Michigan residents looking to enter the National Guard may soon have additional incentive. The Michigan House of Representatives and Senate both passed the Michigan National Guard Tuition Assistance Act, late last week. The bill introduces a state-level tuition assistance program to Guard recruits. The bill allows for Guard members in active service who meet various criteria consistent with the Michigan National Guard recruiting and retention requirements to apply for Guard-specific tuition assistance at an eligible educational institution located within Michigan. Students will be required to maintain a 2.0 minimum grade point average on a 4.0 scale during their course of study to retain the financial assistance. The bill, which is currently awaiting Governor Rick Snyder’s signature, also includes provisions for the creation of a tuition assistance fund to provide the money for eligible applicants.