ARMY RESERVE EDUCATION BENEFITS

As a Soldier in the Army Reserve, you’ll have many education benefits available to you—and the time and flexibility to put them to use. If you want to go to college while you serve, many Army Reserve units can offer you that option. The Army Reserve can also help you pay for college, and if you’ve already attended college, it can help you pay off your loans.

RESERVE OFFICERS’ TRAINING CORPS (ROTC) SCHOLARSHIPS

If you’re interested in joining the Army as an Officer and you do not already have a college degree, then the Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) is for you.

ROTC scholarships are offered in the following forms:

  • Two-, three-, and four-year scholarship options based on the time remaining to complete your degree
  • Full-tuition scholarships
  • Options for room and board in place of tuition, if you qualify
  • Additional allowances for books and fees

ROTC is among the best programs to pay for college while simultaneously serving in the Army Reserve.


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U.S. ARMY RESERVE MINUTEMAN SCHOLARSHIP

The Minuteman Scholarship gives students interested in joining the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) the chance to receive up to full tuition or $10,000 in room and board in return for a service commitment.

As part of the Simultaneous Membership Program, Minuteman Scholarship recipients can serve in the Army Reserve while studying, and will earn a salary from their Army Reserve unit.

Benefits include:

  • Annual book allowance of up to $1,200
  • Monthly living stipend between $300-$500
  • Job placement as an Officer in the Army Reserve after graduation and commissioning

Candidates must meet Army ROTC scholarship eligibility requirements.

GUARANTEED RESERVE FORCES DUTY (GRFD) SCHOLARSHIP

The GRFD Scholarship is for individuals with prior military service and those who would like to obtain a commission in the Army Reserve. If you receive a GRFD, you’re required to enroll in an ROTC course and enlist in the Army Reserve in the Simultaneous Membership Program if you’re not currently a member. Upon graduation, you must accept a commission, complete the Officer Basic Course, and serve six years in the Army Reserve.

Benefits include:

  • Full tuition paid
  • Annual book allowance of $1,200
  • ROTC monthly stipend of $350 to $500
  • Montgomery GI Bill (amount varies depending on your previous military service status)
  • The Simultaneous Membership Program Kicker of $350 a month

CONCURRENT ADMISSIONS PROGRAM (CONAP)

The Concurrent Admissions Program (ConAP) helps active-duty Army and Army Reserve Soldiers transition directly to college after military service. It also provides the opportunity to earn credit toward your college degree while serving in the Army or Army Reserve. While enrolled in the ConAP program, Soldiers can also use other education benefits, including the GI Bill, the Army Loan Repayment Program, and Tuition Assistance.

TUITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

Under the Tuition Assistance program, the Army may pay a portion or up to all of your college tuition during off-duty periods. You can receive up to $250 per semester hour and up to 16 semester hours per fiscal year.

SELECTED RESERVE MONTGOMERY GI BILL (MGIB)

As a Soldier in the Army Reserve, you can take advantage of the Montgomery GI Bill as a way to pay for your college education. This program pays up to $439 in monthly tuition payments for a maximum of 36 months, and a maximum total of $15,483 in tuition. These benefits must be used while you are still serving and can’t be used after your service ends.

ARMY RESERVE MONTGOMERY GI BILL “KICKER”

You can add up to $350 per month to your Reserve Montgomery GI Bill for up to 36 months with the “Kicker.” Amounts vary with job and rank, and certain rules apply for eligibility.

ARMY STUDENT LOAN REPAYMENT PROGRAM

Under the Loan Repayment Program (LRP), the Army repays up to $50,000 of your current outstanding student loan debt. Soldiers who enlist in the Army Reserve for six years are eligible.