Montgomery GI Bill Selected Reserve provides education benefits for members actively participating in the Selected Reserve, including the Army Reserve, Navy Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve and Coast Guard Reserve, and the Army National Guard and the Air National Guard. Eligible service members may receive up to 36 months of educational benefits.
- Notice of Basic Eligibility (NOBE) - Students may receive a NOBE from their unit when they become eligible for Chapter 1606 benefits
- Certificate of Eligibility (COE) - Students can apply for their Certificate of Eligibility by completing the VONAPP through eBenefits.
For more information regarding Montgomery GI Bill Selected Reserve, please visit the VA website, found here.
Reserve Educational Assistance Program provides educational assistance to members of the Reserve components called or ordered to active duty in response to a war or national emergency declared by the president or Congress.
The National Defense Authorization Act of 2016 ended REAP on November 25, 2015. Some individuals will remain eligible for REAP benefits until November 25, 2019, while others are no longer eligible for Reserve Educational Assistance Program benefits
For more information regarding Reserve Educational Assistance program, please visit the VA website, found here.
Students receiving Montgomery GI Bill - Selected Reserve (Chapter 1606) benefits must verify their class attendance on or after the last day of each month before monthly payments are deposited into your account or mailed to you. You can do this quickly and easily online using the WAVE (Web Automated Verification of Enrollment) system or by calling 1-877-823-2378.
The Georgia National Guard Service Cancelable Loan is a student financial aid program that provides loans to be used towards the cost of tuition in an undergraduate program at an eligible postsecondary institution. The program is for eligible members of the Georgia National Guard. The funds can be repaid through service cancellation.
Service loans are available each academic year. This loan will cover resident tuition for all courses for which resident tuition is charged. Other non-repayable aid that covers resident tuition will be subtracted from the resident tuition and the Georgia National Guard award will cover the remaining resident tuition owed. Payment of all fees, special course fees, student activity and facility fees, assessment fees and others are the responsibility of the student.
More information regarding the Georgia National Guard Service Cancelable Loan can be found on the GAfutures website.
Military Tuition Assistance is a benefit paid to eligible service members of the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and Coast Guard. Each branch of the military has its own eligibility criteria, application process and restrictions.
Military Tuition Assistance provides financial assistance for voluntary off-duty educational programs in support of a service member's professional and personal self-development goals. All Active Duty service members (officers, warrant officers, enlisted) are authorized to participate in the TA program through their respective branches. This includes members of the Active Guard Reserve, as well as Reserve Component Service Members who are activated under U.S. Code Title 10 or Title 32.
Service members should speak with their Education Services Officer (ESO) or counselor within their Military Service prior to enrolling. More information regarding Military Tuition Assistance can be found through the service member’s branch of service or from Military.com, found here.
Mandatory Fees are necessary to provide a complete range of student services that support the academic environment and provide the best possible services to the widest possible range of students at a reasonable cost. University fees enhance the experience of our students and the quality of the UWG community. The itemized list of Mandatory Fees and their explanations is available on the Bursar's Office website.
Students Utilizing Military Tuition Assistance
University System of Georgia Policy
Policy 184.108.40.206, #7 (link) states that an institution may waive mandatory fees for “Members of the armed services utilizing the military’s tuition assistance programs or paying their own way to attend the institution.” (BoR Minutes, Nov. 2014, February 2015; March 2016)
In a decision announced on May 27, 2016, University of West Georgia President Kyle Marrero decided to exempt active duty service members and reservists who receive Military Tuition Assistance from Mandatory Fees. The policy would take effect starting with the Fall 2016 term could save service members as much as $981 for full-time enrollment. Please note that fee exemption applies only to courses paid for by Tuition Assistance.
U.S. Military Reserve and Georgia National Guard Combat Veterans
University System of Georgia Policy
Policy 220.127.116.11 (link) authorizes the waiver of all mandatory fees for Georgia residents who are active members of the U.S. Military Reserves and/or the Georgia National Guard who were deployed overseas for active service in a combat zone (as designated by the U.S. Department of Defense) on or after September 11, 2001, and served for a consecutive period of one hundred and eighty-one (181) days, or who received full disability as a result of injuries received while on active service.
Once students have been approved and they receive a signed Tuition Assistance Approval Authorization form, students should submit the form to CALV either by fax (678-839-5215) or in person (UCC 311) and submit the Certification Request Form.
The signed and approved Tuition Assistance Approval Authorization form will then be verified by CALV and then CALV will forward the form to the Bursar’s Office for payment processing.
When it comes to using Military Tuition Assistance and the HOPE Scholarship, it most often benefits service members to suspend the HOPE Scholarship.
Military Tuition Assistance must be applied first. AR 621-5 CH 5, Section 7(1) states "In cases where the Soldier is eligible for the Education Pell Grant and/or state-funded TA, Federal TA may be used concurrently and applied first. The Pell Grant and state-funded TA may be applied to the remaining balance of financial need as determined by the academic institution." However it is not possible to apply a partial payment of HOPE funds and HOPE funds cannot be refunded to the student. It may be beneficial for a student who is using Military Tuition Assistance who is eligible for HOPE to suspend their HOPE Scholarship.
ROTC - ARCHE Program
University System of Georgia Policy
Policy 18.104.22.168 (link) authorizes refunds subject to institutional policies for students in the military under certain circumstances. One such circumstance is "Military reservists (including members of the National Guard) who, after having enrolled in a USG institution and paid tuition and fees, receive orders to active duty or are reassigned for temporary duty or mandatory training that prevents completion of the term (BoR Minutes, June 2011)."
University of West Georgia Policy
If a student pursues Military Withdrawal, the institutional policy on refunds as published in the Undergraduate Catalog (link) states that "Students who are members of the Georgia National Guard or other reserve components of the Armed Forces who receive emergency orders to active military duty are entitled to a full refund of matriculation fees paid for that semester." This indicates that the student’s orders would need to be to active duty or as part of an emergency response.
UWG students who are called to active duty or who are deployed during the term may be eligible for a military withdrawal. Students who withdraw for military reasons will receive a WM grade in all courses and receive a refund of tuition and mandatory fees. Students who would like to withdraw for military reasons must submit a copy of their official orders to the Center for Adult Learners and Veterans (UCC 311). Military withdrawals do not count as part of the six (maximum) allowed withdrawals.
NOTE: It is not possible to use both Military Tuition Assistance and GI Bill benefits for the same enrolled courses. All students using VA education benefits at the University of West Georgia for the first time must attend a benefits briefing with a member of the CALV staff. All students using military tuition assistance at the University of West Georgia for the first time must attend a benefits briefing with a member of the CALV staff.