Guard/Reserves

If you are a drilling Reservist or National Guard member you are also entitled to military tuition assistance (TA) and GI Bill benefits.

Federal Tuition Assistance (FTA) Army Reservist or Army National Guard

If you have one year of service after completion of Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training you may be eligible for FTA up to $4,000 per year ($2,000 per semester).

To apply for FTA go to GoArmyEd.com.

You can apply no sooner than 60 days before the start of school and no later than five days before the start of school.

UPIKE's school code is 001980 and use 2015-2016 tuition of $9,420 per semester for full-time students.

For reservists in the other services or Air National Guard members, visit Military.com’s TA Overview to see how to apply for TA benefits.

Students who receive FTA may be eligible for an additional $1,000 UPIKE scholarship. Students who receive FTA and STA may be eligible for an additional $3,000 UPIKE scholarship. See the Military/Veterans Initiative office located in the Administration Building, 201.

State Tuition Assistance (STA) Army National Guard

If you have completed Basic Training you may be eligible for STA up to $8,784 per year ($4,392 per semester)

To apply for State Tuition Assistance (STA) go to https://ky.ngb.army.mil/tuitionstudent/frmlogin.aspx.

Remember the deadlines are 1 October (for Spring semester) and 1 April (for Summer/Fall semesters).

UPIKE's school code is 001980 and use 2015-2016 tuition of $9,420 per semester for full time students.

Students who receive STA may be eligible for an additional $2,000 UPIKE scholarship. Students who receive FTA and STA may be eligible for an additional $3,000 UPIKE scholarship. See the Military/Veterans Initiative office located in Administration Building, 201.

MGIB-SR versus Post 9-11 GI Bill

As a drilling or former Reservist or Guardsman, you can also apply for veteran educational benefits in the form of either Montgomery GI Bill – Selective Reserves (SR) benefits (Chapter 1606) or Post 9-11 GI Bill benefits (Chapter 33). If you have deployed overseas you may be able to file under Chapter 1607 (REAP) or if you suffered a disability as a result of your deployment, under Chapter 31 (Voc Rehab).

Because the Post 9-11 GI Bill benefits are pro-rated based on your active federal service, as the number of months you have served under Title X orders grows, so does your benefits percentage. If you have completed at least one deployment you may want to compare the options to see which entitlement program works best for you. Be advised that when you leave drilling status your eligiblity for Chapter 1607 stops and will revert to Chapter 1606 until you apply for Post 9-11 status.

The different options can be confusing. For more detailed information and how to compare benefit plans, check out www.gibill.va.gov/.

Medical and Dental Insurance

Often times Guard and Reserve members in college find themselves without adequate health coverage. TRICARE offers affordable and quality coverage that you may qualify for through the TRICARE Reserve Select medical coverage plan or the TRICARE Dental Program.

Getting Deployed

Worried about what happens if you get activated? Don't be. The UPIKE Registrar has a clear Military Activation policy that outlines what happens to your course credits. If you are going to miss a couple of semesters because of deployment, you don't have to reapply. As you have not taken any classes at another institution, you simply re-enroll for UPIKE classes when you get back.

If you know about your deployment ahead of time, consider staying enrolled and taking classes online. Talk with your unit to determine what kind of internet access you will have while deployed and whether or not you will have enough down time during your mission to take a course or two. If you need upper division credit and your duty relates to your major, check with your department to see if you can earn credit. If you need other general education courses, contact the MVA office to see what can be arranged.

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