Students receiving benefits through the National Guard should first contact their Educational Service Officer to receive a Commander’s Certification. This certification must state the term for the waiver, and must have a signature from your Educational Service Officer. Students receiving the National Guard Tuition Waiver are also required to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each academic year. To file the FAFSA online, please visit: http://www.fafsa.ed.gov.
Effective Summer 1 2010, the State of New Jersey now requires students who wish to use their National Guard Tuition Waiver to submit a completed Commander’s Certification from their unit in addition to proof of application for Financial Aid and the Post 9/11 GI Bill® (with effective date as of the first day of term for which the student is enrolling if they are eligible for the Post 9/11 GI Bill® ).
Students using the National Guard Tuition Waiver will first have any GI Bill® funds from the Post 9/11 GI Bill® applied to their tuition costs. After this reduction has been made any additional tuition charges would be waived using the National Guard waiver. After the waiver, Post 9/11 GI Bill® and all Financial Aid funds (if applicable) have been applied, should a balance still exist, students will be responsible for fees (paid out-of-pocket payment by the student). For more information on the Post 9/11 GI Bill® benefits and how to apply, please click here.
Students must contact the Veterans Center prior to registering for courses to use their Tuition Waiver. All required documents must be provided to the Veterans Center in order for your Tuition Waiver to be applied. Students should complete the process of obtaining their Commander’s Certificate, completing the FAFSA application, and applying for GI Bill® benefits (if applicable) prior to registration. Students are required to complete the National Guard Tuition Waiver Registration Approval Form each term.
GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.