USM, National Guard sign off on USM Free Tuition


The University of Southern Mississippi and the Mississippi National Guard have signed off on the Golden Eagle Free Tuition Program. This is a joint initiative that will provide members of the Mississippi Army and Air National Guards the opportunity to graduate, tuition-free, from one of the nation’s leading comprehensive research universities.

“Military service to our country is among the highest forms of patriotism and selflessness, and we take our role as a Military Friendly institution seriously,” said University President Rodney D. Bennett. “I could not be more proud to partner with the Mississippi National Guard to support the educational goals of the men and women whose service and sacrifice protects our state and our country through the establishment of the Golden Eagle Free Tuition Program.”

Bennett joined Maj. Gen. Janson D. “Durr” Boyles, Adjutant General of Mississippi, in signing a Memorandum of Understanding on Wednesday morning, outlining the two entities’ commitment to the program.

The program will include Mississippi Air National Guard members who receive MSNG-State Educational Assistance Program and are full-time undergraduate students, or Mississippi Army National Guard members who receive Federal Tuition Assistance funds. MSNG members must be enrolled as full-time undergraduate students (at least 12 semester hours) and maintain a 2.0 GPA to remain eligible. The MSNG will ensure that the soldier/airman is in good standing with his/her respective unit.