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If you’re looking for military tuition assistance information, you’ve come to the right place! The Military Tuition Assistance (TA) Program is one of several financial aid programs that may be available to qualifying military members—including some active duty, national guard and eligible reservists. If you qualify, TA could be an invaluable tool to help you fund your education.
Before we get into the specifics of the benefits and requirements for each military branch, let’s take a look at some common questions about military tuition assistance.
Tuition Assistance is a federal program offered by the different military service branches, while the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) offers a variety of different education benefit programs to qualifying servicemembers. Some programs, such as Montgomery GI Bill® Active Duty (MGIB-AD) benefits or the Post-9/11 GI Bill ® can be used to supplement fees not covered by TA. While military TA is only offered to active duty military members, Post-9/11 GI Bill ® Funds are available to eligible veterans.
Different military branches maintain different guidelines (which you can find below) but generally speaking, you may apply TA benefits towards vocational/technical programs, undergraduate programs, some graduate programs, independent study and distance learning programs. The institution that you study at should be accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the Department of Education.
In order to qualify for TA, you must have enough time remaining in service to compete the course that you are applying for. Once you’ve completed the course, you must also fulfill an active duty service obligation that runs parallel with (but not in addition to) any existing service obligation you have.
Yes. Your base's education officer can limit your course load. Also, keep in mind that TA is approved on a course-by-course basis. Each class you plan to take must be approved, even if taken during the same semester.
For more general information on military tuition assistance, visit: militaryonesource.mil/voluntary-education-service-members?content_id=268274
The Army’s tuition assistance program was developed to provide financial assistance to active duty soldiers who are interested in furthering their professional and personal goals.
For more information on eligibility, visit: goarmyed.com/public/public_money_for_college-tuition_assistance.aspx
The Air Force Tuition Assistance program is designed to help active-duty personnel pursue voluntary, off-duty educational endeavors.
For more information on Navy benefits, visit: airforce.com/benefits/enlisted-education/
Marine Tuition Assistance is available to eligible active duty and active reserve marines who are looking to further their education.
For more information on qualifications, visit: marforres.marines.mil/GeneralSpecialStaff/MarineCorpsCommunityServices/MarineFamilyServices/LifelongLearingCenter/TuitionAssistance.aspx
Tuition assistance is currently available to a select group of active duty Coast Guard Personnel
For more information on qualifications, visit: uscg.mil/hq/capemay/education/ta.asp
Tuition Assistance Top-Up was developed by the Department of Veterans Affairs to help cover the difference for tuition and fees for high-cost courses that are not covered fully by TA funds.
To qualify for Top-Up, you must be approved for federal tuition assistance by your military branch, and you must also be eligible for Montgomery GI Bill Active Duty (MGIB-AD) benefits or the Post-9/11 GI Bill. The combined amount of the benefit from TA and Top-Up cannot exceed the total cost of the course.
Click here to apply for Top-Up or other VA benefits.
For more information on the Top-Up Program, visit: gibill.va.gov/resources/education_resources/programs/tuition_assistance_top_up.html
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