Maine National Guard

Free In-state College Tuition

Governor Signs an Act to Increase Access to Postsecondary Education for Maine National Guard Members

Facts about the bill: L.D. 1612, was signed into law on April 14, 2016. The bill provides Maine National Guard Service Members with free in-state tuition rates to the University of Maine system, the Maine Maritime Academy, the Maine Community College System and any other college or university system established as a public instrumentality in Maine.

For Maine National Guard service members to be eligible for this benefit, they must: be enrolled, or accepted, into a post-secondary education institution, not have previously earned a bachelor's degree or equivalent and be a fully qualified drilling member of the Maine National Guard.

Basic Eligibility Requirements:

To join the National Guard without prior service, you must meet these mandatory requirements:

  • Be between the ages of 17 and 35
  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Be a at least a junior in high school, or have a high school diploma or a GED certificate
  • Meet medical, physical and moral requirements

To join the National Guard with prior military service, you must meet these mandatory requirements:

  • Age - Must qualify for non-regular retired pay by age 60.
  • Physical - Must meet height/weight and current medical requirements.
  • Education - Must meet education standards for the MOS or option for which you are enlisting.
  • Background - Must have most current DD 214, NGB22 or discharge order and/or have an approved DD Form 368 Conditional Release.

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