GAARNG EDUCATION SERVICES OFFICE (ESO)
Joint Force Headquarters
1000 Halsey Ave SE, Building 447
Marietta, GA 30060-4277
POINTS OF CONTACT
GA Tuition Assistance (TA) Manager:
Mr. TomBolin (678) 569-5067
GA GI Bill Manager:
Mr.Todd Brinkley (678) 569-5345
GA Education Services Officer (ESO):
CW2 Mathew Hanson (678) 569-5232
We are available to assist you with your educational goals. Meeting with a counselor is key to becoming acquainted with programs and services that support your needs. Counseling is available for walk-in service or by appointment. The GA ESO can assist all service members with college counseling, procedures for receiving funding, and streamlining college registration.
The Department of Defense has a uniform TA policy that provides financial assistance for voluntary off-duty education programs at the rate of up to $250 per semester hour with a ceiling of 16 semester hours per fiscal year. Eligible Soldiers can apply online at GoArmyEd.com
We can assist you with GI Bill, College Fund, VEAP, Top-Up and other VA education benefits programs. These benefits support a variety of training, including college studies, vocational schooling, apprenticeship/OJT programs, correspondence studies, and more. The GI Bill can be used to pay for expenses not covered by TA. Eligible Soldiers can increase the total value of their GI Bill benefit by contributing additionalfunds to their account. Visit <http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/> for a comprehensive review of these benefits.
The student loan repayment incentive can repay up to $50,000 of qualifying Federal guaranteed student loans. You must have a current student loan to be eligible for the incentive. Repayment does not happen automatically. Eligible Soldiers must take an active role in initiating loan repayment documents and ensuring loans remain in good standing while being repaid by the government. Soldiers are required to submit an annual update that has to be completed by their lender.
There are numerous ways to finance your education. Ask your education professionals about in-state rates at public schools, grants, including the GA HOPE Scholarship, student loans, and work-study programs.
ARMY TESTING (e.g. DANTES, ASVAB, CLEP):
GA ESO does not currently conduct testing. Please contact Fort Benning or Fort Gordon:
Fort Benning Testing Center - Army Personnel and Academic Testing
Soldier'sPlaza, Building 2612
Fort Benning, GA 31905
Fort Gordon Test and Evaluation Branch
Barnes Avenue, Bldg 25602
Fort Gordon, GA 30905