100% Free Tuition


Go to college full-time and serve your state and nation part-time
New Jersey state law mandates that every member of the New Jersey Army National Guard is authorized to attend any New Jersey public college or university tuition free for undergraduate and graduate studies. The Soldier will be permitted to attend regularly scheduled courses at any one of 30 public institutions of higher education in this state and receive up to 16 credits per semester tuition free. Requirements are that the Soldier must have completed Initial Entry Training and be in good standing with their unit.

Our 100% free tuition program is available at the following state institutions:

Atlantic Cape Community College
Bergen Community College
Brookdale Community College
Burlington County College
Camden County College
The College of New Jersey
Cumberland County College
Essex County College
Gloucester County College
Hudson County Community College
Kean University
Mercer County Community College
Middlesex County College
Montclair State University
County College of Morris
New Jersey City University
New Jersey Institute of Technology
Ocean County College
Passaic County Community College
Ramapo College of NJ
Raritan Valley Community College
Richard Stockton College of NJ
Rowan University
Rutgers, The State University of NJ
Salem Community College
Sussex County Community College
Thomas Edison State College
Union County College
University of Medicine & Dentistry of NJ
(Merged with Rutgers Univ. July 2013)
Warren County Community College
William Paterson University of NJ


We value education for our soldiers
The New Jersey Army National Guard sets the bar for higher standards and better benefits by offering the best tuition assistance benefits in the Nation. No other state offers 100% free tuition through graduate studies. We are committed to providing the best education opportunities for our Soldiers.

Do the math
Undergraduate full-time tuition at Rutgers University for the 2013-2014 academic year is $10,718. Over a four year period that adds up to more than $42,000. Graduate school at Rutgers is between $7,776 and $11,815 per semester. Choose your college and see how much you can save by serving part-time in the New Jersey Army National Guard.

Best for Vets
Military Times released its annual list ranking America’s top colleges and universities for military veterans. This is the publication’s 4th year ranking colleges as “Best for Vets”. The publication’s selection process is considered among the most rigorous and extensive in the industry. Approximately 600 schools responded to the magazine’s 2014 Best for Vets Colleges survey, which consisted of nearly 150 questions. Check out the results at www.militarytimes.com. Several colleges from New Jersey made the grade:
  • Rutgers University (Ranked #4)
  • Richard Stockton College of NJ (Ranked #15)
  • Burlington County College
  • Berkeley College
  • Monmouth University
  • Felician College

Military Friendly Schools
The 2014 Military Friendly Schools list includes more than 1,800 schools that represent the top 15% of U.S. colleges, universities and trade schools doing the most to educate America’s military service members, veterans, and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus. These schools have programs and policies for student support on campus, academic accreditation, credit policies, flexibility, and other services for those who have served in the armed forces. See the list of New Jersey institutions at www.militaryfriendlyschools.com.

Military Advanced Education
Military Advanced Education’s 2014 Guide to Military-Friendly Colleges & Universities is available for online database searches or in their online magazine. This year, the MAE editorial team endeavored to provide the reader with a way to easily compare the nearly 500 colleges and universities that responded to their questionnaire while taking into consideration the military-friendly characteristics most relevant to the prospective student. See the list of New Jersey institutions at their Digital Publication or Online Database.

Operation College Promise
There are already some great education resources on the Internet for New Jersey veterans. One of the best can be found at www.operationpromiseforservicemembers.com. This site is the online portal for the Operation College Promise program, which is run by the nine institutions that make up the New Jersey Association of State Colleges and Universities. The association is dedicated to creating some of the most veteran-friendly campuses in the country right here in New Jersey. You can also find them on Facebook.

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