Tuition Assistance

For more information about Tuition Assistance (TA), visit your base education center and speak with an education services specialist. The information on this page is adapted from an article on military.com and is meant to be a general guideline. Consult with your education officer for the most current and accurate information.

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Air Force

The Air Force offers airmen several programs to support their voluntary education goals including tuition assistance for college courses taken during off-duty hours. The maximum amount paid for tuition assistance is 100 percent, not to exceed:

  • $250 per semester credit hour, or
  • $166 per quarter credit hour, and
  • $4,500 per fiscal year

Apply for tuition assistance online using the Air Force Virtual Education Center through the Air Force Portal.

Army

Army tuition assistance is open to nearly all soldiers (officers, warrant officers, enlisted) including Army Reserve, and Army National Guard on active duty. The maximum amount paid for tuition assistance is 100 percent and authorized fees charged by a school up to the established per-semester-hour cap for up to 16 semester hours of TA-funded courses per fiscal year:

  • $250 per semester credit hour, or
  • $166 per quarter credit hour, and
  • $4,000 per fiscal year

There are some restrictions to who may use Army tuition assistance and what courses it can be used for. Download AR 621-5 (Army Continuing Education System Regulations) to get further details. For general information about the Army’s automated tuition assistance process, visit GoArmyEd.com.

Coast Guard

The Coast Guard offers several programs to support your education goals including 75 percent tuition assistance for college courses taken during off-duty hours. Coast Guard tuition assistance assists eligible personnel in their professional development by providing funding for off-duty voluntary education courses to broaden their academic or Coast Guard technical background.

The maximum amount paid for tuition assistance is 75 percent tuition not to exceed:

  • $187 per semester credit hour, or
  • $125 per quarter credit hour, and
  • $2,200 per fiscal year

The management of TA is centralized at the USCG Institute through a consolidated tuition assistance processing system managed by the US Naval Education and Training Professional Development and Technology Center (NETPDTC) in Pensacola, Florida. 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). The applicant then takes the CGI-1560 to the academic institution during registration; the institution bills NETPDTC for payment of the government’s share of tuition assistance.

Marine Corps

The Marine Corps offers several programs to support your education goals including 100 percent tuition assistance for college courses taken during off-duty hours. The maximum amount paid for tuition assistance is 100 percent of tuition and fees, not to exceed:

  • $250 per semester credit hour, or
  • $166 per quarter credit hour, and
  • $4,500 per fiscal year

Application Process

  • First-time students must complete a TA Orientation Class prior to using tuition assistance.
  • Marines at remote sites (non-Marine Corps installations) may access the course online. If you are on a Marine Corps installation, proceed to the Lifelong Learning or Education Office on your base.
  • 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 River and Camp Pendleton for those west of the Mississippi River. I-I duty Marines apply through MARFORRES, New Orleans. Recruiters apply via their recruiting district or region headquarters.
Navy

The Navy offers active duty Sailors several programs to support their education goals including tuition assistance for college courses taken during off-duty hours. The Navy Tuition Assistance program pays 100 percent of tuition and required fees charged by educational institutions for course enrollments, not to exceed:

  • $250 per semester credit hour, or
  • $166 per quarter credit hour, and
  • 16 semester hours (24 quarter hours or 240 clock hours) per 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 two years or more.

Application Process

Contact your Navy College Office to receive educational counseling in person, by phone, or by email. With your Navy College advisor, determine which courses to request for TA funding. Complete a TA Application form NETPDTC 1560/3 listing course(s) and fee(s). Check with your institution to make sure the amounts for tuition and fees you list are correct.

For further program details and Navy Tuition Assistance program updates, visit the Navy College website Tuition Assistance page. Read the OPNAV 1560.9A for further details on the Navy’s VOLED programs. Visit the Official Navy Tuition Assistance website to learn about requesting credit limit waivers and other TA details.

National Guard

The National Guard offers guardsmen several programs to support their education goals including up to 100 percent tuition assistance for college courses taken during off-duty hours.

Tip: Before you take your first college course, be sure to take the Dantes CLEP exams. This can save you time and money.

Members of the National Guard are eligible for tuition assistance. However each of the Armed Forces determines how to administer their own tuition assistance. In addition each state may offer its National Guard service members state-funded education incentives based on state guidelines and eligibility (i.e., TA, waivers, exemptions, student loan repayment, etc.).

Army National Guard (ARNG)

The ARNG Federal Tuition Assistance (FTA) provides financial assistance to part-time ARNG soldiers in support of their professional and personal self-development goals. A master’s degree may be supported provided funding is available. Their vision is to provide quality programs, services and support that will enable soldiers to achieve their education objectives and further enhance the strength and relevance of the Army National Guard. Members of the Army National Guard may qualify for one or more of the following TA programs:

Federal Tuition Assistance (Part-time Citizen Soldiers)

The ARNG maximum amount paid for Federal Tuition Assistance (FTA) for Part Time Soldiers is 100 percent tuition up to:

  • $250 per semester credit hour, or
  • $167 per quarter credit hour
  • Fees up to $500
  • $4,500 per fiscal year

High school or equivalency level may be funded at 100 percent of tuition and fees, but are still limited to the $4,000 annual cap. FTA may be used with the Post-9/11 GI Bill or MGIB-Active Duty (AD) for the same course. ARNG recommends that schools apply FTA prior to Pell Grants, to allow for maximizing benefits for student financial needs.

Note: ARNG FTA operates on a limited budget and is not a guaranteed benefit. It is offered on a first come, first served basis. Visit the Strength Maintenance Management System website (CAC Card Required) to access the National Guard Federal Tuition Assistance online application.

To be eligible for this program, you must have a valid expense from an accredited school and be a traditional (part-time) ARNG soldier in an active drilling status. You are eligible beginning the day you join ARNG, even prior to boot camp or AIT or while yet in high school. Officers must serve four years after course completion; enlisted must simply remain in the ARNG during term of courses. Members receiving an ROTC scholarship are not eligible

State Tuition Assistance

Although not all states offer payment of TA, many states have additional tuition incentives, which are offered at varying amounts. You can visit the Air National Guard ANG Benefits website to determine which benefits your state offers.

Go Army Ed (CTAM) (Activated Guard and Reserve)

If activated you will become eligible for the Army’s Tuition Assistance for Active Duty and Activated Reserve/Guard.

The ACE TA program offers 100 percent tuition and fees not to exceed:

  • $250 per semester credit hour or
  • $167 per quarter credit hour
  • $4,000 per fiscal year

Visit the Strength Maintenance Management System website (CAC Card Required) where you can get the latest information on Education Benefits for Citizen Soldiers.

Air National Guard (ANG)

The Air National Guard provides access to all DANTES credit-by-examination programs, Community College of the Air Force Associate Degree programs, federal tuition assistance for AGR members for distance learning courses, and state education benefits for all members.

State Tuition Assistance

Although not all states offer payment of TA, many states have additional tuition incentives, which are offered at varying amounts. Visit the ANG Benefits website to determine your state benefits.

Air Force (Activated Guard and Reserve)

If activated you will become eligible for the Air Force Tuition Assistance for Active Duty and Activated Reserve/Guard. This TA program offers 100 percent tuition and fees not to exceed:

  • $250 per semester credit hour or
  • $166 per quarter credit hour
  • $4,000 per fiscal year.
Reserve

Many members of the Selected Reserve are eligible for up to 100 percent tuition assistance for college courses taken during off-duty hours.

Members of the Selective Reserves are eligible for tuition assistance, however each of the Armed Forces determines how to administer their own TA. In addition, each state may offer its National Guard service members state-funded education incentives based on state guidelines and eligibility (i.e., TA, waivers, exemptions, student loan repayment, etc.).

Army Reserve (USAR)

The Army Reserve offers opportunities for selected reserve soldiers to pursue their education on a voluntary basis. Voluntary education plays a vital role in a reservist’s career because it enhances promotional opportunities. Voluntary education differs from military education and training, which is required for MOS/AOC. If you are interested in participating, voluntary education must be completed on personal time with financial assistance provided by the Army Reserve.

Army Reservists may go to GoArmyEd and sign in using their AKO login and password to submit TA requests online.

The USAR offers 100 percent tuition not to exceed:

  • $250 per semester hour, or
  • $166 per quarter hour,
  • $4,500 per year

To be eligible:

  • The soldier must be a drilling reservist in good standing.
  • The soldier must declare an educational goal leading to a credential higher than current degree level.
  • Enlisted soldiers and warrant officers must have sufficient time remaining on their term of service to complete the course before separation.
  • Commissioned officers must have at least four years of Selected Reserve service remaining from the date of completion of the course for which tuition assistance is provided.
  • The soldier must enroll for the independent study course following Army Reserve procedures.

Contact your local Army Reserve Education Office for assistance with TA or any other voluntary education assistance.

Air Force Reserve (USAFR)

In an effort to support the professional and education goals of Air Force Reservists, the Air Force provides several voluntary education programs for its reserve members.

USAFR offers 100 percent tuition assistance for undergraduate degree programs, not to exceed:

  • $250 per semester hour, or
  • $166.67 per quarter hour
  • $4,500 annually

USAFR offers 75 percent tuition assistance for graduate degree programs, not to exceed:

  • $250 per semester hour, or
  • $166 per quarter hour
  • $4,500 annually

Visit the Air Force Reserve Website or the Air Force Education Services Programs website for more information. Contact your education service officer for information on how to apply for tuition assistance and other programs.

Coast Guard Reserve (USCGR)

Coast Guard Reserve units have integrated with active duty sites, so in the spirit of “Team Coast Guard,” USCG reservists have access to all of the educational programs available to active duty members. The Coast Guard Institute website has a complete synopsis of available programs and applications.

The Coast Guard offers selected reservists 100 percent tuition assistance, not to exceed:

  • $250 per semester hour, or
  • $166.67 per quarter hour
  • $4,000 annually

Contact your Coast Guard ESO for information on how to apply for tuition assistance and other programs.

Marine Corps Reserve (USMCR)

There are currently no TA programs for the Marine Corps Reserve. However, if you are activated under Title 10 then you qualify for the active duty Marine Corps TA.

Navy Reserve (USNR)

There are currently no TA programs for the Navy Reserve. However, if you are activated under Title 10 then you qualify for the active duty Navy TA.