Arkansas National Guard Students

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National Guard Tuition Assistance (NGTA)

Effective Fall 2017, Arkansas National Guard members are eligible for tuition assistance.

The Arkansas National Guard Tuition Assistance Program (NGTA) is available for eligible Arkansas National Guard members.

NGTA was brought into law as Act 471 of the 91st General Assembly, Arkansas Code § 6-61-112.

Read below to determine whether or not you are eligible.

*Late applications for NGTA will be accepted for fall 2017 semester only*
The UA Little Rock office that determines eligibility and applies the NGTA benefits to student’s accounts is the Office of Financial Aid. Please contact the UA Little Rock Financial Aid Office if you have any questions concerning the application of the NGTA benefit.

Email: financialaid@ualr.edu Phone: 501-569-3035

How do I apply for NGTA?

All Arkansas Guardsmen must meet the following eligibility criteria
  • Be an Arkansas Resident
  • Complete Basic Training before fall 2017
  • Not currently flagged for serious misconduct (such as AWOL, ASAP, etc.)
  • Does not already hold a bachelor or higher degree
  • Enroll in undergraduate degree program at an Arkansas public institution of higher education
  • Must be considered to be in “good standing”
Application Process:
  • Apply to UA Little Rock
    • Send all transcripts to the following address:
        University of Arkansas at Little Rock
        Office of Admissions
        2801 South University
        Little Rock, AR 72204
  • Apply for NGTA
    • Applications may be submitted 30-60 days prior to the start of the course/semester. (Check the UA Little Rock Academic Calendar for those dates.)
    • Applications MUST be submitted at least 30 days prior to the start of the course/semester.
    • Applications submitted after the deadline WILL NOT be granted NGTA for that semester without an approved Exception to Policy (ETP).
  • Complete FAFSA and YOUniversal (through ADHE website) applications and apply the SMART application for UA Little Rock by the deadlines set
  • Let your school know you plan to use the NGTA and follow their policies
  • Submit application to Arkansas National Guard Education Services Office to verify eligibility
  • Application is available online at
  • arguard.org/education/ngta.htm once it has been approved through the state legislative committees. Please check this site frequently. Once available download the application, read the Statement of Understanding ng.ar.ararng.list.education-office@mail.mil

Can I use NGTA for summer semesters?

Yes. NGTA can be used for ALL semesters, including fall, spring, summer I and II, and all intersessions, such as winter and May intersessions.
When can I turn in the applications?

What exactly will NGTA cover?

  • Pays tuition only: Does not cover fees, books, etc.
  • Pays up to 120 credit hours or until completion of bachelor’s degree, whichever comes first.

How is it used with other tuition assistance and VA educational benefits programs?

  • Federal Tuition Assistance (FTA) covers credit hours beyond a bachelor’s degree, pays tuition, and usually can’t be used in conjunction with GI Bill. (apply for FTA through GoArmyEd.com AT LEAST 5 business days prior to the start date of classes)
  • GI Bill is paid directly to the Soldier and can be used to pay tuition, fees, books, etc., but has very strict eligibility guidelines based on each Soldier’s service and in most cases does not have a deadline for requesting funds (contact the VA or the Education Services Office to determine eligibility). NGTA CAN BE USED WITH GI BILL- NGTA will be applied to tuition first so that your GI Bill can be used to cover all addition costs, if you choose to use them both.

NGTA is replacing GTIP so they can’t be used together and no new GTIP applications are being accepted. (with the exception of a few grandfathered Soldiers)

When may I use NGTA?

Whenever you are eligible.

Please review all submission deadlines for any other tuition assistance programs you are considering. If there are deadlines prior to NGTA becoming available, you will have to weigh the options of waiting for NGTA and possibly missing deadlines for other programs (such as FTA), or applying for the programs you know you are eligible for now and apply for NGTA in the future.

Where can I get more information?

Contact the Arkansas Guard Education Office for tuition assistance information.

On-Line:ARGuard.org/Education Email: ng.ar.ararng.list.education-office@mail.mil.

Call: 501-212-4045 (Education Assistant), 212-4021 (ESO), or 212-4011 (GI Bill)

The UA Little Rock office that applies the NGTA benefits to student’s accounts is the Office of Financial Aid. Please contact the UA Little Rock Financial Aid Office if you have any questions concerning the application of the NGTA benefit.

Email: financialaid@ualr.edu Phone: 501-569-3035