State Tuition Assistance (STA)

New Mexico National Guard Tuition Scholarship Program (NMNGTSP) also referred to as State Tuition Assistance (STA).  The scholarship provides eligible members of the New Mexico National Guard an opportunity to complete a bachelor’s degree or below.  STA applies to students pursuing their first bachelor’s degree or below (no second equivalent or certificate level is allowed).  STA is paid directly to the school and is invoiced after the term’s Last Day to Drop a Class.  Air National Guard yearly cap is $8,000.  Army National Guard yearly cap is $4,000 (Army National Guards must request Federal TA through ArmyIgnitED to cover the tuition cost and in conjunction request STA with NMNG to cover the course fees costs).  STA fiscal year is from July 1 – June 30.  Please follow the NM STA Application Checklist.

State Tuition Assistance Deadlines:

Fall Semester – July 15th
Spring Semester – December 1st
Summer Semester – May 1st

Please send the following documents (to the Education Office contact email below):

AGONMJC 2171-R application form must be digitally signed by the soldier and their commander via CAC ONLY.  Completed applications can be emailed to the education office as an original document.  Manual handwritten is no longer authorized.

NOTE: If you submit the NMNGTSP–STA Application after the deadline, in addition to the above required documents, you must also submit an Exception to Policy (ETP) Waivers.  Please follow the ETP Waivers (Appendix A and Appendix B) Templates for assistance.  The Unit Commander must endorse the request for an ETP (Appendix B) before AGONMJC Form 2171-R is submitted to the ESO.  All ETPs must be submitted within 30 days from the start date of the course for which the ETP is being applied.

Department of Military Affairs Air Education and Training Command
NMARNG-Education Office Kirtland Air Force Base
10 Bataan Blvd Office #340 2251 Air Guard Rd SE
Santa Fe, NM 87508 Albuquerque, NM 87117
Email: Email:
SGT Mark Lopez, ESO
MSgt Eric Sampson
505-407-3300 ext. 200414 505-846-7399
Mr. Xavier Romero, STA Manager
MSgt Audrey Rische
505-407-3430 505-853-7695

You must read and understand AGONM Joint Circular 621-5, dated 01 October 2017, as required in the Statement of Understanding.  This circular describes National Guard policies, requirements and procedures for the NMNGTSP or STA.

PDF form: State TA flyer