Education Office

The ESO’s mission is to provide resources in a fair and equitable manner guiding servicemembers and building strong minds for an “Always Ready” South Carolina National Guard. Contact our staff at:

CPT Jacinda White-ESO
(803) 299-4253

SFC Mead-Incentive manager
(803) 299-2734

SPC Christie Harris-MGIB Manager
(803) 299-2325

SPC Robert Gibbon-Education Technician
(803) 299-1560

SGT Gant-Student Loan Repayment Manager

Mrs. Monica-Education Services Specialist
(803) 299-4002

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Federal Tuition Assistance (FTA)

The Tuition Assistance (TA) program provides financial assistance for education programs in support of a Soldier’s professional and personal self-development goals.

TA policy allows Soldiers to use TA after successful completion of their first year of service after graduating from either AIT for enlisted, WOBC for Warrant Officers or BOLC for officers. Soldiers are eligible for up to 16 semester hours per fiscal year and they can use TA for a second, higher-level post-bachelor’s degree after completion of 10 years of service. The second degree time in service requirement applies to movement from a bachelor’s to a master’s degree and not from an associate’s to a bachelor’s degree. Also, the 10-year requirement only applies if Army TA was used to pay for any portion of the undergraduate coursework.

All eligible Soldiers will request TA through the GoArmyEd portal . Soldiers may request up to 16 semester hours of TA per fiscal year; the semester hour cap is $250.

Current Army policy limits TA to 130 semester hours of undergraduate credit or baccalaureate degree, whichever comes first, and 39 semester hours of graduate credit or master’s degree whichever comes first. The 39 semester hour limit applies to all credits taken after completion of a baccalaureate degree.

 TA requests must be submitted and approved BEFORE class start date.

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GI Bill

Selected Reserve Chapter 1606

The Selected Reserve includes the Army Reserve, Navy Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve, Army National Guard and Air National Guard. You may be entitled to receive up to 36 months of education benefits.

Who is eligible?

To qualify, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Have a six–year obligation to serve in the Selected Reserve signed after June 30, 1985. If you are an officer, you must agree to serve six years in addition to your original obligation. For some types of training it is necessary to have a six–year commitment that begins after September 30, 1990.
  • Complete your initial active duty training (IADT).
  • Meet the requirements to receive a high school diploma or equivalency certificate before completing IADT. You may not use 12 hours towards a college degree to meet this requirement .
  • Remain in good standing while serving in an active Selective Reserve unit.
  • More information on this Benefit.

Chapter 1607 Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP)

REAP is a new benefit providing educational assistance to members of the reserve components – Selected Reserve and Individual Ready Reserve – who are called or ordered to active service in response to war or national emergency, as declared by The President or Congress.

Who is eligible?

To qualify, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Eligibility will be determined by the Department of Defense (DOD) or Homeland Security (DHS) as appropriate.
  • Generally, a member of a reserve component who serves on active duty on or after September 11, 2001 under title 10, U.S.C., for at least 90–consecutive days under a contingency operation is eligible for REAP.
  • More information on this benefit.
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Post–9/11 GI Bill

The Post–9/11 GI Bill provides financial support for education and housing to individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate service on or after September 11, 2001, or individuals discharged with a service–connected disability after 30 days. You must have received an honorable discharge to be eligible for the Post–9/11 GI Bill.

The Post–9/11 GI Bill became effective for training on or after August 1, 2009. The amount of support that an individual may qualify for depends on where they live and what type of degree they are pursuing. For a summary of Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits, see the benefit comparison chart.

Approved training under the Post–9/11 GI Bill includes graduate and undergraduate degrees, and vocational/technical training. All training programs must be offered by an institution of higher learning (IHL) and approved for GI Bill benefits. Additionally, tutorial assistance, and licensing and certification test reimbursement are approved under the Post–9/11 GI Bill.

The Post–9/11 GI Bill will pay your tuition based upon the highest in–state tuition charged by an educational institution in the state where the educational institution is located. For more expensive tuition, the “Yellow Ribbon Program” exists which may help to reimburse the difference. For more information on the Yellow Ribbon Program click here.

The Post–9/11 GI Bill also offers some servicemembers the opportunity to transfer their GI Bill to dependents. For more information click here.

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South Carolina National Guard College Assistance Program (SCNG CAP)

The SCNG College Assistance Program will pay 100% of college tuition and fees at state supported institutions up to $4,500 per year, with a cap of $18,000 per service-member. Only those identified as critical need and in good standing are eligible.

  • SCNG College Assistance Program Application
  • After the application is received, the service-member notifies the financial aid office of their eligibility, confirmation of eligibility is made with CHE and financial imbursement is made directly to the school by CHE.
  • To determine eligibility, contact the Education Services Office.
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The following incentives are currently offered to qualified personnel:

  • Affiliation Bonus
  • Civilian Acquired Skills Bonus
  • Enlistment Bonus
  • Extension /Re–enlistment Bonus
  • Federal Student Loan Repayment Programs
  • Officer Bonus
  • Prior–Service Bonus

Contact the Incentive Manager for more information at 866.345.8400.

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