College Assistance Center...     Funding Your Education

For many prospective students, finding a way to pay for college is the largest hurdle they face. That's no surprise given that the average yearly tuition continues to rise. Private four-year schools average about $25,000 per year; public four-year schools are about $7,500… but are rising much faster than their private counterparts.

So… is it really worth the expense? According to a recent study, the lifetime earning potential between those with only a high school diploma and a those with a BA is more than $800,000.

Fortunately, we’ve got some great information on a variety of ways to fund your college education.

Reach high. Go farther than you’ve ever dreamed.
As an elite athlete, you began your high school career with dreams of achieving full potential, contributing to something bigger and knowing you made a difference – leaving it all on the field or court.

The Army National Guard helps you develop an unparalleled spirit of closeness and cooperation, very similar to team camaraderie. It creates a sense of belonging, of being an important part of a larger picture.

The Army National Guard gives you the opportunity to apply achievements as an athlete and as a leader at the next level:

  • Earn money for college – learn while you train.
  • Study in a career field of your choice – choose from over 150 jobs, including STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) careers.
  • Serve in your community, state and country – reach your full potential.

As a Guard Soldier, every day served means more money for your education.

  • Tuition
  • Books
  • School supplies
  • Living expenses

For more information, visit nationalguard.com

Earn up to 100% Tuition Assistance, including expenses - in the Army National Guard

Check it out:

  • Up to 100% Tuition Assistance – as much as $18,000 over four years.*
    *Based on Department of Defense (DOD) Funding Availability. $4,500 per fiscal year (October 1st through September 30th)
  • Applicable GI Bill programs to assist with the cost of attending college –
    Based on qualifying criteria
  • Army National Guard GI Bill Kicker Incentive: Up to $12,600 over 3 years
  • Guard Duty pay: Up to $22,000 over 6 years
  • If qualified, Soldiers may receive available scholarships through the ROTC Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP)

For more information on tuition programs, visit nationalguard.com

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While it's true that colleges dispense roughly $1 billion dollars in athletic scholarships each year, the chances of scoring big money are miniscule. The bottom line: only a small percentage of high school athletes win athletic scholarships. According to the NCAA, only 2 percent of high school athletes, roughly 130,000 kids, receive a full or partial scholarship.

There are other ways that you can continue to play sports, obtain college tuition assistance and learn skills for life. The Army National Guard provides an opportunity to participate in sports beyond high school. The Army National Guard offers world-class training from the United States’ top coaches and trainers. There are training centers that specialize in some events, such as boxing, wrestling, and modern pentathlon. Depending on your sport, you will be assigned a training location, usually near a college or sports club with a proven record in preparing athletes for international competition. Visit nationalguard.com to learn more.

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In order to get an academic scholarship to pay for school, you are going to need to get exceedingly good grades and, most likely, graduate in the top five to ten percent of your class. Merit scholarships are often related to academic performance, but can also be given to a candidate displaying artistic or athletic excellence or sometimes a combination thereof.

The bottom line is that scholarships aren’t just for 4.0 students… nearly 25% of college students will receive some type of merit aid. The Army National Guard offers up to 100% Tuition Assistance – as much as $18,000 over four years. Other benefits include gaining college credits by passing specialized tests, getting cash for books, and more. For more information, visit nationalguard.com. Click the links below to find out how you can receive a piece of the $15 billion scholarship funds and earn up to 100% College Tuition Assistance.

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  Up to 100% Tuition Assistance
  College Board (Scholarship Search)

Are you ready for the financial responsibility of attending a 4-year university? This year, nearly 1.8 million graduating college seniors left school with student loan debts – $22,500 on average. The amount of outstanding loans has more than doubled in the past ten years, growing from $41 billion to $85 billion. Of the loans taken out, 77% are federal and 23% come from private sources, like banks. Know that private loans can be riskier, have high or variable interest rates, and may require a cosigner.

You can also consider other options like the Army National Guard that help you earn up to 100% College Tuition Assistance. We've listed some of the popular options below to help you get started.

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