The West Virginia National Guard Education Services Office mission is to support the strategic objectives of the West Virginia National Guard by providing world-class educational opportunities to enhance recruiting and retention capabilities and increase the readiness of the force through education.
West Virginia Educational Encouragement Program (WVEEP State Tuition Assistance)
- WVEEP will pay up to 100% of tuition and allowable fees as approved by TAG and noted on the application to an accredited college/university located within West Virginia. The current cap is set at $7,000 per year and will be increasing to $9,000 per year beginning January 1, 2023.
- Fiscal Year - July through June; Payment will not exceed tuition and fees.
- Open to all members of the WVNG, who have completed Basic Combat Training/ Basic Military Training.
- Must apply by 1 May for the fall term, 1 November for the spring term or 60 days prior class start date for non-traditional programs and/or cohorts.
- Must meet all other service requirements.
- Effective 1 January 2023, all Army and Air National Guard Service Members are required to utilize Federal Tuition Assistance (FTA) and U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs Education benefits, such as the Post 9/11 GI Bill or any other program that pays tuition or fees directly to the institutions of higher education for payment prior to the use of state funds under WVEEP. This guidance is applicable for all higher education (certification, associate degree, bachelor's degree, or master's degree) as federal programming availability allows.
For information, contact the Education Services Office at 304-561-6361.
View the WVEEP Joint Pamphlet 141-83 (1 Feb 2018 updated)
FY22 Army National Guard Education Handbook
To Register and Apply please go to: WV Guard Tuition website here.
- Chapter 1606- 6 year contract, completed IADT/OBC, High School Diploma or equivalent
- Chapter 30- Minimum of 2 years active duty service or AGR, paid the 1200 dollar contribution
- Chapter 33 – 90 days of aggregate Active Duty service after 9/11/01. Can be transferred to dependents of Soldiers with at least 6 years of service. Soldiers must have 4 years retainability. Offers a tuition payment to school, as well as stipends for books, supplies, and housing. (E-5 BAH with dependents).
* Current FY rates can be found at here.
* To apply for GI Bill Benefits go to:https://www.vets.gov/education/apply-for-education-benefits/application/1990/introduction
Federal Tuition Assistance
Receive 100% of tuition cost up to $250 per semester hour
Up to 16 semester hours per fiscal year
One degree at each level: Associates, Bachelor's and Master's
Fees may not be funded
May apply within 60 days prior of course start date (NLT 7 days prior to course start date)
Must be serving in good standing in the ARNG and have a Common Access Card (CAC)
Not flagged or pending unfavorable action
Officers/Warrant Officers - Subject to a two-year active duty service obligation (ADS)) or four-year reserve duty obligation (RDSO)
Enlisted - Have an ETS or MRD after completion of FTA funded course(s)
Maintain 2.0 GPA for undergraduate or 3.0 for graduate courses
Career semester hour limits apply
Can be recouped for failing grades
Apply at ArmyIgnitEd.
Helpdesk 1-866-ARNGEDU (276-4338)
Incentives and Student Loan Repayment Program
- Reenlistment Extension Bonuses (REB) 6 years, $20,000, Payments 50%/50%
- Student Loan Repayment Program (SLRP) 6 years up to $50,000
For information on eligibility requirements contact our office at 304-561-6361.
Testing – APT
- Standardized tests provided to determine eligibility for specialized training and to support the Army’s personnel section and classification process, including language proficiency testing
- Must be an actively drilling member of the Army National Guard.
- DLPT and AFCT exams available. Contact our office for test dates at 304-561-6361.
- Soldiers are eligible to take DANTES tests with reimbursement.
For more information or to apply, contact our office at 304-561-6361.
Education and Career Counseling
The Education Services Office provides a wide variety of counseling options to assist our Service Members with education and/or career planning.
- College transcript evaluations
- Joint Services Transcript (JST) and Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) evaluations
- Degree planning
- Career Focus
- Resources available upon request
Students Rights Flow Chart
ARMY AGR Information
New AGR Soldiers are required to undergo the process for election/declination of The Active Duty GI Bill (Title 38, US Code, Chapter 30). This is an entitlement offered to all active duty service members (AGR) upon initial entry on Active Duty and is administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA).
Disqualifying factors for eligibility for this benefit include:
a. Service Academy Graduate
b. ROTC Scholarship Graduate, receiving more than $3400 during every year of an ROTC program, and/or;
c. Previously declined in writing
d. Active Component/AGR (Title 10) prior to 1 July 1985
e. AGR (Title 32) prior to 29 November 1989
You are allowed a total of 36 months of benefits for any one GI Bill program, and a max of 48 months if you are eligible for two or more GI Bill programs. You should contact the DVA at 1-888-442-4551 to verify the number of months of benefit that you have used & the number of months of benefit that you have remaining.
You must have completed at least 30 continuous months of qualifying active duty BEFORE you can collect any Chapter 30 benefits. While you are on Active Duty you can only receive Federal funding up to the cost of tuition and fees for your course/program. If you are using Federal Tuition Assistance (FTA) then you can only use Chapter 30 for the same class in the form of “Top Up”. If FTA does not pay all the tuition and fees for your course/program then you can use your Ch 30 to pay the remainder owed for the tuition and fees.
In accordance with (IAW) Title 38, USC, Ch 30 and paragraph 5.3.2, Department of Defense Directive (DODD) 1322.16 dated 18 June 2002, eligible Active Duty service members must make an IRREVOCABLE election to ACCEPT or DECLINE the benefit.
An IRREVOCABLE election must be made within 30 days of hire. Service members enrolling in this benefit are required to make a $1200 contribution by a lump sum payment or monthly allotment (only current AGR). If you ACCEPT, your pay will be reduced by a monthly allotment of $100 for 12 months totaling $1200.
The Active Duty GI Bill pays for college/university courses, certificate, diploma, independent study, correspondence courses, and including flight, vocational, apprenticeship and on-the-job training.
To apply, forward the following documents to the ESO, Dr. Sherri Shafer at firstname.lastname@example.org.