Soldiers and Airmen in the Minnesota National Guard may be eligible for state education benefits.
|Minnesota State Tuition Reimbursement (STR)
- You must be a member of the MN National Guard.
- You become eligible upon the day you enlist.
- Payments cannot be distributed until completion of Basic Training.
- You must remain in the Minnesota National Guard during the entire term of courses.
- E1 to O5, including Warrant Officers are eligible for State Tuition Reimbursement. The lifetime maximum State Tuition Reimbursement benefit is 208 quarter or 144 Semester credits.
- Army National Guard Enlisted Soldiers must apply for Federal Tuition Assistance (FTA) in order to be eligible to apply for State Tuition Reimbursement. Apply for FTA at https://www.goarmyed.com
- State Tuition Reimbursement has been extended to service members who have satisfactorily completed their service contract in the Minnesota National Guard who served honorably in federal active service or federally funded state active service since September 11, 2001.
- Eligibility is extended for a period of two years, plus the amount of time equal to the duration of that person's active service.
- State Tuition Reimbursement has been extended to service members who have been separated or discharged from that organization due to a service-connected injury, disease, or disability.
- Eligibility period is extended for eight years beyond the date of separation.
The reimbursement rate is 100% of the undergraduate rate of the University of Minnesota -- Twin Cities Campus (http://onestop.umn.edu/finances/costs_and_tuition/tuition_and_fees/index.html); with a maximum yearly benefit of $12,000 per fiscal year (01 JUL through 30 JUN).
Reimbursement Application Procedures
To apply for State Tuition Reimbursement you MUST contact your unit full-time representative to obligate funds as soon as you know you will be going to school. Information needed will be the name of the school, approximate start date and number of credits to be taken.
State Incentives Circular.pdf
STR MOU Obligation & Payment Request Form.pdf
To apply for the Extended State Tuition Reimbursement, contact our office at firstname.lastname@example.org; and we will assist you. Here is an informational packet you can also download STR Extended MOU, Obligation & Payment request forms.
How do I get reimbursed?
You must complete and Annual Obligation Request form and submit it to your unit NO LATER THAN 45 DAYS after your course/term start date. Failure to obligate NO LATER THAN 45 DAYS after the course/tem start date will result in non-payment.
Service members must submit the following forms and supporting documents to the unit NO LATER THAN 90 Days from the last official day of the course/term:
Direct Deposit Form.pdf
- STR Payment Request form (Annex A-3)
- Grade Report
- Final Fee Statement which clearly shows
1) the amount of tuition charged;
2) be dated after course completion; and
3) be provided by the institution.
- Final Fee Statement must show amount of other Federal Benefits which pay tuition costs directly to the institution (i.e. CH 33/Post 9-11 GI Bill; Federal Tuition Assistance; ROTC Scholarship).
IRS Form W-9.pdf
Questions? E-mail email@example.com
Minnesota GI Bill
The Minnesota GI Bill program was established in 2007 to provide postsecondary financial assistance to eligible Minnesota veterans who served on or after September 11, 2001. Full-time undergraduate or graduate students may be eligible to receive up to $1,000 per semester or term and part-time students may be eligible to receive up to $500 per semester or term.
You must be a Minnesota resident enrolled at Minnesota institutions who is a:
- Veteran who is serving or has served honorably in any branch of the United States armed forces at any time on or after September 11, 2001, or;
- Non-veteran who has served honorably for a total of five years or more cumulatively as a member of the Minnesota National Guard or any other active or reserve component of the United States armed forces, and any part of that service occurred on or after September 11, 2001, or;
- Surviving spouse or children of a person who has served in the military at any time on or after September 11, 2001, and who has died or has a total and permanent disability as a direct result of that military service.
- Student must be a Minnesota resident;
- Service member had to have been a Minnesota resident within six months of the time the person's initial enlistment or any reenlistment in the United States Armed Forces.
The Minnesota GI Bill program is awarded after existing or expected federal military benefits or other need-based grant programs offer by the state or federal government.
The Minnesota GI Bill program benefits are available for undergraduate and graduate studies that lead to a certificate, diploma, or degree.
The total educational assistance for any eligible person who is a full-time student must not exceed the following:
- $1,000 per semester or term of enrollment;
- $2,000 per state fiscal year; and
- $10,000 in a life-time.
The total educational assistance for an eligible part-time student must not exceed $500 per semester or term of enrollment.
A part-time undergraduate student is a student taking fewer than 12 credits for a semester or term. A part-time graduate student is a student considered part-time by the eligible institution the graduate student is attending.
Educational benefits will apply to coursework taken on or after July 1, 2007.
For Questions or Additional Information:
Minnesota Office of Higher Education
1450 Energy Park Drive, Suite 350
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55108
A one-page online application for the Minnesota GI Bill is available at www.ohe.state.mn.us/military.
Undergraduate students wishing to use the Minnesota GI Bill, must first apply for state and federal aid using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid at www.fafsa.ed.gov or by contacting the financial aid office at their school.
View this information and more on the MN Office of Higher Education.