The Maryland National Guard has three Tuition Assistance Programs that most current Guardsmen can take advantage of. The programs outlined below include two (2) State Tuition Assistance Programs (Waiver and Reimbursement) and a Federal Tuition Assistance Program. State tuition assistance programs are available for Soldiers and Airmen who are attending one of our Partners in Education schools listed under the “Partner Schools” tab. Federal Tuition assistance is governed by www.goarmyed.com and is available for Soldiers attending any institution of higher learning that is registered with the Army Continuing Education Service (ACES). These programs can be utilized simultaneously to reduce the financial burden of paying for a college education.
State Tuition Waiver (STW)
The State Tuition Waiver is available for Soldiers and Airmen attending a “Partners in Education” institution. In order to apply, Soldiers and Airmen download the State Tuition Waiver form, have their Unit Commander sign the letter, and turn the completed document in to the finance office of their school. Most discounts range from 25% to 50% per semester. Tuition Waiver Document
Federal Tuition Assistance (FTA)
Federal Tuition Assistance (FTA) is a benefit available for Soldiers in the ARNG that may be combined with the State Tuition Assistance (STA) programs. This program is governed by GoArmyEd (www.goarmyed.com). The Education Office can assist Soldiers in setting up their account and applying to Tuition Assistance.
Federal Tuition Assistance Policy after 1 January 2014
On 1 January 2014, the Army’s FY14 Tuition Assistance (TA) program will change. The new policy will allow Soldiers to use TA after successful completion of their first year of service after graduating from AIT, OCS or BOLC. Soldiers are eligible for up to 16 semester hours per year and they can use TA for a second, higher-level post-bachelor’s degree after completion of 10 years of service. The second degree time in service requirement applies to movement from a bachelor’s to a master’s degree and not from an associate’s to a bachelor’s degree. Also, the 10-year requirement only applies if Army TA was used to pay for any portion of the undergraduate coursework. After 1 Jan 2014 there may be other changes to the 10 year rule. Those changes will be published immediately upon receipt form HQ Army Education Services.
Soldiers will continue to receive up to $250 per semester hour and the current policy limits of 130 semester hours for completion of a bachelor’s degree and up to 39 semester hours for a master's degree remain in effect. Soldiers cannot use TA for a second equivalent degree, i.e., no second bachelor’s or master's degree. All courses must be part of an approved degree plan. TA cannot be used for first- professional degrees, e.g., PhD, MD or JD. In addition to DA adverse action flags, we will continue our policy to not allow TA for Soldiers who are flagged for APFT/AWCP. The Army will honor TA requests for payment for Soldiers with approved TA requests by 31 December 2013 whose eligibility for TA will be affected by these policy changes. However, no further TA-funded enrollments will be authorized until they meet the new eligibility requirements. For more up to the minute information contact your Maryland Army National Guard Education Service Center at 410-576-1499. If you have any question contact Mr. Fisher, Education Services Specialist at 410-576-6025.
State Tuition Assistance Reimbursement (STAR)
STAR is a program available to MDNG Soldiers and Airmen whose Tuition and Fees are not 100% covered by STW and FTA. Servicemembers can be reimbursed for these costs each semester. Servicemembers are required to turn in the STAR form to the Education Office, signed by their unit commander, along with a copy of their schedule and bill, within 45 days after the start of the semester. No later than 60 days after the end of the semester, servicemembers are required to turn in their grades to the Education office for reimbursement. Please check with the Education office to obtain current reimbursement rates. STAR Reimbursement Document
Participating in one or more of these three programs may or may not have an impact on a Servicemember’s GI Bill. For specific information, please contact the Education Office.
Maryland Army National Guard Education Services Office
Fifth Regiment Armory
Baltimore, MD 21201-2288