June 15, 2011
State Tuition Assistance Program grant increased for FY 2012
Courtesy of Virginia Guard Education & Incentives Branch
FORT PICKETT, Va. — The Virginia National Guard State Tuition Assistance Program can be used by Soldiers and Airmen who are eligible in accordance with VaANGR 213-1/VaARNGR 621-1. A copy of the regulation can be found HERE.
The STAP may be used by enlisted, warrant officers, and officers. It must be used at an accredited institution whose main campus is located in Virginia, or the corporate headquarters for the institution is located in Virginia.
The program may be used to obtain one degree at each level (associates, bachelors, and masters or first professional). The STAP may be combined with the Federal Tuition Assistance Program, and GI Bill benefits in most cases.
Grant levels have been set, as approved by the Adjutant General, at $2,500 per semester for tuition and fees, for state fiscal year 2012 (July 1-June 30). Bookstore grants have also been approved for up to $350 per service member, per semester. STAP grant levels are subject to change at any time dependent on funding, and at the discretion of the Adjutant General.
Use of the STAP requires a two-year commitment to the Virginia National Guard after the last term used. For example, if a Soldier uses the STAP and their semester ends in May 2012, the Soldier is obligated to remain with the Virginia National Guard until May 2014, or pay back a pro-rated portion of the tuition assistance used.
Soldiers and Airmen are also credited up to 12 months towards their two-year obligation, on a month-for-month basis, for time deployed.
Applications are submitted online at http://vko.va.ngb.army.mil/VirginiaGuard/education.
Deadline dates are as follows:
- Fall Semester (16 Aug-31 Dec) FY 2012- application deadline 1 July 2011 (extended until 15 July 2011)
- Spring Semester (1 Jan-15 May) FY 2012- application deadline 1 November 2011
- Summer Semester (16 May-15 August) FY 2012- application deadline 1 April 2012
Further information can be obtained by contacting unit administrative or readiness NCOs, unit education services officers/NCOs, or the Virginia National Guard Education office at 434-298-6222, or email@example.com.