The ESO’s Mission

To provide resources in a fair and equitable manner guiding Service Members and building strong minds for an “Always Ready” South Carolina National Guard.

Federal Tuition Assistance (FTA)

The Tuition Assistance (TA) program provides financial assistance for education programs in support of Soldier’s professional and personal self-development goals.  The TA policy allows for Soldier’s to use TA after successful completion of AIT for enlisted, WOBC for Warrant Officers and BOLC for Officers.  Soldiers are eligible for up to 16 semester hours per fiscal year (October – September).  TA will pay up to $250 per credit hour with a fiscal year maximum of $4,000.  TA will assist in paying for an Associate, bachelor's and master's degrees.  Soldiers are limited to 130 credit hours for the Undergraduate degree and 39 semester hours for a Graduate degree.  To be eligible to use TA for a Graduate degree, enlisted Soldier’s must complete ALC and Officers must complete Captains Career Course.  Eligible Soldier’s must request TA though Armyignited or  TA requests must be submitted 60 to 8 business days prior to the class start date.  For more information, please contact the education office.

GI Bill

Selected Reserve Chapter 1606
  • The Selected Reserve includes the Army Reserve, Navy Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve, Army National Guard and Air National Guard. You may be entitled to receive up to 36 months of education benefits.
  • Who is eligible?
  • To qualify, you must meet the following requirements:
  • Have a six–year obligation to serve in the Selected Reserve signed after June 30, 1985. If you are an officer, you must agree to serve six years in addition to your original obligation. For some types of training it is necessary to have a six–year commitment that begins after September 30, 1990.
  • Complete your initial active duty training (IADT).
  • Meet the requirements to receive a high school diploma or equivalency certificate before completing IADT. You may not use 12 hours towards a college degree to meet this requirement .
  • Remain in good standing while serving in an active Selective Reserve unit.

Post–9/11 GI Bill

  • The Post–9/11 GI Bill provides financial support for education and housing to individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate service on or after September 11, 2001, or individuals discharged with a service–connected disability after 30 days. You must have received an honorable discharge to be eligible for the Post–9/11 GI Bill.
  • The Post–9/11 GI Bill became effective for training on or after August 1, 2009. The amount of support that an individual may qualify for depends on where they live and what type of degree they are pursuing. For a summary of Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits, see the benefit comparison chart.
  • Approved training under the Post–9/11 GI Bill includes graduate and undergraduate degrees, and vocational/technical training. All training programs must be offered by an institution of higher learning (IHL) and approved for GI Bill benefits. Additionally, tutorial assistance, and licensing and certification test reimbursement are approved under the Post–9/11 GI Bill.
  • The Post–9/11 GI Bill will pay your tuition based upon the highest in–state tuition charged by an educational institution in the state where the educational institution is located. For more expensive tuition, the “Yellow Ribbon Program” exists which may help to reimburse the difference. For more information on the Yellow Ribbon Program click here.
  • The Post–9/11 GI Bill also offers some Service Members the opportunity to transfer their GI Bill to dependents. Service Members interested in transferring benefits can access milConnect click here.
  • Service Member or dependents may apply for benefits at click here.
For more information on Post-9/11 GI Bill click here.

South Carolina National Guard College Assistance Program (SCNG CAP)

The SCNG College Assistance Program will pay 100% of college tuition and fees at state supported institutions up to $5,500 per year, with a lifetime cap of $22,000 per service-member.  Service Members must be in good academic with the institution to receive CAP funding.
SCNG College Assistance Program Application
After a Soldier submits the application, they will receive an automated email advising them that the application was successfully submitted.  Once approved, they will receive a separate automated email advising them of the status.  The approved request is entered into the Commission on Higher Education (CHE) web portal.  The institution will pull the eligibility roster from the web portal.  The institution will then submit an invoice to the CHE requesting the funds.
To determine eligibility, contact the Education Services Office.


The following incentives are currently offered to qualified personnel:
  • Affiliation Bonus
  • Enlistment Bonus
  • Extension /Re–enlistment Bonus
  • Federal Student Loan Repayment Programs
  • Officer Bonus
  • Prior–Service Bonus


Education Services Officer
SGM (ret.) Mr. Paul Mead
Office: 803-299-2734

Data Quality Officer
Office: 803-299-2325

Incentive Manager
MSG Orenthia Tompkins
Office: 803-299-4002

Education Services Specialist
Federal Tuition Assistance
Mrs. Nicole Davis 
Office: 803-299-5318

Student Loan Repayment Manager
SSG Rashawn Lewis
Office: 803-299-4201

MGIB Manager

Education Technician
Office: 803-299-3372