Education & Incentives
EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY: Official and Unofficial Transcripts are acceptable for STATE TA IAW 11 CSR 10-3.015 published May 31, 2015
State Tuition Assistance Benefits
The Missouri State Tuition Assistance Program was established in 1998 by Missouri House Bills 1519 & 1165, section 173.239. State Tuition Assistance pays for any Missouri in-state school.
Soldiers who have not completed AIT, BOLC, or OCS ARE ELIGIBLE to use State Tuition Assistance prior to applying for and using Federal Tuition Assistance. Soldiers who meet the one year requirement after completion of AIT, BOLC, or OCS must apply and use Federal Tuition first.
NOTE: State Tuition Assistance is subject to appropriation by the Missouri State Legislature and limitations set forth in 11 CSR 10-3.015.
Federal Tuition Assistance Benefits
Federal Tuition Assistance is available to Soldiers (Active Duty, National Guard, and Army Reserve) meeting the current Department of Defense eligibility requirements. Soldiers must complete one year of service after graduating from Advanced Individual Training (AIT). Additionally, Soldiers must be in good standing (not flagged) to apply for their Federal Tuition Assistance benefit for up to 16 semester hours per fiscal year at a maximum rate of $250.00 per semester hour. Soldiers must apply using goarmyed.com. GoArmyEd allows Soldiers to manage their education records including college classes, testing, on-duty classes, and Army Education Counselor support online, anytime, anywhere for classroom and distance learning.
The Secretary of the Army has authorized the use of incentives to serve as an extraordinary measure to assist the ARNGUS in meeting and sustaining manpower requirements.
Incentives also contribute to quality and skill-matching objectives, and help stabilize the ARNGUS through longer service commitment. The Selected Reserve Incentive Program (SRIP) offers Enlistment Bonus, Educational Assistance, Reenlistment / Extension Bonus, Affiliation Bonus, repayment of student loans, and health professionals loan repayment.
GI Bill Programs
The GI Bill is a federally funded program administered by the military services and the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA).
Each GI Bill program offers 36 months of educational assistance for full-time study; students attending half-time receive a maximum 72 months of benefits (payments are prorated for part-time study).
Soldiers may receive up to 36 months in any single DVA educational assistance program, and a maximum of 48 months of combined benefits.
DVA educational assistance programs include The Montgomery GI Bill-Selected Reserve (Chapter 1606), Reserve Educational Assistance Program (Chapter 1607), Montgomery, Montgomery GI Bill-Active Duty (Chapter 30), and the Post 9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33).
More information about GI Bill programs is available at www.gibill.va.gov.
Federal Tuition Assistance, State Tuition Assistance, and GI Bill are one of the few State-level programs that can be called by the soldier at any level without following their chain of command. We encourage Soldiers, retirees, and spouses/dependents at any level to call us if they have questions or concerns about their incentives and education benefits. We do ask that if you have a Bonus or Student Loan Repayment question that you first contact your unit to see what action has been taken at that level prior to calling the state representative direct.
ARMY GUARD CONTACT NUMBERS
- Education Services Officer – 573-638-9500 ext 39637
- Education and Incentives NCOIC – 573-638-9500 ext 37051
- Federal Tuition Assistance – 573-638-9500 ext 37053
- State Tuition Assistance – 573-638-9500 ext 37023 and 37689
- Bonuses & Student Loan Repayment – 573-638-9500 ext 37689 or 37052 or 37139
- Montgomery GI Bill – 573-638-9500 ext 37689
AIR GUARD CONTACT INFORMATION
- State Tuition Assistance – 573-638-9587
- State TA Fax – 573-638-9822