College Loan Repayment Program (LRP)

Army National Guard: Federal Active Duty

Benefit Fact Sheet

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Summary:

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. Only specified Military Occupational Specialties (MOSs) qualify for the LRP.

Eligibility:

Initial-term non prior-service Army National Guard Soldiers on federal active duty are eligible for the Loan Repayment Program if they meet the following conditions:

  • Soldier must have LRP guaranteed in writing in the enlistment contract.
  • Soldier must decline enrollment in the Montgomery GI Bill in writing, using DD Form 2366.
  • Soldier must enlist for a minimum of six years.
  • Soldier must have a high school diploma and a score of 50 or higher on the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB).
  • Soldier must enlist in one of the critical MOSs that qualifies for the program in the pay grade of E-4 or below. (Local Army recruiters have the current list, which changes often depending on the current needs of the service.)
  • The Soldier must not be enlisting as a 09R SMP Cadet or in the RFP/Active First Program.
  • Loans must be made, insured, or guaranteed prior to entry on active duty.

Prior-service Soldiers enlisting in the National Guard are eligible for the LRP as a stand-alone incentive, provided the following requirements are met:

  • The enlistment period is a six-year term of service at a pay grade of E-7 or below into a qualifying position in an MTOE or medical TDA unit only.
  • Army or Marine Corps Basic Combat Training (BCT) must have been previously completed, or if the enlistee is prior-service Air Force, Navy, or Coast Guard, Army BCT must be completed within 365 days from the date of enlistment. Exceptions to this rule are Service members who previously served in Air Force or Navy special operations units.
  • Must have less than 16 years of time-in-service upon enlistment/affiliation in the National Guard.
  • Must be Duty Military Occupational Specialty qualified (MOSQ) for your position.
  • Must not have received any LRP in your military career.
  • Must not have previously received a GFRD ROTC scholarship.
  • Must not be enlisting as a non-09S SLRP OCS or as a 09R SMP cadet (except for the 09S SLRP option).
  • Must have scored a minimum of 31 on the Armed Forces Qualifying Test (AFQT).
  • Must not be enlisting under the provisions of a conditional release from a select Reserve component other than the U.S. Army Reserve.

Current full-time National Guard Service members on AGR or Mil-Tech status are not eligible to use the LRP option for re-enlistment.

 

Benefit Highlights:

The Army will repay 15 percent of the outstanding principal balance, less taxes of the Soldier's student loans annually or $1,500, whichever is greater, after each year of service (up to $20,000, less taxes).

Loans that qualify for repayment:

  1. Any loan made, insured, or guaranteed under the Federal Family Education Loan Program, part B of title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1071 et seq.);
  2. Any loan made under the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program, part D of title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1087a et seq.);
  3. Any loan made under Federal Perkins Loans part E of title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1087aa et seq.); or
  4. Any loan incurred for educational purposes made by a lender that is -
    1. an agency or instrumentality of a State;
    2. a financial or credit institution (including an insurance company) that is subject to examination and supervision by an agency of the United States or any State;
    3. from a pension fund or a non-profit private entity (subject to case-by-case review)

This includes:

  • Parent Loans for Undergraduate Students (PLUS) (only loans incurred for the Soldier's education
  • Supplemental Loans for Students (SLS)
  • Stafford Loans
  • Perkins Loans
  • William D. Ford Loans

There are many loans that do not qualify, Individuals should ensure loans are covered under the Higher Education Act of 1965, Title IV, Part B, D, and E prior to signing the enlistment agreement. Listed below are several loans that are not covered under this Act:

  • Private Loan
  • Equity Loans
  • State Funded Loans
  • Institution Loans
  • Consolidated Loans for someone else (wife, sister, brother, etc)
  • Parent Loans incurred for someone other than the LRP participant

The LRP payment processing is automated for Reserve Soldiers. They can access the RCMS website at https://selfservice.rcms.usar.army.mil/education to start their own LRP payment processing for initial and anniversary payments. For technical assistance and general inquiries, Soldiers are encouraged to contact the RCMS helpdesk at 1-800-339-0473. All inquiries should be routed through the helpdesk and a ticket will be created.

Payments are made directly to the lender. The first payment is not made until after the member has completed one year of service (assuming all initial entry training has been completed). The Army will only repay the remaining original unpaid principal, less taxes on qualifying loan(s). Interest (even if it has been re-capitalized into principal) will not be repaid. Additionally, payments made under the LRP are considered taxable income in the year(s) that payments are made. Furthermore, there is no reimbursement available for any loan payments already paid. The Army will not pay on loans that are in default.

In order to maintain eligibility for the LRP, Soldiers must remain qualified in their original MOS throughout their initial term of service. If an LRP participant does not fulfill his or her obligated term of service by separating from the service early, then that Soldier will lose his or her eligibility for LRP. There are some exceptions to this early separation rule. For example, individuals who separate early after completing at least one year on active duty, may be eligible for prorated LRP payments if the reason for separation was physical disability, hardship, or certain convenience of the government discharges.

Additional Information:

For more information, please visit the Loan Repayment Program web page maintained by the Human Resources Command:
https://www.hrc.army.mil/TAGD/Loan%20Repayment%20Program

For Reserve-specific information, visit the US Army Reserve Component Manpower System website:
https://selfservice.rcms.usar.army.mil/education

GoArmyEd.com Army Reserve SLRP information page:
https://www.goarmyed.com/public/public_money_for_college-loan_repayment_program.aspx#eligibility

Document Review Date: 23 June 2015