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Veteran Services: State Education Benefits

Education

You've earned the right to a higher education through your service in the U.S. Armed Forces. But how do you use your GI Bill benefits? Which version is right for you? The Legion can help answer questions about state and/or federal education benefits, who can use them, and how long.

State Education Benefits

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Rhode Island

Rhode Island National Guard State Tuition Assistance Program (STAP): Covers up to five (5) tuition free classes per FALL and/or SPRING semesters, not to exceed 12 credits per semester. Previously paid funds cannot be reimbursed. Please submit your RING Form STA 30-3 (Revised 1 Oct 02) application to the education office after you register for your courses. STAP can be used in conjunction with Montgomery GI Bill.
Eligibility: This program is available to all Army and Air National Guard service members (enlisted and officer) who are pursuing an Associate, Bachelor, Masters Degree, or certification from Community College of Rhode Island, Rhode Island College, and University of Rhode Island

Rhode Island National Guard State Tuition Exemption program (STEP): Covers one (1) tuition free course per SUMMER semester, not to exceed two (2) courses a year. STEP can only be used based on seat availability. You must get a STEP certificate from the Education Office before registering for your class. STEP can be used with Montgomery GI Bill. Four free per enlistment, the member can get four more free for every year he/she extend his/her enlistment.
Eligibility: This program is available to all Army and Air National Guard service members (enlisted and officer) who are pursuing an Associate, Bachelor, Masters Degree, or certification from Community College of Rhode Island, Rhode Island College, and University of Rhode Island.

Rhode Island National Guard State Tuition Exemption Program: The State Tuition Exemption Program provides 1 free course per semester at the Community College of Rhode Island, University of Rhode Island, or the Rhode Island College.
Eligibility: National Guard service member must be working towards an Associates or Baccalaureate degree.

Rhode Island Board of Governors for Higher Education
Pastore Complex, Hazard Building
74 West Road
Cranston, RI 02920
Phone: 401-462-9300
Fax: 401-462-9314