National Guard Tuition Program
15 Free Credits Per Semester Program)
a list of Eligible State Schools
Law provides tuition free enrollment in public institutions
of higher education for certain members of the New
Jersey National Guard and certain surviving spouses
and children of New Jersey National Guard members.
The tuition program provides soldiers and airmen
the opportunity for professional development by
defraying a major portion of tuition costs while
serving in the New Jersey National Guard.
New Jersey National Guard Tuition Program (NJNGTP)
Statement of Understanding (NJDMAVA Form 6212-R)
explains the program and ensures that your knowledge
of these conditions is a matter of record.
This form is to be completed only once as the soldier
begins the program.
NJNGTP Commander's Certificate of Eligibility (NJDMAVA
Form 621-2-R) certifies your compliance with this
program, is obtained from your unit's authorized
representative, and is to be given to the Veterans
Representative or the Financial Aid Office at your
school, whichever applies.
NJDMAVA Form 621-2-R must be submitted each
semester in which the service member requests
enrollment in the NJNGTP. This form expires
60 days from the date of signature.
this program the service member is required to file
a Federal Financial Aid form annually.
Failure to do so will result in ineligibility.
is recommended that you maintain a personal education
file and retain copies of these forms in it.
member of the New Jersey National Guard shall be permitted
to attend regularly scheduled courses at any one of
thirty one public institutions of higher education
in this state and receive up to 15 credits per semester
tuition free provided:
member has completed Initial Active Duty Training
member is in good standing as an active drilling
member of the New Jersey National Guard.
member has been accepted to pursue a course of
undergraduate study and is enrolled as an undergraduate
student in good standing at that institution or
a course of graduate study and is enrolled as
a graduate student in good standing at that institution.
year the member must apply, through the Financial
Aid Office at the institution, for all available
state and federal student grants and scholarships
for which the member may be eligible to receive.
[This may be accomplished by completing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).]
child or surviving spouse of a deceased member of
the NJ National Guard who completed Initial Active
Duty Training and was killed in the performance of
his or her duties while a member of the New Jersey
National Guard, shall be permitted to attend regularly
scheduled courses when 1-4 above apply; and:
school has classroom space available.
paying students constitute the minimum number
required for the course.
qualifying criteria is met, the service member, or eligible
child or surviving spouse, will be permitted to attend
regularly scheduled courses at any New Jersey public
institution of higher education and receive up to 15
credits per semester, tuition free.
you be accepted into a course, or courses, your
tuition will be waived; however, you will be required
to pay for all other expenses, including lab fees
must contact the Veterans Administration Representative
or Financial Aid Office prior to registration. Each
college has their own policies and procedures for
administering the NJNGTP, specifically registration.
It is important that you know your school's policy.
the service member stops drilling, the commander
is to contact the NJARNG Education Center in
writing and the service member will be dropped
from the program. The service member then
becomes responsible for any tuition costs that were
waived for the current semester.
Reimbursement. Colleges do not receive reimbursement
from the State or the National Guard for this program.
The NJNGTP is a state law and therefore the colleges
are required to waive tuition costs.
Aid. If financial aid is received (i.e. in
the form of a TAG or Pell Grant), the service member
pays for the tuition costs with these funds. Any
remaining tuition costs will be covered by
Standards. Satisfactory academic progress
must be maintained. These guidelines are published
in the Undergraduate Catalog of your educational
of County or Out of State Tuition. If eligible
for the program all tuition is waived regardless
Degrees. Subsequent undergraduate degrees are authorized
if the student meets eligibility criteria.
Use. You can use this program with
the Montgomery G.I. Bill.
using the NJNGTP should file for federal and state
financial aid as soon as possible after January
1st. If you do not apply for financial aid,
you are not authorized to use the program.
Apply for financial aid with the Financial Aid Office
at your institution, or online at the following
aid must be applied for annually.
understand and complete a NJDMAVA 6212-R, NJARNG
Statement of Understanding. This form is completed
once during the service member's career unless there
is a break in service at which time a new form will
be completed upon enlistment. This document
is to be posted in the soldier's 201 File or airmen's
State Master Personnel File.
semester obtain a NJDMAVA 621-2-R, NJARNG Commander's
Certificate of Eligibility, from your unit, and
submit to your college. The point of contact
at your college is usually the VA Representative
or the Financial Aid Office. Meet with this
school official prior to registration.
NJ Statutes Annotated: 18A:71-96, 18A:71-97 and 18A:71-98.