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Minnesota National Guard
Minnesota State Education Benefits

Soldiers and Airmen in the Minnesota National Guard may be eligible for state education benefits.

Education Benefits 101 as of 20171006.doc

Education Best Practices Guide.pdf

Education and Incentives Newsletter 1st Qtr 2018.pdf

Unit Education Briefing with Narration JUL 17.pptx

Minnesota State Circular Addendum dated 20170701.pdf

Minnesota State Education Benefits

Minnesota State Financial Incentives
Minnesota State Tuition Reimbursement (STR)

  • You must be a member of the MN National Guard.
  • You are eligible for STR for classes that you attend AT AN ACCREDITED COLLEGE after completion of basic training.
  • State policy requires Minnesota National Guard enlisted Soldiers to apply for Federal Tuition Assistance (FTA) in GoArmyEd.com BEFORE they are eligible to apply for State Tuition Reimbursement (STR). Officers are exempt due to the service obligation they incur with use of FTA.
  • 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.
  • 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 Undergraduate reimbursement rate is up to 100% of the undergraduate rate of the University of Minnesota -- Twin Cities Campus with a maximum yearly benefit of $17,000 per fiscal year (01 JUL through 30 JUN).

The Graduate reimbursement rate is up to 100% of the graduate rate of the University of Minnesota -- Twin Cities Campus with a maximum yearly benefit of $36,000 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 Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).pdf

STR Payment Request Form.pdf

Extended STR Obligation Request Form.pdf

Extended STR Payment Request Form.pdf

Survivor Obligation Request Form.pdf

Survivor Payment Request Form.pdf

State Enlistment Bonus Addendum.pdf

State Enlistment Bonus Eligibility.pdf

State Re-enlistment Bonus.pdf

State Reclassification Bonus.pdf

State Reclassification Bonus Eligibility.pdf

Medic Re-Cert Bonus.pdf

Medical Professional STR.pdf

To apply for the Extended State Tuition Reimbursement, contact our office at ng.mn.mnarng.mbx.assets-education@mail.mil; and we will assist you.

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:
      • STR Payment Request form (Annex A-2)
      • 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).

Direct deposit and IRS Form W9.pdf

Questions?   E-mail ng.mn.mnarng.mbx.assets-education@mail.mil
Minnesota GI Bill
The Minnesota GI Bill program provides assistance to eligible Minnesota Veterans, currently serving military, National Guard and Reserve members who served after September 11, 2001 and eligible spouse and children. The Program provides a maximum benefit of $10,000, up to age 62. Eligible participants can use the benefit in Higher Education, On-the-job training (OJT)/Apprenticeship or License and Certification.

This program is different than the Federal GI Bill (Montgomery, Post 9-11, Veterans Education Assistance Program, Dependents Education Assistance Program, or Vocational rehabilitation).

Please go to www.mymilitaryeducation.org and select MN GI Bill, listed under Hot Topics for eligibility requirements, required application forms and associated links for each area under the MN GI Bill.

Minnesota State Commissioning Bonus

Minnesota National Guard Soldiers and Airmen who become commissioned officers may be eligible for a State Commissioning Bonus of up to $1,000 upon initial commissioning/ appointment for Soldiers in the Minnesota Army National Guard. Members of the Air National Guard who commission through the Commissioned Officer Training School (COTS), Medical Officer Training School (MOTS), or the Reserve Commissioned Officer School (RCOTS) will receive a $3000 bonus.

Soldiers and Airmen receiving a commission or appointment as a warrent officer are eligible for the commissioning bonus. Soldiers and Airmen who have previously held a commission or have been appointed as a warrant officer in any branch of service are ineligible for this bonus. Soldiers and Airmen who started their commissioning/appointment course prior to 1 July 2005 will receive the bonus in accordance with the circular for that fiscal year. Fulltime members of the Minnesota National Guard are eligible for the State Commissioning Bonus.

Questions?   E-mail ng.mn.mnarng.mbx.assets-education@mail.mil

Minnesota State Reenlistment Bonus

Minnesota National Guard Soldiers and Airmen may be eligible for a State Reenlistment Bonus.
Soldiers and Airmen who have completed their initial six (6) year service obligation and who have not more than twelve (12) total years of military service credible towards retirement are eligible for this bonus.
  • Meet Minnesota National Guard reenlistment eligibility criteria.
  • Be qualified in and hold as primary the MOS/AFSC to which they are assigned and hold the rank and grade of, or am no more than one grade below, the required grade of the position.
  • Must have been a satisfactory participant during the 3 months prior to the date of their reenlistment.
  • Enlist for three or six years.
  • Fulltime members of the Minnesota National Guard (AGR and Technicians) are eligible for the State Reenlistment Bonus.
Soldiers are eligible to receive a State and Federal Bonus.
Contact your fulltime Admin personnel for additional information. Questions?   E-mail ng.mn.mnarng.mbx.assets-education@mail.mil

For additional information on National Guard programs, https://education.ng.mil

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