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:

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 2015-2016 academic year is $11,217. Over a four year period that adds up to more than $44,000. Graduate school at Rutgers New Brunswick Campus is between $8,136 and $11,376 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 6th year ranking colleges as “Best for Vets”. The publication’s selection process is considered among the most rigorous and extensive in the industry. Check out the 2016 Best for Vets results at militarytimes.com. Several colleges from New Jersey made the grade in their peer group:
  • Rutgers University Business School (Ranked #3)
  • Rutgers University (Ranked #5)
  • Stockton University (Ranked #6)
  • Middlesex County College (Ranked #8)

Military Friendly Schools
The 2016 Military Friendly Schools list includes more than 1,400 schools that represent the top tier 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 militaryfriendly.com.

Military Advanced Education
Military Advanced Education’s 2016 Guide to Colleges & Universities is available for online database searches. This searchable database provides information that prospective students need to evaluate institutions on their best practices in military and veteran education. The database allows the user full access to all the info MAE used to score and designate the top schools. Results are based on: Military Culture, Financial Assistance, Flexibility, General Support, Online Support, and On Campus Support. See the list of New Jersey institutions at MAE 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 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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