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Do I qualify for Federal Tuition Assistance (FTA)?

  • If you are currently serving in a SATISFACTORY status and have NO FLAGGING ACTIONS in the Army National Guard and do not have an Expiration Term of Service (ETS) or Mandatory Removal Date (MRD) prior to the completion of course(s).
  • 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 SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED 10 YEARS OF SERVICE if you are applying for TA for a master’s program. 

This only applies if TA was used to pay for any portion of your undergraduate course work.

What will FTA pay for?

  • Up to 16 SEMESTER HOURS PER FISCAL YEAR (1 October – 30 September)
  • Up to $250.00 per semester hour
  • FTA may pay towards the cost of tuition and some fees IF:
    • The College/University is Regionally or Nationally accredited AND is an active GoArmyEd participant.
    • The fee is required for enrollment in a SPECIFIC course, is charged to all students, and is 100% refundable if you were to drop the class.
    • Funded courses must be part of 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 level certificate/certification (must maintain a 2.00 GPA)
    • Associate Degree (must maintain a 2.00 GPA)
    • Bachelor Degree (must maintain a 2.00 GPA)
    • Master Degree (must maintain a 3.00 GPA)
    • Graduate level certificate/certification (must maintain a 3.00 GPA)
      • Must NOT have already earned a Master’s Degree to be eligible with the exceptions of initial state teacher certification or Chaplain Certification.
      • Chaplain Candidates are ineligible.

Contact your GoArmyEd representative for further guidance.

What will FTA not pay for?

  • FTA will NOT pay towards:
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Fees such as parking, graduation, health center, and enrollment.
    • Room and board, meal cards.
    • Soldiers receiving an ROTC scholarship are not eligible.
    • Soldiers assigned to the ING/IRR are not eligible.

What must 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 up to 60 days PRIOR to the class START DATE but no later than seven (7) days after the course start date.  However, your first step is to establish a GoArmyEd account and it can take a few weeks to process once you upload the appropriate documents.
    • Failure to apply before the suspense date will result in a denial of benefits. The GoArmyEd program is very specific and you do not want to miss out on a benefit because you failed to meet a suspense date.

For additional information and to establish your GoArmyEd account, go to:
Toll-Free Help Desk: 1-800-817-9990
MSARNG Education Office: 601-313-6442, 601-313-6183


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


  • 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.


  • 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



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

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:

Be sure document is legible & includes:

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

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