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Tuition assistance program guidelines, application procedures and the policies for determining eligibility vary between the Army Guard and Air Guard. Select the following link to get detailed information about National Guard Tuition Assistance.

The Army National Guard (ARNG) Education Support Center (ESC), located at the Professional Education Center (PEC) in Arkansas, is the focal point for education benefits for ARNG Soldiers, their dependents, and civilian employees of the ARNG.

The ARNG ESC provides GI Bill eligibility analysis, educational counseling, degree planning, and various other educational services to Soldiers located in all 50 States and 4 Territories, as a supplement to the State Education Offices. The ESC also counsels and assists Soldiers and civilian workers who visit PEC for conferences and resident classes.

The ESC also provides information about the Active Duty, Reserve, and REAP GI Bills, the ARNG GI Bill Kicker, and the Work Study programs. The ESC provides guidance to Soldiers on various educational assistance programs including Federal and Active Army Tuition Assistance, state funded programs, Reserve Officer Training Corps scholarships, and the Student Loan Repayment Program.

The ESC provides support for testing programs for college credit such as CLEP College-Level Examination Program (CLEP), college entrance such as Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), Graduate Record Examination (GRE), and Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT), certification and licensing exams, as well as test preparation programs. They assist in administering the General Educational Development (GED) Plus test to new recruits.

The ESC also offers counseling for programs such as Troops to Teachers, Spouses to Teachers, Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOCGuard), eDISCOVER, Army e-Learning, ACE Army Registry Transcript System (AARTS), and Degree Planning.

In addition to tuition assistance you may be eligible for service specific scholarships, college funds, and other education assistance programs that can help you reach your education goals. To learn more about your specific education benefits, check out the following related links:


What is it?

Who is Eligible?


Tuition Assistance

Tuition Assistance is a military benefit that pays the cost of tuition and some fees.

Virtually all military servicemembers are eligible. However criteria for eligibility is determined by each branch.

Tuition Assistance covers up to 100% Tuition and Fees Not to exceed:

  • $250 @ Semester Credit Hour
  • $166 @ Quarter Credit Hour

$4500 @ Fiscal Year
*Navy has a 16 credit hour Annual Limit.

Post-9/11 GI Bill

The Post 9/11 GI Bill provides up to 36 months (4 regular school years) of education benefits to eligible servicemembers and veterans for:

  • College,
  • Business Technical or Vocational Courses
  • Correspondence Courses
  • Apprenticeship/Job Training
  • Flight Training
  • Licensing & Testing Programs

Servicemembers (Active Duty, Guard and Reserve) and Veterans who have served at least 90 days on active duty since 9/10/2001.

Survivors of military member who died on active duty after 9/10/2011 may be eligible for Fry Scholarship program which pays the same as Post-9/11 GI Bill

Paid Tuition and Fees, Living (Housing) Stipend and Book Stipend.

Benefits are tiered based on number of days on active duty.

Some limitations apply to those currently on active duty.

Benefits can be transferred to Spouse or Family member.

Montgomery GI Bill - Selected Reserves

Same as MGIB-AD at reduced rates.

  • Six-year obligation to serve in the Selected Reserve.
  • Officers must agree to serve six years in addition to their original obligation.
  • High school diploma/GED.
  • Maintain Selected Reserve Status.

Up to $362 per month for full-time institutional education.

Reserve Education Assistance Program (REAP) Same as MGIB-AD at reduced rates.

At least 90 days on active duty since 9/10/2001.


40%, 60%, or 80% of the MGIB payment rate as determined by total length of active duty time.

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