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GoArmyEd - Federal Tuition Assistance
 
TA REQUESTS MUST BE APPROVED BY AN EDUCATION COUNSELOR PRIOR to THE CLASS START DATE. 
 
In order to allow an education counselor adequate time to process and approve the TA request BEFORE the COURSE START DATE
 
Soldiers must input their TA requests AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, but not later than 14 days BEFORE the course start date.  For example, if class begins on 18 August, the TA request must be submitted no later than 4 August.  Keep in mind, Soldiers must already have an approved course planner if a course planner is required before they can request tuition assistance.
 
Do I qualify for Federal Tuition Assistance (FTA)?

  • IF YOU HAVE SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED ONE YEAR OF SERVICE AFTER GRADUATION FROM AIT, WOBC, OR BOLC.
     
  • IF YOU HAVE COMPLETED 10 YEARS OF SERVICE if you are applying for tuition assistance for a master’s program.  This ONLY applies if TA was used previously to pay for any portion of undergraduate course work.
     
  • If you are serving in a SATISFACTORY status and have NO FLAGGING ACTIONS in the Army National Guard and don’t have an Expiration Term of Service (ETS) or Mandatory Removal Date (MRD) prior to the completion of course(s).
  • Soldiers assigned to the ING/IRR are not eligible.
     
  • If you are a CW2 or 1LT or above you will be subject to a 4 year Reserve Duty Service Obligation (RDSO) or a 2 year Active Duty Service Obligation (ADSO).
     
  • If you are not a recipient of an ROTC scholarship.
     
  • If you have NOT already earned a master’s degree or higher.  Exceptions are initial state teacher certification and chaplain certification (Chaplain Candidates are not eligible).

 
What will FTA pay for?

  • Up to $250.00 per semester hour, not to exceed 16 SEMESTER HOURS PER FISCAL YEAR (1 October – 30 September).
     
  • FTA may pay towards the cost of tuition if the college/university is regionally or nationally accredited AND is an active GoArmyEd participant.
     
  • Funded courses must be listed on your documented degree plan from the school.
     
  • FTA may pay towards ONE of each level of credential with the limitations of up to 130 undergraduate hours and 39 graduate hours taken in progressive order. FTA cannot be used for courses leading to a lower, lateral, or duplicate postsecondary credential or degree that has been documented in your education record, regardless of funding source.
     
  • Undergraduate students must maintain a 2.0 or above GPA on a four-point scale for TA-approved courses.  Students that receive a grade of "D" or "F" for a course will be recouped for the amount of tuition assistance received for the course.
     
  • Graduate students must maintain a 3.0 or above GPA on a four-point scale for TA-approved courses.  Students that receive a grade of "C", "D", or "F" for a course will be recouped for the amount of tuition assistance received for the course. 

 
What will FTA not pay for?

  • FTA will NOT pay towards:
    • Courses leading to a lower, lateral, or duplicate postsecondary credential or degree that has been documented in your education record, regardless of funding source.
       
    • First Professional degrees are NOT eligible. This includes, but is not limited to, Doctor of:  Chiropractic, Dental Science, Dental Medicine, Juris Prudence (also known as Juris Doctor), Medicine, Optometry, Osteopathic Medicine /Osteopathy, Pharmacy, Podiatric Medicine/Podiatry, and Veterinary Medicine.
       
    • Any program that bundles costs (the charges for the program must be charged by the course and NOT as a lump sum for the program).
       
    • Continuing Education Units.
       
    • Any Fees (Tuition assistance pays toward the costs of tuition only)                     

  
What do I do to get started?

  • How to apply:
     

START NOW!  A little work on your part WILL pay big dividends.  You MUST begin the process early. You can apply for tuition assistance as soon as possible (up to 60 days out), but no later than (14) days BEFORE the course start date.  For example, if class begins on 18 August, the TA request must be submitted no later than 4 August.  Keep in mind, Soldiers must already have an approved course planner if a course planner is required before they can request tuition assistance.

  • This is to allow education counselors time to process and approve your application prior to the course start date.  Applications are processed on a first-come, first-serve basis.  There are no guarantees tuition assistance will be approved prior to the course start date.  INPUT YOUR TA REQUESTS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE!  For courses not approved prior to the course start date, there are no exceptions.

Requesting tuition assistance, uploading documents to the eFile, and the input of course data are an individual’s responsibility.

  • Let’s Begin.  If you don’t already have a GoArmyEd account: 
     
  • Establish a GoArmyEd Tuition Assistance Account.
    • Go to www.GoArmyEd.com . SCROLL DOWN, on the right side of screen check “Student”, click Create/Activate Account. Enter SSN and Date of Birth, click submit.  Complete the required training for a base role GoArmyEd account, which results in the creation of your GoArmyEd user name and password. Don’t lose your password!  Also, ensure you input your preferred email address with good contact numbers.  This is extremely important!  The email address used should be an email address you check regularly.  It does not have to be an AKO email.  Recommend a personal email such as gmail, hotmail, bellsouth, etc.

AFTER YOUR ACCOUNT IS ACTIVATED

  • You will receive an email advising your account has been activated.

NOTE:  The following instructions apply if you are attending a Non-LOI school.  The term Non-LOI school refers to accredited, postsecondary education schools that have not signed a Letter of Instruction (LOI) with the Army to integrate their schedule of classes, tuition costs, and course registration processes within the GoArmyEd program.  The vast majority of public and private universities within the State of Mississippi are Non-LOI.  Contact an education counselor if you are unsure if your school is Non-LOI.   

  • To expedite your Tuition Assistance process, start by scanning and saving the following three (3) documents as separate PDF files to your computer desktop.  You’ll need these files later when you input your course information and upload documents in GoArmyEd to your eFile.
    1. DOCUMENTED DEGREE PLAN/STUDENT AGREEMENT.  A documented degree plan must include four (4) items
       
      Soldier’s nam
       
      Listing of all of the requirements for degree completio
       
      Evaluation of transcripts, to include military training and college credits previously earne

        - Note:  Your military training is evaluated on your Joint Services Transcript (JST).  To get a copy of your JST, go to: https://jst.doded.mil AND submit the transcript to your school’s registrar for evaluation.
       
      Endorsement by the school (hand-written or digital signature of a school official) OR degree plan generated directly from the school’s online automated degree audit system. 
       
    2. COURSE TUITION COSTS.  The detailed bill consists of official school documentation with student’s name, such as an itemized receipt, a current invoice, or a statement of tuition and fees specific to your enrollment. When uploading the DETAILED BILL, tuition and fees MUST be listed separately with courses identified showing a breakdown of cost-per-semester/quarter/clock-hour and fees.  The bill must specify Tuition = X amount of dollars.   A page out of the school catalog will not suffice. 
       
    3. CLASS SCHEDULE with student’s name showing all courses with the START and END dates, course department and numbers, course names, course hours and days/times for each class.

UPLOADING DOCUMENTS TO EFILE

First, upload THREE (3) documents to your eFile:

STEP 1:  Login to www.GoArmyEd.com 
 
STEP 2:
  Select “My Education Record” Smart Link
 
STEP 3:  Select the “eFile” tab and scroll down
 
STEP 4:  Under Upload eFile
.  Complete the required fields (Title and Description).  Ensure you select the correct transaction type for EACH file you upload.  Only one file can be uploaded at a time.
 
STEP 5:
  Select “Browse” to find the following PDF file you have previously scanned and saved to your computer desktop.

  • DEGREE PLAN
     
  • Transaction Type -  Course Planner Student Agreement/Documented Degree Plan

              STEP 6:  Select Upload File.

 Repeat steps 4-6 for School Tuition/Fee Cost and Class Schedule.

      • COURSE TUITION & FEE COSTS
        Transaction Type - Cost Verification and Course Schedule
         
      • CLASS SCHEDULE
        Transaction Type - Cost Verification and Course Schedule

Once EACH document with the CORRECT transaction type has been uploaded to your eFile, you are ready to apply for tuition assistance!
 
NOTE:  If you already have an approved degree plan, you don’t have to upload another degree plan unless your degree plan changes.
 
HOW TO REQUEST Tuition Assistance (TA)

STEP 1. Login to www.GoArmyEd.Com with your Username and Password
 
STEP 2.  To determine if a course planner is required, click on the Request TA Tab, if it takes you to the Course Planner page, a Course Planner is required.  If not, proceed to Step 4 below.
 
STEP 3. Complete the Course Planner.  Select the “How to use Course Planner” link under Training Resources on your screen for assistance using the Course Planner. 

Basic Steps:

  1. Get an official Student Agreement / Documented Degree Plan from your school.
     
  2. Select the Course Planner Smart Link on your GoArmyEd homepage.
     
  3. The first step on your Course Planner is to upload your degree plan unless you have already uploaded one to your eFile.
     
  4. Next enter the number of REMAINING units you need to graduate (this should be provided by your school on the degree plan).  ENSURE you input ALL the course hours you have remaining. 
     
  5. Click the “Select School” button to select the school from which you plan to take a course.
     
  6. If the course you wish to take has been uploaded to GoArmyEd by your school, you will be prompted to search for the course to add it to your Course Planner. If the school has not uploaded the course you need, manually enter the required course information.  Ensure the course you input is listed on your degree plan.
     
  7. To enter the information for the other courses listed on your degree plan, you REPEAT the process by clicking “Select School” and again entering the course information.  After entering all your remaining courses, click and place a checkmark by each course.  Now, click SUBMIT.  The status will change from “NEW” to “PENDING”. 
     
  8. Once the status is showing “PENDING”, it is sent to an education counselor for approval.

STEP 4. YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO REQUEST TUITION ASSISTANCE UNTIL YOU HAVE AN APPROVED COURSE PLANNER.  Once your course planner is approved or one is not required, select the “Request TA” button from your GoArmyEd home page.  

Note:  When you select the “Request TA” smart link and you don’t have an approved Course Planner, the Course Planner page will appear and you’ll have to complete a Course Planner as noted above in STEP 3.  

NOTE:  When applying for Tuition Assistance (TA), Soldiers who are full-time students at a flat-rate school should ONLY input the MINIMUM number of hours their school requires to qualify as a FULL-TIME student.  This is normally 12 hours.  A flat-rate school charges the same tuition for a range of hours which is usually 12-18 hours.   Part time students MUST input ALL of their classes. 
 
For example, a school charges $3,372 for students that take 12-18 hours.  A student’s schedule reflects 15 hours for the Spring semester beginning in January.  In this case, the Soldier would only need to request tuition assistance for 12 hours. To determine the unit cost, the Soldier divides $3,372 by 12 which would equal $281 per semester hour.  Once approved, GoArmyEd would pay up to $250 per semester hour, which would be $3,000.  By doing this, the Soldier could request tuition assistance for the remaining four (4) semester hours for the Fall semester beginning in August since tuition assistance will ONLY pay for up to 16 semester hours per fiscal year (1 October – 30 September).  

STEP 1. Login to www.GoArmyEd.Com with your Username and Password
 
STEP 2. Select “Request TA”.
 
STEP 3. Confirm school is pre-populated, enter the class subject, Catalog and the Class start date and select NEXT.  Do not input a class unless it is on your degree plan, schedule, and invoice.
 
STEP 4. Once the TA Request Displays, Complete each required field in the Class Information and Class Cost Sections. Search eFile and attach your Course Schedule AND Course and Fee Costs here.

  • Class Schedule – Transaction Type – Costs and/or Course Enrollment Verification showing all courses with student’s name with the course start and end dates, course department and numbers, course names, course hours and days/times for each class.
     
  • Course and Fee Cost – Transaction Type – Costs and/or Course Enrollment Verification consisting of official school documentation with student’s name such as an itemized receipt, a current invoice, or a statement of tuition and fees specific to your enrollment. Tuition and fees must be listed separately with courses identified showing a breakdown of cost-per-semester/quarter/clock-hour and fees.  Fees listed on invoice must be itemized and specific to each course (i.e. Lab Fee for BIO 1101). 
     
  • Unit Type will be Semester, Quarter, or Clock.  Unit will be the number of hours for the course, i.e. 3.00.  Unit Cost will be the cost per hour, NOT per course.  Select “Calculate Cost” to populate the invoice section so you can see the final Army and Soldier’s costs.

STEP 5. Verify all the information you provided in the TA Request matches the information you’ve uploaded into your eFile. 
 
STEP 6. Review your TA Request for accuracy and then select “Submit”. 
 
STEP 7. Confirm your email address information and your contact information.
 
STEP 8.
Click “Account Information Verified” button. <Click Ok>
 
STEP 9. If you need to request TA for another class Click YES. If not, exit the screen.
 
STEP 10. When the TA Request is approved by the Army, you will receive a confirmation email.

After Receiving TA Request Approval
SUBMIT TA APPROVAL FORM TO YOUR SCHOOL’S BUSINESS OFFICE!

STEP 1.  To print this form, select the "Other Links" Smart Link from your home page, then select the plus icon next to "After You Enroll in a Class" and select the "View All TA Requests" link. 
 
STEP 2.  Select "Search" and then select one course from the desired term and a new screen will open.  Place a check in the "Print Select" checkbox for the courses you want to print on your TA Form.
 
STEP 3.  Select the "Print TA Form" button and a report will run. A link will be displayed when the report is done.  Select the link to view the report, “Click here to view report”.
 
STEP 4.  Print or save the PDF form to your computer.
 
STEP 5.  Submit the approval form to your school’s business office!

Ensure the data on the TA Approval Form is correct.  If you identity an error, it is your responsibility to notify the education office to see if a correction can be made.

For additional information and to establish your GoArmyEd account, go to:
www.GoArmyEd.com

Toll-Free Help Desk: 1-800-817-9990
MSARNG Education Office:
601-313-6442, 601-313-6183

 SEAP

SEAP Overview

The Mississippi State Educational Assistance Program (SEAP) pays toward tuition to state and regionally accredited institutions for Soldiers who are not authorized Federal Tuition Assistance. The amount per semester is determined by the SEAP Board before each state fiscal year based upon funds allotted by the state legislature. SEAP is currently limited to soldiers in the MSNG who are not eligible for Federal Tuition Assistance. SEAP currently funds up to $4,500.00 per year (1Jul - 30Jun) at $250.00 per hour based on the availability of funding.

SEAP Eligibility Requirements

  • Member of the MSNG in good standing and enlisted through the end of each semester
     
  • Completed Basic Training
     
  • Registered voter in the State of Mississippi
     
  • Enrolled in a state or regionally accredited college or university within the state of Mississippi
     
  • Maintain a 2.0 SEMESTER GPA
     
  • Be used solely for an undergraduate degree
     
  • Not currently receiving Federal Tuition Assistance (FTA)
     
  • 10 Year window from the first time payment is made until expiration of SEAP eligibility

HOW TO APPLY

  • COMPLETELY fill out an AGO Form 5.
     
  • First time users must provide a copy of their Voter's Registration Card.
     
  • Previous users must provide a copy of their last semester grades. This must be a copy of an original transcript or grade report, grades from the college or university's website are also allowed.
     
  • Mail to MS Military Department, Attn: JFH-MS-J1-ED, P.O. Box 5027, Jackson, MS 39296-5027.

MS SCHOOLS SUPPORTED BY SEAP

  • Alcorn State University
  • Belhaven College (Including Aspire Program)
  • Blue Mountain
  • Coahoma Community College
  • Copiah-Lincoln Community College
  • Delta State University
  • East Central Community College
  • East Mississippi Community College
  • Hinds Community College
  • Holmes Community College
  • Itawamba Community College
  • Jackson State University
  • Jones County Junior College
  • Magnolia Bible College
  • Meridian Community College
  • Millsaps Community College
  • Mississippi College
  • Mississippi State University
  • Mississippi University for Women
  • Mississippi Valley State University
  • Mississippi Delta Community College
  • Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College
  • Northeast Mississippi Community College
  • Northwest Mississippi Community College
  • Pearl River Community College
  • Rust College
  • Southeastern Bible College
  • Southwest Mississippi Community College
  • Tougaloo College
  • University of Mississippi
  • University of Mississippi Medical Center
  • University of Southern Mississippi
  • Wesley College
  • Wesley Biblical Seminary
  • William Carey College

AGO FORM 5

DEADLINES

  • Service Members must have an application and required documentation turned in two weeks prior to the semester start date.

POINT OF CONTACT:
Office Phone Number: 601.313.6248
DSN: 293.6248
Fax Number: 601.313.6151
Fax DSN: 293.6151

 Grade Submissions

Please submit grades NLT 30 days after course completion

  • Standard U.S. Mail:
    • Mississippi Military Department
    • ATTN: Education Services & Incentives Office
    • 1410 Riverside Drive
      Jackson, Mississippi 39202
       
  • Fax: 601.313.6151
  • Email: msedu@ng.army.mil

Be sure document is legible & includes:

  • Full Legal Name
     
  • Last 4 of SSN
     
  • Phone Number

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