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ARNG Education Programs and Services

Education support is available to all ARNG Soldiers.  Education support helps Soldiers meet education goals by providing guidance, advice, and planning assistance.  

Below is a summary of all ARNG Education Programs and Services. ARNG Soldiers should contact our office to learn more about the programs and services they qualify for.


Federal Tuition Assistance

  • Available to currently serving ARNG Soldiers
  • Must complete IADT, BOLC, or WOBC
  • Pays tuition costs up to $250 per semester hour, up to 16 semester hours per fiscal year
  • May be used up to a master’s degree and for an academic certificate
  • Apply through GoArmyEd: and click on “New User” to begin
  • Pays directly to the school
  • Cannot be used in conjunction with Ch 1606 MGIB-SR to cover the same courses
  • MUST be used if applying for TN STRONG Act
    • TN STRONG Act can act as a top-up to cover tuition and fees not covered by FTA


Credentialing Assistance (CA) Program

  • Must qualify for FTA; may be combined with FTA not to exceed $4,000 per fiscal year
  • Pays tuition, fees, books, and examination costs
  • Pays directly to the program



TN STRONG Act (State Tuition Assistance)

  • Reimbursement program available to TN National Guard Service Members
  • Must be currently serving (eligible upon enlistment) and not have missed a ship date
  • Pays up to 100% of state and community colleges and $396/semester hour for private colleges
  • Paid directly to the school after itemized bill and final grades are received
  • Must use in conjunction with FTA (if eligible)
  • May use as a top-up for FTA (covers tuition and fees not covered by FTA)
  • Can use in conjunction with MGIB-SR/Ch 1606, MGIB-AD/Ch30, and ROTC scholarship



GI Bill Programs

  • Multiple programs are available depending on your previous military service
    • MGIB-SR/Chapter 1606
      • $397/month for members in the Selected Reserve
      • Must sign a six-year contract, have a high school diploma or GED, and complete IADT or BOLC
  • MGIB-AD/Chapter 30
    • $2,122/month for three or more years of active duty
    • 1,722/month for two-three years of consecutive active duty
  • Post-9/11 GI Bill/ Chapter 33
    • Payments based on qualifying active duty served/percentage tier
    • Pays up to 100% tuition and fees at public schools
    • Pays up to $25,162.14 per academic year at private/foreign schools
    • Pays a housing stipend equal to BAH at E-5 rate with dependents
    • Pays a book and supply stipend up to $1,000 per academic year
  • Transfer of Education Benefits (TEB)
    • Option to transfer Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits to dependents
    • Be currently serving in the Uniformed Services, with at least six years completed
    • Qualify for the Post-9/11 GI Bill at any payment tier
    • NOT be flagged for adverse action, APFT/ABCP failure, or as Unsatisfactory Participant
    • Agree to a four-year service obligation from the date of your transfer request
  • GI Bill Kicker
    • Available to non-prior service, prior service, currently serving enlisted Soldiers, Soldiers in an officer commissioning program, and officers up to one year after commissioning
    • Basic Criteria:
      • Be eligible for the MGIB-SR/Chapter 1606 or MGIB-AD/Chapter 30
      • Complete MOS or Branch Qualification
      • Sign a six-year service obligation (Extension/Enlistment contract or Officer Service Agreement)

 TA Decide:

  •  Online comparison tool tailored to the needs of service members
  •  All schools on the site are approved for Tuition Assistance
  •  Thousands of schools included
  •  For more information visit:

Kuder Journey:

  • Includes an interest assessment, skills confidence assessment, and a work values assessment
  • Provides transition assistance
  • For more information visit:

Troops to Teachers:

  • Assists Soldiers in gaining a teaching certification
  • Provides counseling, mentoring, and referral assistance
  • May provide financial assistance up to $10,000
  • Register at:

Other Services Include:

  • MyVolEdPath Mobile App (available at the App store)
  • Distance Learning Readiness Self-Assessment (DLRSA), helps determine your level of readiness for distance learning
  • Education counseling, financial aid guidance, scholarship information, virtual fairs, assistance in locating testing centers


DANTES Programs



Army Personnel Testing (APT)

  • Free testing opportunities that may qualify Soldiers for career advancement, specialized training, foreign language pay, and proficiency bonuses
  • Exams include: AFCT, SIFT, DLAB, DLPT, DLRPT, and OPI
  • Offered at selected ARNG and Active Army testing locations
  • AFCT prep resources: Online Academic Skills Course (OASC) available at



Joint Services Transcript (JST)

  • The JST is an academically accepted document approved by the American Council on Education (ACE) to validate a service member’s military occupational experience and training along with the corresponding ACE college credit recommendations
  • The JST provides Soldiers with an opportunity to earn college credit based on their military training and experience. ARNG Soldiers can download their JST at



Education Counseling Services

Education Counseling Services are available to all ARNG Soldiers. Education counseling helps Soldiers meet education goals by providing guidance, advice, and planning assistance.


  • Step 1: Get Assessed
    • Planning your educational goals and objectives can be a daunting task. To get started, download your JST and then contact our office for further assistance.
    • ESOs help Soldiers by:
      • Providing advice and counsel on individual education and career goals;
      • Determining cost-effectiveness of Tuition Assistance and other resources;
      • Providing information on school accreditation and recommending course options and methods of study;
      • Providing guidance, information, and advocacy to maximize college credit for military training and experience
  • Step 2: Choose a Field of Study
    • Login to your GoArmyEd account ( and use VIA. VIA is a decision support tool designed to help Soldiers make informed decisions.
      • VIA recommends college degree options designed to prepare an individual for that career.
      • VIA also helps Soldiers choose a “best fit/best value” school by comparing cost, student outcomes, and alignment with student preferences.
      • After using VIA, Soldiers will submit career goal, degree, and school selection to their Army Education Counselor for approval and further discussion, if needed.
  • Step 3: Choose a School
  • Step 4: Get Financial Assistance
    • There are numerous Federal, State, and local education programs and services available to ARNG Soldiers. Programs include: GI Bill, Federal Tuition Assistance, State Tuition Assistance, Testing services, Financial Aid, Scholarships, and more. The rules governing these programs can be complicated. To ensure you are receiving everything you may be entitled to, contact these offices:
      • TN ARNG Education Office- obtain information on ARNG education benefits including GI Bill programs, FTA, State TA, and testing services.
      • School Financial Aid Office- obtain information on various programs available to students attending an educational institution.
      • Department of Veterans Affairs- obtain information about various veteran’s education benefits.
  • Step 5: Attend School
    • Submit all applications according to the required submission deadlines. Keep your ESO and School Certifying Official informed of any changes in your enrollment status. Be advised, specific grade point averages (GPA) are required for certain programs.
  • Step 6: Graduate!
    • Upon completion of your program/course, provide and official transcript to your State Education Office to ensure your personnel records are up to date. (insert state edu policy here)Paid directly to the school after itemized bill and final grades are received 


Contact your education team with any questions:

Phone: 615-313-0529/0646/0592/0625



Edu programs and services info sheet

Edu Counseling sheet

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Scholarships info sheet

Financial aid and grants info sheet

Spouse edu support info sheet

Joint Services Transcript

Registered Apprenticeship

Troops to Teachers