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Michigan National Guard State Tuition Assistance Program Improvements Changes to PA 259 allow for direct payment to schools

Jan. 19, 2017 | By Webmaster
Soldier/Student holds graduation paper and wears graduation cap. (Photo credit You can see more photos at a higher resolution on our Flickr site. Story written by Angela Simpson, JFHQ Public Affairs LANSING, Mich. -- Soldiers and Airmen of the Michigan National Guard who are attending almost any public or private college, university, vocational school, technical school or trade school located in Michigan can receive tuition assistance up to $600 per credit hour (maximum $6,000 per year), from the Michigan National Guard State Tuition Assistance Program. Recent changes to the MINGSTAP statute have made it easier and faster for funds to be disbursed. "The changes essentially allow us to pay the school directly, which increases efficiency," said Brig. Gen. Michael Stone, assistant adjutant general of the Michigan National Guard. "The new language increases efficiency and reduces manpower by eliminating the middle person in the process. A Michigan Guard member can complete an online application and have tuition paid directly to his or her school." "This is a tremendous tool for the Michigan National Guard to recruit and retain the Nation's best Soldiers and Airmen," said Maj. Gen. Gregory Vadnais, adjutant general of the Michigan National Guard, and the director of the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. Since the program began, more than $5 million have been disbursed to support Michigan National Guard members' educational efforts. Additional information about the program is available at