New Jersey National Guard (NJNGTP)

The NJ National Guard Tuition Program (NJNGTP) waives undergraduate/graduate tuition for NJNG members (Army or Air) up to 16 credits per semester. Soldier is required to pay all fees.

In order to use the benefit, you must:

  • Obtain a Form 621-2-R “Commander’s Certificate” every semester.  This is issued by your unit and must be signed by your Commander and the National Guard member
  • Remain in good standing with your unit
  • Comply with school policies, procedures, and academic standards
  • Apply for Chapter 33 Post 9/11 GI Bill (if eligible) – not required if transferred to dependents
  • With a 6 year obligation, you may also apply for Chapter 1606, Montgomery GI Bill Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR) if you are not eligible for Chapter 33, Post 9/11 GI Bill. However, you may not use the NJNGTP with Federal Tuition Assistance (FTA)
  • Apply for financial aid annually using FAFSA, even if you feel you may not be eligible.  Financial aid application should be made as soon as possible after January 1st. FAFSA should be completed no later than the priority deadline of March 15th.


Application of Payment

  • NJNGTP may be used when PELL and/or TAG do not pay for the entire tuition balance due.
  • If you are found eligible for the federal Pell grant and New Jersey Tuition Aid Grant (TAG), and the combination of the Pell and the TAG is equal to or greater than your tuition cost, then you may not use the NJNGTP that semester because your tuition is being paid for by federal and state grant money
  • If you are found eligible for Chapter 33 Post 9/11 GI Bill, the percent you are eligible for will be paid toward your fees by the VA and you will be responsible for the remainder of the fees. The percent you are eligible for will also be paid toward your tuition by the VA, and the remainder of the tuition will be waived.
  • Final amount due is subject to change based on your completed Financial Aid award, per Federal regulations
  • Chapter 33 Benefits, TAG, Pell, and tuition specific scholarships will be applied to tuition first. Any remaining tuition, if there is any, will be waived after these sources are applied. Any non-tuition specific scholarships will be applied after the NJNGTP Waiver.

How to use the benefit at NJIT:

  1. Complete a Veterans Affairs Program Card
  2. Obtain the Commander’s Certificate with all signatures
  3. Bring your Certificate of Eligibility if you are using Chapter 1606 or Chapter 33 along with the NJNGTP
  4. Submit all items to or drop them off at the Registrar’s Office in the Student Mall
  5. Deadline to submit documents is two weeks before the start of class

**Be sure to obtain your Commander’s Certificate at your drill before the semester starts. The Commander’s Certificate is good for 60 days from Commander’s signature date.

**Any balance not waived or covered by Financial Aid or other educational benefits is the responsibility of the student.