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State Tuition Assistance Program FAQs
The State Tuition Assistance Program (STAP) is a State of Michigan funded tuition assistance program that pays for, the tuition costs and eligible fees, of eligible Michigan National Guard service members.
  • All National Guard traditional and AGR Soldiers/Airmen in an active drilling status are eligible.
  • Mobilized or deployed Michigan National Guard soldiers and airmen are eligible.
  • Any other criteria determined by the TAG consistent with Michigan National Guard recruiting and retention requirements.
  • Soldiers who are AWOL.
  • Soldiers who are under adverse action.
  • Soldiers whose classes start before they enlist or end after they get out.
  • Soldiers who have two consecutive grading periods where their cumulative GPA is below a 2.0 on a 4.0 scale.
STAP pays tuition and fees up to $6000 per academic year. The fees must be required as a condition of enrollment for each eligible student.
  • Associate Degree
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • Master's or First Professional Degree
  • Certificate
  • Vocational
  • Training
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Applications must be submitted every academic year. They can be submitted as early as 60 days prior to the class but no later than 14 days after the class start date.
Yes, since a Pell Grant can be used to assist with other education related expenses such as books, supplies and other course related materials.
No. STAP does not reimburse the cost of books and/or study materials.
As a state funded program, STAP can only be used at eligible educational institutions as defined by the Michigan Legislature PA 259 of 2014. “Eligible educational institution” means a public or private college, university, vocational school, technical school, or trade school located in this state. For more detailed information, please visit the website by clicking the link.