A GRFD or ARNG Scholarship covers full tuition plus $600 per semester for textbooks.
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The Guaranteed Reserve Forces Duty (GRFD) Scholarship Program and Dedicated Army National Guard (ARNG) Scholarship Program provides Soldiers with the opportunity to compete for full scholarships.
Interested students must meet the following criteria in order to compete for a GRFD\ARNG Scholarship:
- Membership in the New York Army National Guard or U.S. Army Reserve
- Enrollment in the Simultaneous Membership Program
- Enrollment in a Reserve Officers' Training Corps Program
- Be a non-scholarship ROTC Cadet
- Contracted as an MS III or MS IV Cadet.
GRFD\ARNG Scholarship recipients will also receive:
- $450 monthly ROTC stipend (MS III) or,
- $500 monthly ROTC stipend (MS IV) and,
- $240 weekend drill pay (E5 pay grade or present grade, whichever is higher),
If the Cadet is eligible to receive Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB) basic benefits:
- Current monthly full-time pay rate for VA Chapter 1606 - MGIB-SR = $367.00 per month (without kicker)
- Current monthly full-time pay rate for VA Chapter 30 - MGIB-AD = $1,717.00 per month (without kicker)
- With kicker(s) Chapter 1606 = up to $717.00 per month *(MGIB-SR kickers usually come in $150, $250, $350 programs)*
- With kicker Chapter 30 = up to $1,867.00 per month *(note: the MGIB kicker, also known as the $600.00 buy up, only provides an extra $150.00 per month)*
Source: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA.gov)
The Montgomery GI Bill Kicker Program, $350 per month (as a full-time student).
That's a total of between $575 and $1,775 per month, depending on the benefits for which you qualify, in addition to the GRFD Scholarship. Complete your degree, earn a commission and help lead the Army National Guard into the future!
What is the difference between the GRFD Scholarship and the Dedicated ARNG Scholarship?
GRFD Scholarship: Cadets receiving the GRFD Scholarship must serve eight years in the Army Guard or the U.S. Army Reserve upon commissioning.
ARNG Scholarship: Cadets receiving the Dedicated ARNG Scholarship must serve eight years in the Army National Guard upon commissioning.