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Benefits and Entitlements

Tuition Assistance
West Virginia has one of the most comprehensive state and federal tuition assistance programs in the United States . We will cover up to 100% of the cost of tuition for vocational schools, associate, bachelors, and masters degrees. Soldiers may even use federal tuition assistance and GI Bill to offset the costs to pursue an M.D., D.O., P.A., or J.D.

We have federal tuition assistance of up to 100% for undergraduate and graduate degrees with limits of $250 per semester hour, $167 per quarter hour, and $5.55 per clock hour up to $4,500 per year. Additionally, we have the West Virginia Educational Encouragement Program (WVEEP), which will cover up to 100% of the cost of tuition and fees for in-state schools, up to $6,500 annually. You may use the following links to apply for federal and/or state tuition assistance benefits.

GI Bill
GI Bill benefits encompass more than just one benefit. They include Chapter 30 for active duty and AGR Soldiers, Chapter 1606 for traditional Guardsmen, Kicker Bonuses, Chapter 1607 for Soldiers mobilized after 09-11-01 for greater than 90 days, and Chapter 33 for Soldiers who were on active duty after 09-11-01. Soldiers who have Chapter 1607 and 30 benefits are even eligible to pay into a “buy-up” program that will increase their monthly GI Bill benefit.  More information can be obtained regarding each of these benefits from http://www.gibill.va.gov/.

For benefit comparison tools or to apply for GI Bill benefits go to http://www.gibill.va.gov/resources/benefits_resources/benefit_comparison_tools.html.

To access your Notice of Basic Eligibility (NOBE) for Chapter 1606 GI Bill Benefits or CH 1607 (REAP) Notification Letter for Chapter 1607 (REAP) GI Bill Benefits, visit the following web site, https://minuteman.ngb.army.mil/benefits/.

Chapter 33 is the only type of GI Bill that is transferable to spouses and children. To transfer this benefit, research all of your options thoroughly on the VA web site and then click here, https://www.dmdc.osd.mil/TEB/.

Student Loan Repayment Program (SLRP):
Pay off student loans with the Student Loan Repayment Program – Up to $50,000*
The Student Loan Repayment Program (SLRP) is an excellent way to pay off existing college loans.  The loan repayment program can pay up to $50,000* on federally backed student loans with an enlistment or extension in a deployable unit.  This incentive is now available to applicants entering Officer Candidate School (OCS) - you must have at least 90 college credit hours and agree to an eight-year commitment.

Healthcare Professional Special Pay (Bonuses) and Loan Repayment Program: 
For just about every specialty or field within the Army Medical Department (AMEDD), the Guard offers a Special Pay (bonus) and/or student loan repayment program to make your service financially commensurate with your profession.

Contact Officer Strength Management for more details on the AMEDD Special Pay (Bonus) at 304-561-6383

Healthcare Professional Loan Repayment Program (HPLRP):
Healthcare providers in the Medical and Dental Corps can receive loan repayment assistance—up to $240,000* for certain specialties—by agreeing to a six-year service commitment with the Guard ($40,000* per year, with a $240,000* lifetime cap).

Physician Assistants, Physical Therapists, Family Nurse Practitioners, Social Workers and Clinical Psychologists may qualify for loan repayments up to $25,000* per year with a $75,000* lifetime cap. Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Nurses can receive up to $10,000* per year with a $35,000* lifetime cap. 

For more information visit:  http://www.nationalguard.com/careers/medical-professional-officer/healthcare-bonuses-and-loans.

*Note: Bonuses and the Student Loan Repayment Program may vary according to strength needs of the WVARNG.  Dollar amounts shown here are not guaranteed, as Army National Guard programs and benefits are subject to change at any time.  For the latest information, please contact your local Recruiter, Unit Readiness NCO, Training NCO, or Unit Retention NCO.

Current SLRP Recipients

  • You must complete the DD Form 2475(s) to receive your annual repayment(s) as they are not processed automatically.  A new DD 2475 must be completed each year.
  • Your unit must sign off in the “Verifying Official” section of the DD 2475(s) (blocks 1.b.(1)-1.b.(3)).  This will verify that you are in good standing within the unit and eligible for the repayment
  • The DD 2475(s) can be sent directly to the lender(s) or to the State Incentives Manager, however the form(s) must be returned from the lender directly to the State Incentives Manager.
  • As of 1 March 2011, NGB requires print screens from the Department of Education’s National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) web site.  You may gain access to the required NSLDS documents by logging into http://www.nslds.ed.gov/nslds_SA/.  You will use your FAFSA pin number to log into this web site.  If you do not know/remember your pin number, you will need to request a new one.  The print screens (Aid summary screen and detail loan information screen on each loan) should be sent in directly to the State Incentives Manager.
  • Incomplete form(s) will be returned to the unit and will not be processed until all required documents have been received. 
  • Do not jeopardize your financial status submit your DD 2475s at least 90 days prior to your payment date.  Remember, the Army National Guard does not assume responsibility of your loan(s) and they will not pay on defaulted loan(s). 
  • Contact your Unit Readiness NCO, Training NCO or Unit Retention NCO for additional information.
  • *** Only federally backed loans qualify for the loan repayment program **

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