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Rock Island Arsenal

Rock Island Army Education Center
Bldg 56, 1st Floor
Rock Island, IL 61299
Phone: 309-782-2065
DSN: 793-2065

Student Financial Aid

Many people feel that higher education is simply out of reach financially. If you think you won't have the money to go to college, think again! With financial aid and some smart planning, you could be on your way to a Degree or Certification program.

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Active Duty and Army Reserve Military Tuition Assistance
Army Tuition Assistance (TA) can be used to provide financial aid for voluntary, off-duty education programs from regionally accredited institutions that support their personal and professional self-development goals. TA has been standardized across DOD and will fund up to 100% of the tuition costs for full or part time education to include lab, computer and other instructional fees. The total amount of TA received cannot exceed $250.00 per semester hour or exceed the fiscal year limit of $4500.00. To qualify for TA, Soldiers must be counseled by an Army Education Counselor, request TA through the GoArmyEd portal, receive Command approval via commander signature on an annual Statement of Understanding (SOU) and complete a GoArmyEd Common Application prior to the class start date. TA is not authorized after a course start date has passed.

TO OBTAIN TA: (Army Members on Active Duty, Reserve or National Guard):
Military Commissioning Programs:
Green to Gold ROTC Scholarships:
"Green to Gold" is designed to provide qualified Soldiers opportunities to complete a bachelor's or master's degree and obtain a commission as a second lieutenant. Two-year, three-year, and four-year scholarships are available as well as a flat rate paid for books and classroom supplies.

In addition, scholarship winners receive a monthly subsistence allowance of $200 for up to 10 months of each year the scholarship is in effect. If eligible, the soldier may receive GI Bill benefits during the period of the scholarship.

Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA):
The DVA provides Soldiers and Veterans opportunities for professional and personal development through education assistance programs. Soldiers and Veterans are encouraged to investigate benefits by calling the VA Hotline 1-888-442-4551 or going to the VA Education Services Web page.

AMEDD Enlisted Commissioning Program (AECP):
Provides eligible active duty soldiers the opportunity to complete a baccalaureate degree in one of 6 Health Care Corps: Dental Corps, Medical Corps, Medical Service Corp, Medical Specialist Corp, Nurse Corps, and Veterinary Corps. Generally, participants continue to receive their current pay and allowances during school while in the program for up to 24 consecutive months of enrollment. This program funds academic costs of up to $9,000 per academic year.

The Army offers well qualified officers, warrant officers, enlisted soldiers, and ROTC Cadets an incredible educational opportunity to become a Physician Assistant (PA) through the Interservice Physician Assistant Program (IPAP) located at the AMEDD Center & School, Fort Sam Houston, Texas. The Army trains approximately 95 soldiers a year alongside candidates from the Air Force, Navy, Coast Guard, U.S. Army Reserve, National Guard, and U.S. Public Health Service. Graduates earn a Masters degree from the University of Nebraska and receive a commission as a 1LT in the Army Medical Specialist Corps.

Officer Candidate School (OCS):
The mission of the Officer Candidate School is to train, educate and commission the best qualified officers in order to provide the Army with leaders of character who live by the "Warrior Ethos" and "Army Values".

Warrant Officer Program:
Warrant Officers are technical and tactical leaders who specialize, throughout an entire career, in a specific technical area. The Army Warrant Officer Corps comprises less than three percent of the total Army. Although small in size, the level of responsibility is immense and only the very best will be selected to become Warrant Officers. Benefits include extended career opportunities, worldwide leadership assignments, and increased pay and retirement benefits.
Post 9/11 and MGIB Information
Post 9/11 GI Bill:

MGIB Transferability to Spouses:
The Post-9/11 GI Bill allows Servicemembers (officer or enlisted, active duty or Selected Reserve), on or after August 1, 2009, to transfer unused education benefits to immediate family members (spouse and children). The Soldier must have at least six years of service, and commit to an additional four years of service in order to transfer benefits to a spouse or child. Please contact a Unit Retention Career Counselor for details.

Enhancement of MGIB Benefits:
Chapter 30 participants (MGIB) who wish to enhance their education benefits may do so under provision of PL106-419.

VA program authorized under PL 106-419 which allows all Chapter 30 participants (MGIB) to receive reimbursement for tuition cost not covered by the Army's TA. PL 107-14 revised the application of this program in the timing of the benefit entitlement period.

To be eligible to apply for Top-Up, participants must have served two years of active duty (AD) - once the Soldiers have completed 2 years AD, they may apply for reimbursement. Top-Up may be applied to courses taken starting 30 Oct 2000. VEAP converters must have paid in the $2700 in full to qualify for Top-Up. Soldiers can receive 36 months of reimbursement, but the payments DO affect the 36 months of MGIB benefits that Soldiers are entitled to under regular MGIB. The total months of entitlement will be reduced by 1 for every payment equal to the current rate for one month of full-time benefits. For instance, for every reimbursement totaling $1426 (monthly fulltime rate as of October 2010) one month will be subtracted from the 36 months.

Top-Up Procedures:
Soldiers who have never used MGIB benefits need to complete VA Form 22-1990 and get it certified by an Education Services Specialist. The request for Top-Up is available on when a Soldier enrolls for the course. Soldiers who previously used MGIB benefits do not need to send a new 22-1990.

Veterans Educational Assistance Program (VEAP):
Chapter 32 VEAP is available if you first entered active duty between January 1, 1977 and June 30, 1985 and you elected to make contributions from your military pay to participate in this education benefit program. VEAP participants may pursue associate, bachelor, graduate degrees, state-approved teacher certification programs and other approved training programs.

Vietnam-Era GI Bill Conversion, Chapter 34:
The MGIB extended benefits to Soldiers who formerly were entitled to Vietnam-Era GI Bill (Chapter 34). Soldiers who are eligible for the conversion benefits do not pay into the program.

Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance Program (DEA):
DEA provides education and training opportunities to eligible dependents of Veterans who are permanently and totally disabled due to service-related condition, or who died while on active duty or as a result of a service related condition. The program offers up to 45 months of education benefits. These benefits may be used for degree and certificate programs, apprenticeship, and on-the-job training.
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