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Federal Tuition Assistance Program (FTA/GoArmyEd):
A new policy for the Federal Tuition Assistance Program (FTA/GoArmyEd) has been released by the Dept. of the Army. The following is a list of the changes due to take effect on 01 January 2014. These changes apply to all Soldiers using FTA regardless of component. Additional information regarding these changes can be located on the "Frequently Asked Questions" page of our website. A direct link can be found in the "General Information" section of this page.
   o Soldiers will NOT be eligible until successfully completing 1 year of service following graduation of Advanced
     Individual Training (AIT)
   o If any portion of the undergraduate degree was funded by FTA, the Soldier can NOT use FTA for a 2nd, Higher Level
      Degree (Post Bachelor's) until they have 10 years of service. THIS DOES NOT EFFECT SOLDIERS IF FTA DID NOT FUND
   o FTA will only pay for up to 16 semester hours (SH) per Fiscal year at a rate of $250/SH
   o FTA will only pay for up to 130 SH for a Bachelor's Degree
   o FTA will only pay for up to 39 SH for a Master's Degree
   o FTA can NOT be used to pay for First Professional Degrees (PHD, MD, JD)
   o Soldiers MUST pass the APFT (Army Physical Fitness Test), meet Height/Weight standards and not have a adverse action
      flag in order to be eligible to receive FTA.
   o The Army will honor FTA requests for payment for Soldiers with approved FTA requests prior to 31 December 2013
      whose eligibility will be affected by these policy changes (those currently in classes and those whose class might not have
      started yet). However, no further FTA-funded enrollments will be authorized until you meet the new eligibility
   o The policy changes listed above will remain in effect until further notice.
The new policy is designed to maximize the use of FTA for all Soldiers in a constrained budget environment.
North Carolina Tuition Assistance Program (NCTAP):
The url has changed for the list of schools approved to receive NCTAP, the direct link is now
GI Bill Programs:
Currently no updates
Currently no updates
New procedures for testing have been posted in the "Request for Testing" page. A link is located in the "General Information" section of this page.
General Information:
A "Frequently Asked Questions" (FAQ) page has been added to the website under the "General Information" section of this page. The FAQ page provides a lot of guidance for Service Members on common questions. The page answers a lot of questions regarding the upcoming changes to the FTA policy and provides a way for Service Members to submit questions to the ESO via email.

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 Office Services & Functions


The North Carolina National Guard Education Office provides Soldiers and Airmen with a variety of services. Below are listed several of these services as well as POC's for office functions.

  • Counseling Service Members on how to get the most out of their benefits while earning a College Degree
  • Provide Testing for current ARNG members (ie. those who need to increase their ASVAB scores)
  • Manage GoArmyEd for Soldiers in the NCARNG
  • Provide general Education Briefings to units upon request
  • Manage NCTAP (NC Tuition Assistance Program) for Soldiers & Airmen in the NCNG
  • Processes College transcripts for both Officer & Enlisted Soldiers
  • Manage eligibility for various GI Bill programs that DOD determines eligibility in
  • Counseling for Service Members & Retiree's on transferring their GI Bill benefits to their spouse/dependent(s).
  • OFFICE PHONE NUMBER: (919) 664-6272