Tuition Assistance

Tuition Assistance (TA) is a Department of Defense (DOD) program. TA rules vary by branch of service and can even vary between units depending on whether the unit is active, reserve or National Guard.  

 

Air Force Tuition Assistance

Payments, Not to Exceed:

  • $250 @ Semester Credit Hour, or

  • $166 @ Quarter Credit Hour, and

  • $4500 @ Fiscal Year

    Student must have a high school diploma or equivalent. To apply for tuition assistance, please go to the Air Force Portal at https://www.my.af.mil/faf/FAF/fafHome.jsp. In the links on the left find Air Force Virtual Education Center (AFVEC). This will take you to your education record. On the right is a menu entitled Self Service Options. Click on Apply for TA. You will request Reserve TA (not Military) and your servicing education center will be ARPC Denver (AFRC).

    You will be unable to apply online for TA if the following applies to you:

  • Missing grades over 60-days from course end date.

  • Suspense dates that have expired.

  • Missing personal data in the education record including: Phone, DOS, DOB, Unit, Office

    Symbol, Mailing Address, Email Address, base, and Education Level.

  • Requesting TA for courses that start more than 30 days into the future.

  • Requesting TA for courses that have already started.

  • Requesting TA for lower level courses which are less than highest ed level awarded.

  • No degree plan on record.

    TA is not authorized for courses leading to a lateral or lower level degree than you already possess (i.e. Second Associate's or Bachelor's degree).

    If you receive a grade of incomplete from a school, you have as much time as the school allows you to clear the incomplete or 12 months from the end of the term, whichever comes first, to clear the incomplete. If you fail to provide a grade that clears the incomplete by that time, we are obligated to recover the tuition assistance.

    No Tuition Assistance for post-masters degree course work or degree

 

Army Tuition Assistance

Payments, Not to Exceed:

  • $250 @ Semester Credit Hour, or

  • $166 @ Quarter Credit Hour, and

  • $4500 @ Fiscal Year

  • Soldiers must request TA through www.GoArmyEd.com, prior to the course start date or before the school’s late registration period.

  • TA is requested on a course-by-course basis.

  • GoArmyEd will notify the Soldier whether the TA is approved or not. If the TA request is not approved, GoArmyEd will advise the Soldier of the reason and next steps.

  • All drops/withdrawals must take place through GoArmyEd. Soldiers who receive an "E" grade will be required to repay TA. Soldiers who are unable to complete a course due to military duties must ensure that they withdraw from the course through GoArmyEd to ensure that they will not be charged.

  • If the Soldier wishes to take a class with a school that does not participate in the electronic GoArmyEd course schedule, a TA Request form must be completed in GoArmyEd.

  • The TA request will be routed to an Army Education Counselor/Reserve ESS to be reviewed and approved. Soldiers should allow extra time for this.

    TA is not authorized for courses leading to a lateral or lower level degree than you already possess (i.e. Second Associate's or Bachelor's degree).

    Army policy is a student has 120 days to complete an incomplete before recoupment

    No Tuition Assistance for post-masters degree course work or degree

    Arkansas Tech University
    Marsha Oels - Veterans Services
    (479) 968-0445
    moels@atu.edu

    Army Reserves
    www.goarmyed.com

    Army National Guard
    SSG Trichell Harden
    (501) 212-4011
    trichell.n.harden.mil@mail.mil

    Air National Guard
    You will need to contact your Master Sergeant.

Coast Guard Tuition Assistance

Payments, Not to Exceed:

  • $250 @ Semester Credit Hour, or

  • $166 @ Quarter Credit Hour, and

  • $4500 @ Fiscal Year

  • The Coast Guard Institute approves the TA Application (CG-4147), inputs data into the Navy's computer database, and issues the TA Authorization form (CGI-1560).

  • TA will be authorized "up-front" for traditional college coursework for courses less than 18 weeks in length. Courses may be resident or remote.

  • There is no limitation on the use of TA when a member is receiving "financial aid" such as a student loan, Sallie Mae, Stafford loan, etc.

  • All courses must be taken from a nationally or regionally accredited institution, resulting in college credit or accredited clock or contact hours.

  • Direct expenses for instruction such as laboratory, studio, and shop fees may be included in the computation of education expenses covered by the 100% limitation for off-duty education. (Provided these costs are based on specific fees or charges customarily levied by educational Institutions and are directly tied to the course for which the fee is required.)

Marine Corps Tuition Assistance

Payments, Not to Exceed:

  • $250 @ Semester Credit Hour, or

  • $166 @ Quarter Credit Hour, and

  • $4500 @ Fiscal Year

  • First-time students must complete a TA Orientation Class PRIOR to using TA.

  • Marines at remote sites (non-Marine Corps installations) may access the course by clicking on the TA Orientation link below. All others: Please proceed to your local base Lifelong Learning or Education Office.

  • Marines must apply for and receive written authorization for TA through the appropriate education office, PRIOR to enrollment. Use form NETPDTC 1560.

  • TA for remote Marines and those assigned to other service sites is processed at Camp Lejeune for those east of the Mississippi and Camp Pendleton for those west of the Mississippi. I-I duty Marines apply through MARFORRES, New Orleans. Recruiters apply via their recruiting district or region headquarters.

  • Once a Marine is enrolled with TA he or she must submit a degree plan before exceeding 12 semester hours.

    TA is not authorized for courses leading to a lateral or lower level degree than you already possess (i.e. second Associate's or Bachelor's degree).

Navy Tuition Assistance

Payments, Not to Exceed:

  • $250 @ Semester Credit Hour, or

  • $166 @ Quarter Credit Hour, and

  • 16 Semester Hours (24 Quarter Hours or 240 Clock Hours)@ Fiscal Year

    TA is available to both Naval Officer and Enlisted active duty personnel and Naval Reservists on continuous active duty. It is also available to enlisted Naval Reservists ordered to active duty 120 days and to Naval Reservist Officers ordered to active duty for 2 years or more. To qualify, service members must:

  • be on active duty for the whole length of the course.

  • attend an institution accredited by a regional, national, or professional accrediting agency recognized by the Department of Education.

  • receive counseling from a Navy College Office

    Students must provide all grades from previously funded TA courses and reimburse all W and E grades. (Withdrawals for involuntary reasons may be granted with command verification.

    TA is not authorized for courses leading to a lateral or lower level degree than you already possess (i.e. Second Associate's or Bachelor's degree).

    No Tuition Assistance for post-masters degree course work or degree

Tuition Assistance Top-Up

The amount of this benefit can be equal to the difference between the total cost of a college course and the amount of Tuition Assistance that is paid by the military for the course.

To be eligible for the Top-up benefit, the person must be approved for federal Tuition Assistance by a military department and be eligible for MGIB-Active Duty benefits or the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

More information regarding the tuition assistance top-up program may be found at https://www.gibill.va.gov/resources/education_resources/programs/tuition_assistance_top_up.html