Florida has an independent Tuition Assistance Program. The “Educational Dollars for Duty” (EDD) program is available for Florida National Guard Soldiers and Airmen, and can provide public tuition for the period of the Guard member’s service.
1. Upon enlistment in the Florida National Guard, educational dollars for duty can be used at any public or private institution that has a physical address in the Florida. If you meet the eligibility requirements, educational dollars for duty can be used for courses that lead toward a technical certificate, associate’s, baccalaureate or master’s degree.
2. Educational dollars for duty cannot be used toward a doctorate degree.
3. Educational dollars for duty can be used to fund Florida National Guard service members’ educational needs independently or can be used to supplement federal tuition.
4. Educational dollars for duty will pay up to 100 percent of public tuition and will pay private tuition at the average Florida state school public tuition rate.
5. The educational dollars for duty program has no semester hour cap throughout the calendar year as long as service members remain eligible for the program.
6. For this current fiscal year, and at The Adjutant General’s discretion, any member of the Florida National Guard who was unable to apply for the EDD in fiscal years 2012 and 2013 is eligible for reimbursement for courses taken during fiscal years 2012 and 2013.
Additional information and forms may be review at these links.
– Application for Educational Assistance Instructions – (External Link)
– EDD Overview – (PDF Document)
– EDD Application – (PDF Document)
Also, please contact the Florida National Guard Education Services Office at (904) 827-8595 with any questions about Federal Tuition Assistance or Educational Dollars for Duty.