Education and Incentives
The Guard is your ticket to a successful education. We offer benefits like: 100% Tuition Assistance—up to $16,000 over four years; the Montgomery GI Bill; Post 9/11 GI Bill; Army National Guard Kicker; National Guard Scholarships that can pay up to $10,000 a year plus a $1,200 book allowance; and the Student Loan Repayment Program. It's a great way to pay for college and put cash in your pocket.
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Washington National Guard Conditional Scholarship Program
With great effort on the part of the National Guard Association of Washington (NGAW), and the Washington Military Department (WMD) Leadership, the State legislature appropriated $200,000 to the WMD to reinstitute the Conditional Scholarship Program. This program gives The Adjutant General (TAG), the ability to distribute these funds to qualified Washington National Guard airmen and soldiers in order attain higher education opportunities while serving as an incentive to extend their service obligation. TAG Instruction 0100.01 (WANG Conditional Scholarship Program), which governs how the program is managed, and appointed members of the Conditional Scholarship Advisory Board. These actions open the door for our service members to apply for this scholarship money.
State Education Assistance Program (EAP)
The Washington National Guard can pay up to 100% of your college tuition. If you are a WA resident and attending a WA school, you can qualify for a State Tuition Waiver at UW, WSU, EWU, CWU, and WWU. Amounts vary by school
Montgomery GI Bill
In addition to paying your college tuition, if you qualify for the GI Bill, we’ll send you a monthly expense allowance of over $300—about $11,000 over a four-year period. Best of all, this money is sent directly to you (not to your school) to spend on books, supplies—or anything you want.
Montgomery GI Bill Selected Reserve Chapter 1606 of Title 10, U.S. Code
You may qualify for GI Bill benefits under this chapter earning an allowance of $367 a month depending on your enrollment. That’s a total of more than $13,212 over 36 months. And if you qualify for the Army National Guard Kicker, you’ll earn even more. Best of all, this money is sent directly to you (not to your school) to spend on books, supplies—anything you want.
Post-9/11 GI Bill
For Soldiers with at least 90 days of Active Duty service on or after September 11, 2001, the Post-9/11 GI Bill can cover up to 100% of your tuition, depending on the length of time you’ve served. You may also be eligible for an annual stipend of $1,000 for books and supplies, and a monthly allowance for expenses varying on the location of the school ($600 to $2,000). Also the Post 9/11 GI Bill is transferable to your dependents.
To learn more about Montgomery GI Bill benefits and how to apply, visit: http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/
Army National Guard Kicker
The Army National Guard Kicker supplement to the Montgomery GI Bill pays up to $350 per month in living expenses—up to $12,600 over 36 months. You’ll need to apply and qualify for this program.
Guaranteed Reserve Forces Duty (GRFD) and Dedicated Army National Guard (DEDNG) Scholarship
The high price of tuition doesn't have to stand in the way of a great education. The Army National Guard provides financial assistance to students who wish to attend college and enlist in the Guard with two major scholarships: the Dedicated Army National Guard scholarship (DEDNG) and the Guaranteed Reserve Forces Duty contract (GRFD).
GRFD and DEDNG scholarships are for full-time students. These scholarships pay full tuition and mandatory fees, or can pay room and board (not to exceed $10,000 per year). In addition, cadets will be paid a monthly stipend. Following graduation, cadets begin a new Military Service Obligation (MSO) contract and serve eight years in the Guard, which includes training.
Reserve Officer's Training Corps (ROTC) Scholarships
ROTC is a college elective that allows you to earn a commission straight out of college as a second lieutenant in the Army. The course consists of both academic classes and hands-on training—mental and physical challenges that will help you succeed in college and beyond. Participation takes just a few hours per week.
Student Loan Repayment Program (SLRP)
For Soldiers and officers who have an existing student loan obligation at the time of enlistment in the Guard, the Student Loan Repayment Program (SLRP) may pay up to $50,000 over the life of the guard contract, with a six- or eight-year enlistment as a member of a unit.
In addition, current Guard members who extend their enlistment contract for a minimum period of six years are also eligible for this program, provided they meet certain requirements, including a qualifying score on the Armed Forces Qualifying Test and being in a valid Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) in a National Guard unit.
This incentive is also available to applicants entering Officer Candidate School (you must have at least 90 college credit hours and agree to an eight-year commitment). Your recruiter has complete details.
Ask your local recruiter. The Guard has other programs and services to help you earn additional college credits, prepare for your graduate school exam, or even get your GED—all while earning your Guard pay.
Federal Tuition Assistance
GoArmyEd is your one-stop location for managing your college education and using TA benefits. GoArmyEd gives you access to thousands of accredited colleges and universities and over 1,000 available degree plans.
If you have questions, please contact the Education Services Office:
Education Services Officer (253) 512-8838
Incentives (253) 512-8984
GI Bill (253) 512-8435
Federal Tuition Assistance (253) 512-8931
Education Services Office
41st Division Dr, Bldg 15
Camp Murray, WA 98430