisor.
2. Get Tuition Assistance
Follow these three steps and you should be able to attend college tuition-free
The Maryland NG has three great programs that allow most students to attend a Partner School tuition free. It starts with your getting accepted to the school of your choice. If they are a Participating School, they will give you a tuition reduction right off the top for being a qualified Maryland Guard Member. Federal Tuition Assistance is available for the remainder of the tuition and eligible fees. If that doesn't cover your tuition, then the State may reimburse you for any out of pocket tuition costs after the semester is over. Also, check out the great scholarship opportunities for military personnel listed to the right. The combination of all Tuition Assistance and Scholarships maximizes at 100% of your tuition and fees.
3. Get Your GI Bill Benefits
Follow these steps and receive extra money toward the cost of your education
For over 60 years, the Montgomery GI Bill has helped soldiers get their education. Recent changes have enhanced the benefits available, especially for soldiers who have been deployed since 9/11. The GI Bill can give you extra money over and above your tuition assistance to help pay for any unpaid tuition and fees, books, computers, software, equipment, and travel expenses. College can be an expensive proposition and the GI Bill will help you manage.
4. Get Educated For Life
Explore all educational avenues to advance your military and civilian career
Education is more than just a college degree. The Maryland Guard can help you achieve all your educational goals. You go to a graduate school, trade school, apprenticeship program, correspondence school, or get a professional certification.
The Education Office offers the military tests that let you qualify for another military occupation or flight school. We can show you how to advance your military career by leveraging the power of Army eLearning and Correspondence courses to gain promotion points. Education is one of the greatest benefits the Maryland Guard offers its servicemembers. The Education Office can show you how to maximize your benefits.