Tuition Assistance Programs

State Tuition Waiver (STW)

State Tuition Waiver (STW) letters will now be issued centrally via the MDARNG app and email. To apply on the app, go to the home page>more>Apply for STW and STAR. The mobile app is only available to Army personnel at this time. Education Office personnel will check that you are not flagged, good on fitness test/HT-WT, regularly drilling, and then issue you an electronically-signed STW letter for use at one or our Partner Institutions. Email Army Guard applications to ng.md.mdarng.list.education-services@mail.mil . Email Air Guard applications to usaf.md.175-wg.mbx.tuition-assistance@mail.mil . Ensure all correspondence includes rank, full name, unit, phone number, school name and semester. Applications must be made at least 10 days prior to the start of class. Commanders will no longer need to sign STW letters.

Federal Tuition Assistance (FTA)

Federal Tuition Assistance (FTA) is a benefit available for Soldiers in the ARNG that may be combined with the State Tuition Assistance (STA) programs. This program is governed by GoArmyEd (www.goarmyed.com). The Education Office can assist Soldiers in setting up their account and applying to Tuition Assistance.

Federal Tuition Assistance Policy after 5 August 2018
On 5 Aug 2018, the Army’s Tuition Assistance (TA) program changed. The new policy will allow Soldiers to use TA after successful completion/graduating from AIT, OCS or BOLC. Soldiers are eligible for up to 16 semester hours per year. The GAE/FTA program is broken down into two tiers.

Tier 1: Soldiers who have a) not attained a bachelor’s degree and wish to pursue an undergraduate certificate/diploma, or associate or bachelor’s degree; or b) have previously attained a bachelor’s degree without the use of TA and wish to pursue an undergraduate or graduate certificate/diploma or master’s degree. Soldiers establish Tier 1 TA eligibility as follows:

(1) Enlisted Soldiers who have graduated Advanced Individual Training.

(2) Warrant officers who have graduated Warrant Officer Basic Course.

(3) Officers who have graduated Basic Officer Leaders Course.

Tier 2: Soldiers who previously used TA for any portion of their undergraduate degree, have attained a bachelor’s degree, and wish to pursue an undergraduate or graduate certificate/diploma or master’s degree. If TA was used for any portion of the undergraduate degree, Soldiers establish Tier 2 TA eligibility for pursuit of a master’s degree as follows:

(1) Enlisted Soldiers who have graduated Advanced Leaders Course.

(2) Warrant officers who have graduated Warrant Officer Advanced Course.

(3) Officers who have graduated Captain Career Course or equivalent.

Soldiers will continue to receive up to $250 per semester hour and the current policy limits of 130 semester hours for completion of a bachelor’s degree and up to 39 semester hours for a master's degree remain in effect. Soldiers cannot use TA for a second equivalent degree, i.e., no second bachelor’s or master's degree. All courses must be part of an approved degree plan. TA cannot be used for first- professional degrees, e.g., PhD, MD or JD. In addition to DA adverse action flags, we will continue our policy to not allow TA for Soldiers who are flagged for APFT/AWCP. However, no further TA-funded enrollments will be authorized until they meet the new eligibility requirements. For more up to the minute information contact your Maryland Army National Guard Education Service Center at 410-576-1499. If you have any question contact Mr. Fisher, Education Services Specialist at 410-576-6025.

Click here for a comprehensive FTA Program Application Checklist and Resource Links.

State Tuition Assistance Reimbursement (STAR)

State Tuition Assistance Reimbursement (STAR) reimburses MDNG Service Members (SM) up to 100% of tuition and related fees. To apply on the app, go to the home page>more>Apply for STW and STAR. The mobile app is only available to Army personnel at this time. Education Office personnel will check that you are not flagged, good on fitness test/HT-WT, regularly drilling, and then instruct you on how to proceed. Email Army Guard applications to ng.md.mdarng.list.education-services@mail.mil. Email Air Guard applications to usaf.md.175-wg.mbx.tuition-assistance@mail.mil. STW is applied before STAR. Enlisted members must also use Federal Tuition Assistance (FTA) (if they are eligible). Application must be made at least 10 days prior to course start date. At the end of each semester, Service Member submits several required documents – transcript showing C or better, final bill after all other benefits are applied (print to PDF after last day of course), and typed/signed STAR application form. Use of STAR funds will incur a two or four year service commitment to the State of Maryland, depending upon degree program. Scan this QR with your apple device:​​​