As a Soldier in the Massachusetts Army National Guard, you are eligible for our 100% Tuition & Fee waiver at any state school in Massachusetts. Don’t want to go to a state school? No problem! We also offer Federal Tuition Assistance (FTA).  

100% Tuition & Fee Waiver 

Click any of the links below to learn more about the programs and majors offered at NO COST to members of the Massachusetts National Guard

University of Massachusetts  

State Universities 

Community Colleges 

Federal Tuition Assistance 

FTA is financial assistance provided for voluntary off-duty education programs in support of a Soldier’s professional and personal self-development goals. (Reference: AR 621-5, Army Continuing Education System) 

What do I get? 

For eligible Soldiers, FTA funds up to $250 per semester hour for up to 16 semester hours each fiscal year—all towards tuition to advance your education. Here’s a look at the FTA lifetime limits of the program: 

  • 130 undergraduate semester hours 
  • 39 graduate semester hours 

To be eligible, your college or university must be regionally or nationally accredited—and an ArmyIgnitED participant. 

CAN be used simultaneously with Chapter 1606/MGIB-SR for the same course, when attending half-time or more. 

FTA will pay toward one credential at each of the following levels: 

  • Associate degree, bachelor’s degree and master’s degree 
  • First professional degrees are NOT eligible (e.g., doctorate degrees, juris doctorates) 

Tuition assistance is for advancing your post-secondary education, so it may not be used to achieve a lower or lateral diploma or degree.

Remember, FTA is tuition assistance, which means it is for tuition only. It does not cover fees, examinations, e-learning or other expenses that are outside of an official degree plan.