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Date of Meeting: November 29, 2012
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Date of Meeting: September 27, 2012
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Date of Meeting: January 11, 2013
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Date of Meeting: April 18, 2013
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Date of Meeting: October 17, 2013
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Date of Meeting: November 18, 2011
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Date of Meeting: September 24, 2010
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FDC Claims 03 2014 (914.0 KB pdf)
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Rural Veterans Programs (5.608 MB pdf)
SEP & D2D (6.885 MB pdf)
Veterans Home (4.653 MB pdf)
VFA Fact Sheet 032414 (131.0 KB pdf)
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The Loan Repayment Program (LRP) is a special incentive that the Army offers to highly qualified applicants entering the Army. Under the LRP, the Army will repay part of a Soldier's qualifying student loans. This is only available to enlisted Soldiers.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Must decline enrollment in the Montgomery GI Bill in writing, using DD Form 2366
  • Have LRP guaranteed in writing in the enlistment contract (DA Form 3286-66)
  • Be a non-prior service accession
  • Enlist with a high school diploma
  • Have an Armed Forces Qualification Test score of 50, or higher on the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB)
  • Enlist in one of the critical military occupational specialties (MOS). These MOS change quarterly. The local Army recruiter will have the current list
  • Possess a loan that was made, insured, or guaranteed under the Higher Education Act of 1965, Title IV, Part B, D, or E and prior to entering active duty

Note: It is Army policy that no one be enlisted with a defaulted loan. Therefore, defaulted loans will not be repaid.

Career and Technical Education (CTE) prepares students for employment and/or post-secondary education in current or emerging professions. CTE provides students with competency-based and applied learning opportunities that build academic  knowledge, higher-order reasoning skills, problem-solving skills, work attitudes, general employability skills, technical skills, occupation-specific skills, and knowledge of all aspects of an industry.
The mission of the State Board for Career and Technical Education is to work with others to provide all North Dakota citizens with the technical skills, knowledge, and attitudes necessary for successful performance in a globally competitive workplace.
Visit the Student Resources page for more information.


Honorary High School Diploma

  • Honorary High School Diplomas for WWII, Korean and Vietnam War veterans. Designed for those who left high school to serve in these wars.
  • Application is sent to "Department of Public Instruction, Attn: Lynette Norbeck, 600 E. Boulevard 11th Floor, Bismarck ND 58505-0440 Lynette phone number: 701-328-4572.
  • DD214 must accompany application.

GED: Veterans can get assistance in preparing for their GED

  • Veterans Upward Bound: The Veterans Upward Bound (VUB) is an individualized educational program for veterans who want to obtain academic preparation before entering or during postsecondary education. Course work in English, computer literacy, mathematics, science, and reading is designed to prepare veterans for successful participation in postsecondary education. The program also offers General Education Development (GED) test preparation for veterans lacking a high school diploma. In addition to academic course work, the program provides advising and referral services. Veterans may be eligible to receive educational benefits while attending the program. Funding for the program is provided through a grant from the U.S. Department of Education.
  • Contact: Bruce Steele
    • Phone: 1-800-570-5719 or 701-231-8543
    • Fax: 701-231-9669
    • Address: 319 Ceres Hall, PO Box 5625, Fargo ND 58105-5625
    • Email: Bruce.steele@ndsu.nodak.edu

This free 20-page guide includes detailed research by Ron Kness, a 36-year military veteran and expert in the service-to-school transition. The guide also has more than 150 resources with links to (and brief descriptions of) each.

Leave No Veteran Behind (LNVB) is a national 501(c)3 non-profit organization that provides educational and employment services to Veterans who face economic hardship. Through their innovative educational debt relief scholarship, community service, employment training, and job placement programs, LNVB invests in heroes who have honorably served our nation and seek to continue their service as productive citizens in their communities.

Empowering veterans through education and employment not only keeps our promise to veterans and their families, but it is a sound strategic investment that strengthens the fabric of our nation and provides a catalyst for continued success.

Visit their website for more information.

The National Energy Center of Excellence, designated by the Department of Energy as the National Power Plant Operations Technology and Education Center, offers 12 nationally-recognized energy industry degree and training programs with the first beginning in 1970.

On-campus students use world-class, one-of-a-kind lab equipment designed to prepare the next generation of energy industry employees.  Online students enjoy the flexibility of completing courses or a degree program built for those who cannot attend on-campus courses. The online courses offer simulations, animations, discussions and real-time lab sessions operating real equipment to offer the participant the same hands-on experience as the on-campus students.

All curriculum and lab equipment is reviewed by an Advisory Board of local and national industry experts. The Advisory Board provides the NECE faculty and staff with the most up-to-date information to ensure the programs are preparing the students with current technology and standards for a smooth transition from college to the workplace. 

Graduates complete their degree programs three times a year and are ready for work at facilities across the world. The NECE offers career services to students to assist in resume preparation, interview skills and finding employment. In addition, recruitment services are available to companies seeking out their next generation of employees to fill a retiring workforce. 

The NECE also offers a wide range of industry training options to assist in maintaining certification/training requirements, educating new hires or as a supplement to existing training programs. Dedicated staff and trainers are available to help companies with training needs to help each facility succeed in productivity and in a safe and efficient manner.

Visit the Bismarck State College National Energy Center of Excellence for more information.

SkillBuildND is a new program aimed at identifying and funding training opportunities for unemployed, underemployed, and dislocated workers in North Dakota. Special emphasis is placed on providing training opportunities to Veterans and Native Americans.

SkillBuildND-funded training provides financial assistance for tuition, books, fees, and required training tools to help prepare eligible participants for jobs in North Dakota’s growing oil industry and building trades.

Take a look at the SkillBuildND brochure for participant eligibility requirements and a list of qualifying training programs.

Summary of Benefits

Dependents' Educational Assistance provides education and training opportunities to eligible dependents of certain veterans. The program offers up to 45 months of education benefits. Effective October 1, 2013 some DEA beneficiaries may be eligible for 81 months of GI Bill benefits if they are eligible for more than one education benefit.

These benefits may be used for degree and certificate programs, apprenticeship, and on-the-job training. If you are a spouse, you may take a correspondence course. Remedial, deficiency, and refresher courses may be approved under certain circumstances.


You must be the son, daughter, or spouse of:

  • A veteran who died or is permanently and totally disabled as the result of a service-connected disability. The disability must arise out of active service in the Armed Forces.
  • A veteran who died from any cause while such permanent and total service-connected disability was in existence.
  • A servicemember missing in action or captured in line of duty by a hostile force.
  • A servicemember forcibly detained or interned in line of duty by a foreign government or power.
  • A servicemember who is hospitalized or receiving outpatient treatment for a service connected permanent and total disability and is likely to be discharged for that disability. This change is effective December 23, 2006.

For more information see the Survivors & Dependents Assistance Pamphlet (pdf)

Troops to Teachers is a U.S. Department of Defense program that helps eligible military personnel begin a new career as teachers in public schools where their skills, knowledge and experience are most needed.

The Self-Determination Eligibility Guide found at the National Troops-to-Teachers web site provides the best and most up-to-date information on applicant eligibility. As the national office at the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES) is the final authority on all eligibility issues, we recommend you contact them directly if you have any questions.

Visit the Lewis & Clark Region website for information on opportunities in North Dakota and the surrounding area.


Must be an ARNG Soldier in drilling status and remain in an active drilling status through the end date of the course or be a Soldier serving on Full Time National Guard Duty Operational Support (FTNGDOS) less than 179 days. Commissioned officers also must agree to remain a member of the selected reserve for at least four years after completion of the education or training for which the tuition is paid,


  • Must have no active adverse flagging actions per AR 600-8-2 paragraph 1-12 through 1-15.
  • Must have less than nine Absent Without Leave/Unsatisfactory Participation (AWOL/UNSAT actions) within the 12 months prior to submission for FTA application.

To continue eligibility, Soldiers must submit a documented degree/credential plan for record, outlining their education goal. This must be submitted prior ot the completion of nine semester hours (SH) (or equivalent) of coursework. Soldiers needing assistance with declaring an education goal or degree plan should contact the ARNG Education Support Center (ESC) at 1-866-628-5999 or esc@ngpec.org

Mobilized Soldiers or FTNGDOS/AGR Soldiers who do not otherwise meet the ACES Service Commitment requirements for ACES TA may be eligible to receive ARNG FTA.

If a soldier is not eligible IAW above criteria the State Education Services Officer (ESO) may request an exception to policy from NGB-ARM-EI.

Application-contact information:

  • Education Services Officer:  (701) 333-3064
  • State Tuition Assistance & Veterans' Bonus Program Manager:  (701 )333-3008
  • GI Bill Manager & Test Control Officer:  (701) 333-3089
  • Incentives Manager:  (701) 333-3087
  • Federal Tuition Assistance Manager:  (701) 333-3071

Or visit the NDNG website for more information.

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Be aware that the "Finding Your Perfect School" application requires personal information such as address, phone number, and email address.  This information DOES NOT need to be submitted to search for information contained on the website

Disclaimer:  Through the ND Department of Veterans Affairs website you are able to link to other websites which are not under the control of the ND Department of Veterans Affairs. We have no control over the nature, content and availability of those sites. The inclusion of any links does not necessarily imply a recommendation or endorse the views expressed within them. 

Veterans Educational Training (VET) is a state funded project to help military veterans prepare for and successfully complete a post-secondary education. Services are free to ND veterans and VA education benefits such as the GI Bill, Post 9/11 and Vocational Rehabilitation may be applicable.

Eligibility Requirements: Any veteran intending to attend a ND post-secondary institution who has as a DD 214 qualifying as a "Veteran" as defined in NDCC 37-01-40 is eligible for the program, regardless of age or residence.

Application Process:

Veterans Educational Training
North Dakota State University
Veterans Upward Bound
P.O. Box 6050 Dept #5270
Fargo, ND 58108-6050

Fargo (701) 231-9706
Grand Forks (701) 777-6465
Toll Free 1-800-570-5719

Online courses are available for greater North Dakota or for those veterans who cannot attend the classroom sessions. For more information, see the On-line Services or call toll free: 1-800-570-5719

Visit the Veterans Upward Bound website for more information.