Ohio National Guard Education Programs and Services

You can serve in the National Guard while you complete your college education. The Guard offers many programs to help you pay for tuition and other educational expenses.


Ohio National Guard Scholarship Program

The Ohio National Guard Scholarship Program (ONGSP) is available to current members of the Ohio Army & Air National Guard, as well as former members with qualifying deployment time (Latta Amendment students).

The scholarship covers 100% of tuition charges for courses applicable to, or leading to, an associate or bachelor’s degree, a diploma-granting nursing program, as well as approved trade certification, credential-certifying, or licensing programs at participating public colleges and universities (100% of the state public college average tuition rate at private colleges and universities on the Approved Schools List).

Benefits are measured in units (based on educational credits)
Maximum units available: ~ See breakdown of hours to units

•   Members who enlist in the Ohio National Guard for six years are eligible for 96 units
•   Members who enlist in the Ohio National Guard for three to five years are eligible for 48 units

Members must meet the following eligibility requirements to apply:    

Must be an enlisted “member in good standing” in the Ohio National Guard during the entire academic term they are applying for and attending.

"Member in good standing" is determined by your unit commander (or his or her designee - unit reviewer) and includes, but is not limited to, meeting attendance requirements, physical fitness standards, weight standards, and no adverse personnel actions. Contact your unit leadership with any questions or concerns about your "member in good standing status", application status, or your ONGSP account.

The ONGSP does not distinguish drilling status. Active Guard Reserve, Federal Technicians and Traditional members are equally eligible to use the program.

Former members with qualifying deployment time (Latta Amendment students) may also qualify. See ACTIVE DUTY EXCEPTION

  • Must possess a high school diploma or GED, but have no bachelor’s degree.
  • Must be enrolled in one of the institutions on the Approved Schools List..
  • Must take a minimum of three semester hours (two quarter hours) in a term to expend Ohio National Guard Scholarship Program funds.

Members should apply for any qualifying Federal Tuition Assistance (FTA) or Credentialing Assistance (CA) prior to applying for the ONGSP.


The ONGSP will pay 100% of the tuition charges at participating public colleges and universities, or 100% of the state public college average tuition rate at participating private colleges and universities AFTER federal and Department of Defense educational assistance funding has been applied toward costs. See FTA information below.

Make the most of your scholarship and increase the probability to have your degree paid in full by taking full terms! ~ NOTE: Maximum units charged per term is 12, regardless of actual credit hours taken at your institution. Check with your school for specific criteria for taking more than 12 credits per term.

This new expansion to the ONGSP currently offers over 300 trade certification, credential-certifying, and licensing programs to ONG members!
The ONGSP will pay tuition costs for ANY approved Non-Traditional Education Program (NTEP) at ANY participating college or university AFTER federal or Department of Defense educational assistance funding has been applied. See FTA (CA)information below.

Costs and availability of NTEP programs vary from school to school, and term by term.
The Approved NTEP List contains all programs authorized by the Ohio Department of Higher Education. Check with an academic advisor at your participating institution for confirmation of actual program names, costs, and certifications.

Costs are measured in units (based on educational credits) — maximum units available: ~ See breakdown of hours to units
• Members who enlist for six years are eligible for 96 units
• Members who enlist for three to five years are eligible for 48 units

Unit usage for NTEP courses is as follows:
The number of ONGSP units a student is charged for an NTEP course is determined by the cost of the course at the approved learning institution you are attending, divided by the authorized private school tuition rate (current State Fiscal Year 2022 rate is $459 per semester hour).
For example: A course cost of $15,000 / divided by $459 will expend 33 ONGSP units

NTEP programs may be taken independently, or in conjuntion with term courses toward the pursuit of a degree at any approved institution, offering the same ability to maximize your benefit as maximum units charged per term is 12, regardless of actual credit hours taken at your institution.

You may submit applications up to your school's final no-penalty, add/drop date.
Note:

  • Apply for your ONGSP benefits as early as possible.
    If your school requires acknowledgement of verification of benefits by a specific date, plan to give your unit a minimum of 60 days to review your application, when possible.
  • Schools have no visibility of pending applications but will see your approved application in its portal as soon as the unit reviewer processes it.

You may request a STUDENT ACCOUNT on the ONGSP.Ohio.gov website ONGSP.Ohio.gov website upon enlistment.
Once approved, you will receive a PIN to activate your account that will enable you to submit your application.

NOTE:

  • The ONGSP website works best through the Google Chrome browser.
  • You may use any device to apply (CAC not required).
  • Use an email that you access frequently.
    You are not required to use your military (.mil) email address if it is not one you access regularly.
  • You may submit an application for any term posted by your institution, but it will not be reviewed prior to 60 days before the start of the term.

Can I submit applications for multiple terms?
Yes, you will be able to submit multiple applications for current and future terms as far out as your school has entered term dates in the system. However, while the application(s) may have been submitted, your unit reviewer will not be able to approve your application until 60 days before the start of a term. Beginning 60 days before the start of the term, you will be required to "confirm" your intent to attend. At the 60-day point, the application will drop into the unit reviewer's inbox for approval/disapproval. You must be considered a "member in good standing" prior to each application(s) review by the unit reviewer at that time.

Who do I contact for issues regarding my member status?
Contact your unit leadership with any questions or concerns about your "member in good standing" status, application status, or your ONGSP account.

Who do I contact with billing questions?
Billing questions should be directed to the school’s bursar or billing department.

Federal Tuition & Credentialing Assistance

Provides assistance for voluntary off-duty education programs in support of a Soldier's professional and personal self-development goals. Tuition assistance is available for both classroom and distance learning courses that are offered by accredited U.S. Department of education schools approved in ArmyIgnited. Credentialing financial assistance is provided for approved ArmyCOOL vendors.

Federal Tuition Assistance

FTA Credentialing Assistance

GI Bill Program and Benefits

The GI Bill is a federally-funded program administered by the military and Department of Veterans Affairs. Assistance may be used for college degree and certificate programs, co-op training, technical or vocational courses, flight training, apprenticeships or on-the-job training, high-tech training, licensing and certification tests, entrepreneurship training, certain entrance examinations, and correspondence courses.

Additional Resource Links

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