Tennessee STRONG Act
The Tennessee STRONG Act is a reimbursement program for members of the TN National Guard to obtain funding towards a first bachelor’s or master’s degree. If you have signed a 6-year contract and are actively drilling, we encourage you to apply to utilize this benefit.
Prior to the application, soldiers must apply for Federal Tuition Assistance (FTA) in order to act in accordance with regulations put in place by the Tennessee National Guard. The section on FTA can be found further down this page. You can also obtain more information about FTA by visiting HERE.
Below are the eligibility requirements in order to receive TN STRONG Act funding.
As a last-dollar reimbursement, the amount of state tuition reimbursement is offset by any other funds received. This includes any other state and federal aid including Pell Grant, TSAA award, HOPE scholarship, and any other tuition-specific scholarship; institutional or otherwise. The tuition reimbursement will be made to the educational institution on behalf of an eligible member for no more than 120 credit hours toward a first-time bachelor’s degree or 40 graduate credit hours toward a master’s degree.
Step-by-Step TN STRONG Act Application
Note: The Office of Military & Veteran Services will submit a TN STRONG Act application on your behalf provided you complete the following steps:
Please make sure to sign, initial, and date wherever required (including getting your unit/squadron Commander’s signature). Any missing information may result in your application packet being rejected in its entirety.
The application packet can be found below:
When the term is completed and final grades are posted, the SCO will complete and submit Section VII on your behalf.
For any questions regarding your TN STRONG Act benefits, please reach out to one of the contacts below:
Federal Tuition Assistance
The Army’s Federal Tuition Assistance (FTA) program is a benefit for all individuals who serve in the Army, either as Active, Guard or as a Reservist. The maximum amount paid for Federal Tuition Assistance is up to $250 per semester hour, up to either 16 semester hours annually or not to exceed $4,000 per fiscal year. Current Army policy limits TA to 130 semester hours of undergraduate credit or baccalaureate degree, whichever comes first and 39 semester hours of graduate credit or the completion of a master’s degree, whichever comes first. The 39-semester hour limit applies to all credits taken after completion of a baccalaureate degree.
The deadline for FTA is ten days prior to the first day of the term beginning and the application opens 90 days before the term begins.
If you are planning on using the TN Strong Act and you fail to apply for FTA it could result in the reduction in funding from the TN Strong Act by the amount that would have been applied from FTA.
You can find more information about Federal Tuition Assistance HERE.
How to Apply for Tuition Assistance
If you are utilizing federal tuition assistance, the access point is the ArmyIgnitED Portal. To gain access to ArmyIgnitED Portal, you must have a CAC card. In order to navigate the new ArmyIgnitED 2.0, please read the following document before proceeding:
First time using FTA through the new ArmyIgnitED Portal:
Put your CAC card in the CAC card reader, bring up your web browser and then click on the link: www.armyignited.army.mil/student/account/login. Click “Login” and this will register your CAC to ArmyIgnitED.
Next: Requesting FTA
In order to act in accordance with Carson-Newman’s procedures, always indicate that you are applying for FTA on Carson-Newman’s online Certification Request Form as soon as you have registered for courses. If you wait to request FTA on the first day of the term or later, it will be declined.
**** Please check your email frequently in order to ensure no outstanding requirements remain after your FTA submission. Our office is always willing to assist students in the application process.
Providing documentation to the university
**Note: if you are having any issues signing into the new ArmyIgnitED 2.0 with your CAC card, contact their help desk at 276-231-0938.