STATE TUITION ASSISTANCE BENEFITS (STA)
EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY: Official and Unofficial Transcripts are acceptable for STATE TA IAW 11 CSR 10-3.015 published May 31, 2015
The Missouri State Tuition Assistance Program was established in 1998 by Missouri House Bills 1519 & 1165, section 173.239. STA is available to Soldiers and Airmen of the Missouri National Guard (MONG) meeting the current Missouri State eligibility requirements outlined in 11 CSR 10-3.015. STA is available to Soldiers and Airmen pursuing an undergraduate degree or below the day they enter the MONG. Soldiers and Airmen must be in good standing (Soldiers must not be flagged) to apply for STA for up to 39 semester hours per State Fiscal Year (1 July – 30 June); 15 Fall, 15 Spring, and 9 Summer. Tuition paid at a maximum rate matching up to the current rate at the University of Missouri – Columbia. Soldiers must obtain the STA Application from moguard.ngb.mil
and submit it to the Missouri Army National Guard Education office before the start date of class(es). Airmen must obtain the STA Application from moguard.ngb.mil
and submit it to the Missouri Air National Guard Education office before the start date of class(es). Soldiers must apply and/or exhaust Federal TA (FTA) before STA.
FEDERAL TUITION ASSISTANCE BENEFITS (FTA)
FTA is available to Soldiers (Active Duty, National Guard, and Army Reserve) meeting the current Department of Defense eligibility requirements. Soldiers must be a high school graduate, have a valid contract with the ARNG and possess their own Common Access Card (CAC). Soldiers must be in good standing (not flagged) to apply for FTA for up to 16 semester hours per Federal Fiscal Year (1 October - 30 September) at a maximum rate of $250.00 per semester hour. Soldiers may use Fed TA for an Associate's, Bachelor's or Master's degree. Soldiers must apply using the Army IgnitED website at: https://www.armyignited.army.mil
and use MS Edge, Google Chrome or Firefox browser. Army IgnitEd 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.
Applications for Fed TA may be submitted up to 60 days prior to the start of class and must be submitted at least SEVEN days prior to the start of class so applications can be approved prior to the first day of class.
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, Reenlistment/Extension Bonus, Prior Service Bonus, Affiliation Bonus, Student Loan Repayment, and Chaplain 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)
- Montgomery, Montgomery GI Bill-Active Duty (Chapter 30)
- Post 9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33).
More information about GI Bill programs and rates please view www.gibill.va.gov.
ARMED FORCES QUALIFICATION TESTING (AFQT)
- Testing is conducted from 1000-1500 at ISTS, Jefferson City
- Please ensure personnel have a signed DA 4187, working army.mil email, MOGUARD account, and CAC
- FY 2023: 9May, 8June, 17Aug, 12Sep
- FY 2024: 12Oct, 14Nov, 5Dec, 18Jan, 7Mar, 11April, 7May, 13June, 18July, 13Aug, 12Sept
- Those taking the test should show up at 0900 to complete administrative paperwork
- Tests offered:
- Armed Forces Classification Test (AFCT): Raise GT/Line Scores to Re-class MOS or qualify for Officer Candidate School
STATE TA APPLICATION & INSTRUCTIONS
State TA Application (Jan. 2023)
ARMY GUARD CONTACT INFORMATION
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.
Send inquiries about LOAN REPAYMENT PROGRAM, BONUSES and GI BILL to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Send STATE TUITION ASSISTANCE APPLICATIONS and QUESTIONS to: email@example.com
NCOIC/ESO; SFC Wakeland, 37051, firstname.lastname@example.org
Incentives: SSG Malloy, 37690, email@example.com
Incentives: SGT Embree, 37052, firstname.lastname@example.org
Incentives: SGT Meng, 39637, email@example.com
Incentives: SGT Kothe, 37170, firstname.lastname@example.org
State TA: Ms. Mehrhoff, 37023, email@example.com
State TA: Ms. Lister, 37971, firstname.lastname@example.org
Federal TA: Mr. Steele, 37053, email@example.com
AIR GUARD CONTACT INFORMATION
- State Tuition Assistance – 573-638-9500 Ext. 37971
- State TA Fax – 573-638-9822