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GoArmyEd Information Portal for NG-Florida Education Services Office


FLORIDA NATIONAL GUARD EDUCATION OFFICE



Welcome to the GoArmyEd page for the Florida Army National Guard Education Office. This page was created as a reference to soldiers, those who help soldiers and those who are interested in becoming soldiers with any information in regards to education. Information on this page is accurate, but you should not rely solely on this website. Instead use it as a tool to help guide you on your path. Education should be one of your priorities, and we're here to help you with that.

Contact Info  

Mailing Address:

Department of Military Affairs
Attn: Education Services Offic
PO Box 1008
St. Augustine, Florida 32084
Fax: (904) 823-0417
 


State Education Services Office Personnel

Education Services Officer

MAJ S. Butler Strain
(904) 823-0330
Guidance Counselor/ Transcripts/Testing
 
GI Bill Benefits
SFC Robert   Peterson
Bonuses:







Student Loans (SLRP):
SFC Mattie Cotsopoulos
 (904) 823-0353
matelyn.m.cotsopoulos.mil@mail.mil

SGT Melissa Prescott
(904) 823-0283
melissa.j.prescott.mil@mail.mil

SGT Jacob Kellerman
(904) 827-8669
jacob.h.kellerman.mil@mail.mil
 
Federal Tuition Assistance
 
 
Ms. Mary A. Draper                
 
(904) 823-0398
DSN: 822-0398

GI Bill & SLRP:

SSG Michael Lynn
(904) 823-0318


State Tuition Assistance:
Mr. Andy Rusnak
EDD Program Manager
(904) 823-0351
andrew.d.rusnak.nfg@mail.mil 
 
Mrs. Tina Guillotte
Admininstrative Assistant
 
 

 

2011 KEY DATES  

6 June: Schools with historical ARNG enrollments rolled into the new GoArmyEd Portal and ARNG Soldiers began setting up accounts in GoArmyEd
1 August: ARNG Soldiers begin requesting TA in GoArmyEd for courses that start on or after 1 October  

1 OctoberARNG Soldiers begin using GoArmyEd to manage TA courses that start on or after 1 October . Schools using GoArmyEd system to receive TA requests, process/input grades, and submit invoices for courses that start on or after 1 October

 

  

 

 

EDUCATION ASSISTANCE

 

Federal Tuition Assistance


Financial assistance is provided for voluntary off-duty education programs in support of a soldier's professional and personal self-development goals. Federal Tuition Assistance is directly related to retaining quality soldiers, enhancing their career progression, increasing the combat readiness of the Army, and returning soldiers to civilian careers.
 You must have an active GoArmyEd account to use Federal Tuition Assistance.  To set one up, go to www.GOARMYED.com or contact the GoArmyEd Helpdesk at 1-800-817-9990 for setup guidance.
 
Federal Tuition assistance may be used to pay 100% of the cost of TUITION ONLY charged by the institution, not to exceed established DoD standardized TA policy of UP TO $250 per semester hour cap, $167 per quarter hour, $16.66 per clock hour, and limited to $750 per course. Each request is individual and separate.  No other fees of any kind are authorized for FTA funding.  TA requests (TARs) must be submitted, reviewed AND approved, no later than 10 days PRIOR to class start date.  TARs can be requested up to 60 DAYS before class start date.  Army funded TA is not authorized on or after class start date (NO EXCEPTIONS).

Current policy allows for a total of 16 semester hours PER FISCALYEAR (1 Oct -30 Sep).  Can be used in various combinations with the EDD program and VA education programs (some restrictions apply).

 

NGB, Region III Manager: Ms. Mary A. Draper, ESS, CE mary.a.draper6.civ@mail.mil  
 
 
State Tuition Assistance - Education Dollars for Duty (EDD)

The Education Dollars for Duty (EDD) was established in 1998 by Senate 442 & House Bill 685. EDD pays up to 100% of tuition and fees assessed on a per student credit hour basis at Florida’s public vocational technical school, public community colleges and State University System institutions for credit courses in which they register.   Can be used in combination with the FTA program and VA education programs (some restrictions apply).

The Educational Dollars for Duty Program is for individuals who enter the Florida National Guard for the first time after June 30, 1997. The Florida National Guard Member will be responsible for any tuition and fees not paid by the EDD Program.

 

POC: Mr. Andy Rusnak (904) 823-0351, andrew.d.rusnak.nfg@mail.mil
 

Incentives

The Secretary of the Army has authorized the use of incentives to serve as an extraordinary measure to assist the ARNGUS in meeting and sustaining manpower requirements.

Incentives also contribute to quality and skill-matching objectives, and help stabilize the ARNGUS through longer service commitment. The Selected Reserve Incentive Program (SRIP) offers Enlistment Bonus, Educational Assistance, Reenlistment / Extension Bonus, Affiliation Bonus, repayment of student loans, and health professionals’ loan repayment.

 

POC: SFC Mattie Cotsopoulos  (904) 823-0353, matelyn.m.cotsopoulos.mil@mail.mil



GI Bill Programs
The GI Bill is a federally funded program administered by the military services and the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA). Each GI Bill program offers 36 months of educational assistance for full-time study; students attending half-time receive a maximum 72 months of benefits (payments are prorated for part-time study). Soldiers may receive up to 36 months in any single DVA educational assistance program, and a maximum of 48 months of combined benefits.

Due to a recent determination by the Department of Defense (DoD), Soldiers can no longer use Federal Tuition Assistance (FTA) and GI Bill benefits (Chapters 1606 and 1607) for the same course. Soldiers may use both FTA and GI Bill benefits during a semester, as long as they don't use both benefits for the same course. IF this applies to you, please contact your VA School Certifying Official (SCO) for further information.

 

DVA educational assistance programs include The Montgomery GI Bill-Selected Reserve (Chapter 1606), Reserve Educational Assistance Program (Chapter 1607), Montgomery, Montgomery GI Bill-Active Duty (Chapter 30), and the Post 9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33).

More information about GI Bill programs is available at www.gibill.va.gov.

 

POC: SSG Michael Lynn  (904) 823-0318



Army Personnel Testing (APT)

The APT program covers administration of four categories of personnel tests, constituting 13 types of tests. Our office administers the  Armed Forces Classification Test (AFCT). AFCT is used to reevaluate in-service personnel who wish to improve their ASVAB scores to qualify for reenlistment, a MOS change, warrant officer training, officer candidate school or Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC). Soldiers take the ASVAB upon entry into the service and are allowed to take the AFCT four additional times during their Army tenure. You may contact us at the education office to schedule an appointment.

 

POC:  SFC Robert Peterson  Phone: (904) 823-0417, robert.a.peterson1.mil@mail.mil

 

Credits by Examination


Army National Guard Members, their spouses, and civilian employees may benefit from free testing opportunities sponsored by the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES). This can save you valuable time and money and you may receive college credits and promotion points.

The most common tests are: CLEP, DSST, Excelsior, GRE, SAT, ACT, GMAT


Different tests have different fees and you may (or may not) have to pay an administrative fee to take the test you desire. For detailed information visit the DANTES website, call them at (850) 452-1111 or email exams@voled.doded.mil

 

 

POC: SFC Peterson (904) 823-0417, robert.a.peterson1.mil@mail.mil
 
 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION


If your school has questions about Federal Tuition Assistance and the GoArmyEd portal, please refer them to the GoArmyEd Helpdesk at 1-800-817-9990, or have the school reach out to the FTA Manager, Ms. Mary Draper at mary.a.draper6.civ@mail.mil.
 

Quick Links

Army National Guard Education Page
Source for all education programs provided through the National Guard.
 
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
VA provides education benefits to veterans and their dependents through various GI Bill education benefits. .
 

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
Electronically submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).This is the easiest way to apply for federal aid.
 
The primary purpose of AARTS is to assist Soldiers in obtaining college credit for their military experience. Soldiers may obtain a transcript that translates formal military education and job experience into civilian language.
 
Army Credentialing Opportunities Online (COOL) explains how Army Soldiers can meet civilian certification and license requirements related to their Military Occupational Specialties (MOSs).
 
Events calendar, news, and information about training programs, conferences, and other voluntary education opportunities.
 
College Level Examination Program (CLEP) for Military Personnel
Shorten your path to a college degree - with CLEP. Get college credit for what you already know.
 
The National Guard Education, Incentives & Employment Education Support Center (ESC)  provides automated degree planning, military credit evaluations and college credit assessments to Army National Guard Soldiers, their spouses, and Army National Guard civilian employees at no cost to the individual.
   
Soldiers who are eligible for Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits can use this website to transfer their benefits to their dependents who are enrolled in the Defense Eligibility Enrollment Reporting System (DEERS). 
 
 
Offers over 1,500 courses including: Information Technology, Business Skills, and Interpersonal Skills course. Includes over 25 course modules evaluated for college credit. Also includes Rosetta Stone foreign language courses.
 
Get access to Army Correspondence Courses. Take practice test for CLEP, DSST, and other APT.
 
 
Use Peterson's Test Prep to prepare for SAT, ACT, CLEP, DSST, and ASVAB.