New York National Guard Education Services

Recruitment Incentive & Retention Program

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The Recruitment Incentive and Retention Program (RIRP) is a New York State program designed to recruit and retain members for the State Military Forces (Army and Air National Guard, and Naval Militia). This competitive program will pay the cost of tuition up to SUNY tuition rates per semester.

The following are basic RIRP eligibility requirements:

  • Be in good standing with the State Military Forces (attend or make-up all drills and annual training)
  • Be accepted and enrolled in an undergraduate degree-granting program for a minimum of six (6) credit hours per semester or four (4) credit hours per quarter
  • Be a resident of the State of New York for a period of 186 days prior to using the program, excluding Active Duty periods

** For complete eligibility requirements, see DMNA Regulation 621-1

To apply for the RIRP, a Service Member must:

  1. Read and complete the MOU and DMNA Form 96-1 in accordance with DMNA Reg 621-1
  2. Complete the Free Application for Federal Aid (FAFSA) (Pell Grant). Obtain Student Aid Report (SAR) as proof of PELL approval or denial. Final PELL determination is required before the complete package can be approved. (
  3. Complete the application for Tuition Assistance Program (TAP). Obtain ORIGINAL TAP Award Certificate as final proof of TAP approval or denial. Final TAP determination is required before the complete package can be approved. (
  4. Obtain a Letter of Acceptance from the College/University you will be attending
  5. Submit all documents from 1, 2, 3 & 4 to your Unit Administrator (UA) or the Education Service Representative

Applications must be received by the appropriate Education Service Representative by:

  • 15 August for the Fall semester
  • 15 December for the Spring semester

No applications will be accepted after these deadlines

Contact your Education Service Representative for more information:

  • Army National Guard
    Education Services Office (518) 786-0466
  • Air National Guard
    SMSgt Shawna Weeks (518) 786-4326
  • New York Naval Militia
    Education Officer (518) 786-4583


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