Iowa National Guard - Education Benefits
Because service in the National Guard is part-time, you can serve without putting off college. We also offer a number of benefits designed to help you pay for college. Many of our student / Soldiers are able to attend college without incurring any debt in the process. Because the National Guard has a unique mission to support both the State and Federal governments, our Soldiers qualify for both State and Federal Benefits.
We offer both State and Federal Tuition Assistance and will cover the
cost of your tuition up to 100%
The Federal Tuition Assistance (FedTA) program is a 100% tuition assistance program. FedTA pays up to $250 per semester hour, $167 per quarter hour, or $5.55 per clock hour (up to $4000 per fiscal year). This money can also be applied to fees that are directly associated with classes (i.e. lab fees). If FedTA does not cover the entire cost of your tuition, the State Tuition Assistance Program can be used to pay the difference!
Iowa National Guard Service Scholarship (INGSS) is only available to members of the Iowa National Guard. It is funded by the State of Iowa and can be combined with FedTA to cover up to 100% of the cost of your tuition. Based on annual appropriation by the Iowa state legislature, INGSS pays at least 50% of the tuition rate at State Board of Regents schools (University of Iowa, Iowa State University, University of Northern Iowa) or 50% of the tuition rate at the institution attended by the National Guard member, whichever is lower. INGSS does not cover summer courses, and can only be used between August and May.
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The Montgomery G.I. Bill is paid directly to members of the National
Guard in the form of monthly payments (in addition to Drill pay!) while
attending college classes. Soldiers may receive benefits up to the
amount of $12,816.00
Soldiers are entitled to a maximum of 36 months (four years of college) of G.I. Bill benefits as a full-time student, or they may receive a pro-rated amount for less-than-full-time study. Reveiw the table below for more details. You can also contact a recruiter for more information.
To qualify for this benefit, you must agree to serve at least six years with the National Guard. You must also achieve your High School Diploma or equivalent certification.
Soldiers are not eligible for benefits until they have completed both Basic Combat Training and Advanced Individual Training (MOS Specific Training). Soldiers have fourteen years from the time they complete all initial training requirements to use G.I. Bill benefits.
All training programs must be approved for veteran's benefits before a Soldier may draw their G.I. Bill benefits.
|Student Type||Credit Hours||Monthly Payment|
|Full Time||12+ Credit Hours||$375.00|
|3/4 Time||9-11 Credit Hours||$281.00|
|1/2 Time||6-9 Credit Hours||$187.00|
|Less than 1/2 time||3-6 Credit Hours||$93.75|
It is possible to receive more money while attending college through
the G.I. Bill Kicker Program.
The kicker program currently pays $350.00 per month in addition to the full-time G.I. Bill rate listed above.
New enlistees may be eligible during in-processing, or when attending ROTC, OCS, or WOCS to receive $350.00 through the kicker program in addition to the full-time G.I. Bill rate listed above. Check out our Officer Programs or Contact a Recruiter to find our more.
Soldiers who have already acquired student loans may qualify for our
Student Loan Repayment Program (SLRP). Currently, the SLRP can be used
to pay off up to $50,000 in existing federal student loan debt.
Not all applicants qualify for this program. It is best to Contact a Recruiter regarding eligibility.
We administer the AFCT (ASVAB retake) and SIFT test for current service members. We can asist service members with finding and scheduling ACT, SAT, CLEP, DSST Exam, PRAXIS, LSAT, and GRE/GMAT through DANTES Testing, but do not administer at this time.
Certain tests and exams are reimbursed by DANTES. Contact the National Guard Education Office or your recruiter for more information.
During your time as a Soldier, you will attend many training courses starting with Basic Combat Training. Some courses are designed to help you gain proficiency in your chosen military occupation, while others are designed to help you develop the skills you need to lead Soldiers. learn more...
Almost every course you attend throughout your career in the military is worth college credits. The number of credits depends largely on your field of study, your educational institution, and the length and nature of the course. Obviously, some military courses are worth more credits than others.
The National Guard Education Office can help your college or institution determine the number of college credits that should be awarded by offering your complete military transcript at your request.