Applications must be emailed within 45 days of course start date. At the end of each semester SMs submit the following within 45 days of course end date:1. Official/unofficial transcripts with passing grades2. Final itemized bill, after all other benefits are applied and $0.00 balance3. Final STAR application reflecting any within term changes. SMs may inquire by using the app, but all applications are sent via to an MDNG education office employee at MDNGSTAR@army.mil, MDNGEDUCATION@army.mil or call us at 667-296-4132.
Federal Tuition Assistance (FTA)
Federal Tuition Assistance (FTA) is a benefit available for all uniformed service members and may be combined with the State Tuition Assistance (STA) programs. This program is governed by Army IgnitED. The Education Office can assist Soldiers in FTA account setup applications.
• MDNG and other components
• Issued a CAC Card
• May use with any GI Bill and STA
• No Flags
• Up to $250 Per Credit Hour
• Total of $4000 per fiscal year
• 130 credit cap for Bachelor’s or undergraduate coursework
• 39 semester hours for one Master’s or graduate coursework
• Capped at 16 hours per fiscal year
• Must have minimum 2.0 GPA for Bachelors, and 3.0 GPA for Masters
• Funding recouped for poor grades
• Soldiers apply 60- 8 days before classes start Tuition only
Step 1. Go to https://www.armyignited.army.mil/student (be sure to use entire address, including https), locate the "Get Started" and create your lognin.gov account (sign-in with CAC card to create account); and confirm all your contact information.
Step 2. Once the student account is established, click on "Education Goal" and select the school, degree level, and type of degree (area of study/major) you want to pursue.
Step 3. Once your education goal has been approved by your ESO/ESS and your school certifying official, enroll in the course(s) you want to take with your school (your school will electronically send your enrollment files through ArmyIgnitED). Step 4. Go back to ArmyIgnitED and click on the "Request Tuition Assistance" button to select the course(s) you want to take and click on "Submit Request". You will receive an email stating the status of your tuition assistance request (TAR).
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 ACFT or HT/WT. 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 667-296-4132.