FEDERAL TUITION ASSISTANCE (ARMY)
Federal Tuition Assistance (FTA) will pay for up to 16 semester hours a year with a $250 cap on each hour for eligible Soldiers. You must wait until one year after AIT to use FTA and you must not be flagged for any reason. FTA cannot be used in conjunction with Chapter 1606 or Chap 1607 to pay for the same course. www.goarmed.com.
RHODE ISLAND NATIONAL GUARD STATE TUITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (STAP)
The state of Rhode Island provides for waiving of tuition for up to five classes at any RI institution of higher learning and must be applied towards an Associates, Bachelors or Masters degree. Soldiers must obligate one year of service after the completion of classes for every 12 credits waived. Visit the Education office to fill out the waiver.
Find information about the SAT and ACT proctoring (no charge to the Soldier), graduate school exams, and tests that can help you earn academic credit for civilian and military experience. Tests such as GRE and GMAT can be reimbursed. The Education office also administers languages testing (through the labs at Camp Fogarty, and Armed Forces Classification Tests (AFCT) for Soldiers or members of sister services to help raise line scores or raise GT scores. We also administer Selection Instrument for Flight Training for those who wish to fly for the Army National Guard.
STUDENT LOAN REPAYMENT
This program repays existing, qualifying student loans up to $50,000 for new Soldiers, prior service Soldiers, and officers who qualify.
We can help you use your benefits to ensure that you meet your education goals as easy as possible. We will show you what benefits are available to you, as well as how to apply for them. We will show how to combine certain benefits and which programs should be used for different levels of education.
GI BILL PROGRAMS
GI Bill programs are administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), however the Education Services Office has subject-matter experts that can assist with the use of these programs. All of the GI Bill programs require certain qualification measures to be met. These measures are usually determined by the Department of Defense, and this is another place that the Education Services Office can help. Please contact us with any questions. . www.gibill.va.gov.
MONTGOMERY GI BILL-SELECTED RESERVE (CHAPTER 1606)
This is an education assistance program for individuals who have signed a six year contract obligation with the RI Army National Guard. It pays a monthly benefit to those who qualify and applies while the student is going to school and is currently serving in the National Guard. AGR Soldiers do not qualify for this. http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/montgomery_bill.asp
MONTGOMERY GI BILL-ACTIVE DUTY (CHAPTER 30)
This program provides assistance to those who served for a specific time frame in the Active Duty military on or after July 1, 1985 and paid $1200 into the program to reap benefits to be used at a later date. It pays a larger sum than Chapter 1607 during the school year to those who qualify. http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/montgomery_bill.asp.
RESERVE EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (CHAPTER 1607)
To qualify for this assistance, you must have been a member of the Ready Reserve (to include National Guard) who was called to Active Duty on or after September 11, 2001. http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/reap.asp.
POST-9/11 GI BILL (CHAPTER 33)
This program is for those who served at least 90 days of Active Duty service on or after September 11, 2001. It can cover up to 100% of tuition (after 36 months of active duty) and some qualifying fees, depending on how much time you served on that Active Duty. Qualifying individuals may also be eligible for a housing allowance and a book stipend to assist with their education costs. Soldiers in active duty status or their spouse are not eligible for the housing stipend. Their children are eligible for the housing stipend no matter what status the Sponsor is in. Up to 36 months can be transferred to a dependent. http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/post911_gibill.asp
To seek assistance with transferring GI Bill to a dependent call the Education office or visit www.dmdc.osd.mil/milconnet/. You must use a CAC card to transfer and your dependents must be loaded into DEERS. You MUST have four years from the day you transfer to receive approval from National Guard Bureau.