100% Free Tuition


New Jersey state law mandates that every member of the New Jersey Army National Guard is authorized to attend any New Jersey public college or university tuition free for undergraduate and graduate studies. The Soldier will be permitted to attend regularly scheduled courses at any one of 29 public institutions of higher education in this state and receive up to 16 credits per semester tuition free. Requirements are that the Soldier must have completed Initial Entry Training and be in good standing with their unit.

We value education for our soldiers

The New Jersey Army National Guard sets the bar for higher standards and better benefits by offering the best tuition assistance benefits in the Nation. New Jersey offers 100% free tuition through graduate studies. We are committed to providing the best education opportunities for our Soldiers.

Do the math

Undergraduate full-time tuition at Rutgers University – New Brunswick for the 2022-2023 academic semester ranges from $6,450 to $7,773 depending on the major. Over a four-year period that adds up to more than $51,000. Graduate school at Rutgers New Brunswick is between $9,348 and $13,392 per semester. Choose your college and see how much you can save by serving part-time in the New Jersey Army National Guard.

Best for Vets

Military Times releases an annual list ranking America’s top colleges and universities for military veterans. The publication’s selection process is considered among the most rigorous and extensive in the business. Several colleges from New Jersey are ranked in their peer group.  Check out the full list of schools at the link below.

Military Friendly Schools

The Military Friendly Schools list includes institutions that represent the top tier of U.S. colleges, universities and trade schools doing the most to educate America’s military service members, veterans, and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus. These schools have programs and policies for student support on campus, academic accreditation, credit policies, flexibility, and other services for those who have served in the armed forces.

U.S. News

To provide military veterans and active-duty service members with data on which top-ranked schools offer benefits that can help them make pursuing a college education more affordable, U.S. News has produced the Best Colleges for Veterans rankings. These rankings only include numerically ranked schools in the latest edition of the U.S. News Best Colleges rankings that meet the established criteria.


Interested in being a member of our team? Join us for a weekend drill to participate in real Army National Guard training. You will see for yourself what being a Citizen-Soldier is all about. Contact your recruiter to get the details.