The U.S. Armed Forces offers soldiers, sailors, marines, guardsman, and airmen several programs to support their education goals including up to 100% Tuition Assistance for college courses taken during off-duty hours. Currently, the maximum amount paid for tuition assistance is not to exceed $250 per semester hour or $4,500 annually. Military services will pay tuition and authorized fees charged by a college up to the established limits. Military 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).

For your specific policies and information, refer to your local command. For general branch specific information and guidelines see below:

Active Duty or Activated Service Members

 

NG & Reserve Service Members

 

Active Duty or Activated Service Members

Air Force

Application Process

Initial Counseling

All Airmen must complete initial counseling prior to requesting Tuition Assistance (TA) for the first time. Please contact an Education Guidance Counselor.

Accessing the Air Force Virtual Education Center (AFVEC) Account

  1. Login to the Air Force Portal
  2. Under “Force Development", click on Virtual Education Center.
  3. Click on “My Education Records” to view profile for accuracy.
  4. Contact Education Technician or Guidance Counselor if any corrections are needed.

 

You must apply for Tuition Assistance online using the Air Force Virtual Education Center. This must be done through the Air Force Portal at https://www.my.af.mil/. There are six steps to completing the AFVEC online TA process. As you progress through the steps there will be checkmark on the form that indicates that you have successfully completed the step and can proceed.

The Air Force's "Virtual Education Center" Online TA Request

The advantages of this new system are that there are no lines, the forms are simple and intuitive, and you can complete the entire process without having to drive to your local education center. In addition, it increases efficiency by allowing you to track and manage your TA requests and account directly through your AFVEC logon.

Before you can access the online TA request process, you must create a user name and password on the AFVEC. This can be done through the Air Force Portal at https://www.my.af.mil/.

AFVEC Step One – Apply for TA

Go to Self Service Options and click “Apply for TA. Identify Education Center and select an Enrollment Reason. Enrollment Reason options are available for the Air Force to better determine why you choose to utilize TA for off-duty education. Please select the reason that best identifies why you are using TA. Definitions of each of the four options are available to help you make a selection.

AFVEC Step Two - Select the School Name (Civilian Institution)

Select the school or civilian institution that you will be attending from the list provided. If the school you wish to attend is not available in the list, you must report to the your base education office to obtain the TA form.

AFVEC Step Three – Enter and Verify Term Dates

Enter the beginning and end dates for the term you will be taking. Please note that term dates are inclusive dates of a specific term and do not necessarily represent the exact start date for your specific course (i.e., term starts on Jan 1, 2013 but your course does not start until Jan 17, 2013). The dates must be exact or the TA will be disapproved.

AFVEC Step Four - Enter and Verify the Course Information

Enter the course information by either selecting from a preloaded course catalog or by manually entering the course information. If you try to enter a course and find that it is not in the database, you will be required to enter the information manually. You can get this information by viewing your institution's student handbook or website.

Note: If your local education center is maintaining a current course catalog and the term dates you have selected match, then a list of courses will appear in a pop up window. Select the course you are enrolling for by clicking on the course number hyperlink. The Course Data Form will either automatically be populated based on a course you selected in the catalog.

Continue to add courses to the form until you have added all courses that you will be taking for that SCHOOL and TERM. Verify course titles.

Note: If you attend school at multiple locations or attending multiple schools, you must use multiple TA forms (i.e., one for on-base, one for off-base).

AFVEC Step Five - Enter the Registration Fees

Select the registration fees from the drop down list. These fees are only paid by the Air Force if payment of these fees is MANDATORY as a condition of enrollment. Enter each fee type and cost separately.

AFVEC Step Six - Verify TA Information and Submit Request

Verify that all of the TA information on the form is correct. Be careful to note school, term and course information to ensure that the information provided is accurate. Use the back buttons to correct any errors.

If AFVEC finds that TA cannot cover some or all of the tuition, you will be notified and given the option to elect the "VA Top-up" GI Bill option. Follow the link to verify your eligibility. You may use this option to supplement any cost not covered by TA if you are GI Bill qualified. Lastly, make sure your email address is updated! This is the address where all communications between you and the education office will occur. You must use your military account unless you do not have one.

Be sure to read each of the conditions and certifications. You must agree to all conditions and certifications by checking them off prior to submitting your application for approval. Once you have agreed to all conditions and certifications, enter your full name and "MY AFVEC" password to submit.

Your application will be submitted to your local education center for final approval/disapproval. Do not factor this TA into defraying tuition costs until you receive final approval from the education center.

The TA Approval Process:

  • The Education Office has 48 hours to approve the TA.
  • The Education Office will email the TA Approval to students.
  • To check approval, revisit the AFVEC to view your enrollments and to digitally sign your Tuition Assistance.
  • Command-approved Tuition Assistance Applications will still need to be sent via fax or e-mail in situations where Tuition Assistance will not be authorized by the registration/payment deadline.
  • Once the TA has been approved, print it and submit it to CTC using one of the methods listed below

 

After your request is approved

  • You will receive notification of approved TA form.
  • The approved TA form will have both the approval official's and your digitally signed signatures.
  • You MUST send a copy of the approved TA form to your school. CTC can print out the TA form for you upon request from the student.

 

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.
  • 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 degree plan in records.

 

Exceptions:

  • TA will be provided for a civilian college associate degree even if you have a CCAF associate degree provided you do not possess a civilian associate or higher degree.
  • You are no longer required to obtain your supervisor's signature on your TA form; however, you are expected to discuss your schedule with your supervisor to ensure that participation has their support.

 

From your duty station, you can obtain contact information on your education office from this link.

https://rso.my.af.mil/afvecprod/

Additional Information

After you have completed your tuition assistance form and registered for class, you may still drop/change courses without penalty as long as you notify both the base education center and the school. If you drop a course after the drop/ add period, you must still notify the Base Education Center and CTC but you are liable for the cost of tuition, unless you qualify for waiver of tuition assistance reimbursement.

Army

Tuition Assistance Procedures

  • The enrollment window is open a maximum of two months before a class start date.
  • Base your search on your degree map criteria to ensure you select classes that fulfill your degree requirements.
  • One year of service following graduation from either AIT, OCS or BOLC.
  • 16 credit hours per Fiscal Year.

 

Application Process

1. Soldiers must request TA through www.GoArmyEd.com prior to the course start date or before the school’s late registration period.
2. TA is requested on a course-by-course basis.
3. The TA request will be routed to an Army Education Counselor/Reserve ESS to be reviewed and approved. 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.

Note: Self-Pay, some students will be responsible for all or a portion of the cost of the class. If payment is required, self-pay the balance not covered by TA directly to your school (see payment options)

4. All drops/withdrawals must take place through GoArmyEd. Soldiers who do not successfully complete a class will be required to repay the TA. Soldiers who are unable to successfully complete a class due to military reasons must request a Withdrawal for Military Reasons through GoArmyEd and complete all required steps to ensure that they will not be charged.
5. If the Soldier wishes to take a class with a school that does not participate in the electronic GoArmyEd class schedule, a TA Request Authorization form must be completed in GoArmyEd. The TA Request Authorization will be routed to an Army Education Counselor to be reviewed and approved. Soldiers should allow extra time for this. If the TA Request Authorization is approved, the Soldier will be notified by email. Soldiers must print the approved TA Request Authorization form in GoArmyEd, provide it to the school and enroll directly with the school.
6. Soldiers must submit a signed TA Statement of Understanding (TA SOU) each year. Soldiers in the rank of E7 or above do not need their commander's signature.. However, by signing this document they agree to the terms of this TA SOU. Soldiers in the rank of E6 or below must have their commander's signature. GoArmyEd will send a notice to students 90 days before the due date.

For more information about the Army's automated TA process, visit www.GoArmyEd.com or http://www.ctcd.edu/locations/europe/students/goarmyed/

For a detailed guide to enrolling in courses using GAE download GAE course enrollment guide.

Marines

Login to WebTA https://myeducation.netc.navy.mil

Application Process

  • Minimum time in service of 24 months per active duty base date.
  • Must complete Marine Corps Institute(MCI) Personal Financial Management (Course ID 3420G).
  • - Must have a minimum GT score of 100 or a minimum TABE score of 10.2.
  • 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.
  • 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.

 

TA Orientation (PowerPoint). To save to disk, right click and select "Save Target As." When you have completed the orientation print this blank certificate, complete and sign it, and submit it to your appropriate Education Center when you apply for TA for the first time. Once completed, 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 at CTC.

 

  • To ensure your TA voucher is accurate, you must secure a statement of fees notice from your military admissions advisor. The statement of fees notice outlines your start/ending dates, course cost, total credits and out of pocket expenses.
  • Students taking more than one course can submit one TA form if all their courses have the same start date.
  • Proper signatures from your Education Services Officer (ESO) and Command Representative are required, as well as your own signature.
  • Once the TA has been approved, print it and submit it to CTC using one of the methods listed below
  • Once a Marine is enrolled with TA he or she must submit a degree plan before exceeding 12 semester hours.

 

Note: Please do not send the Application for Tuition Assistance to CTC; this is not the approved TA form.

If this is your first time setting up tuition assistance, or if you have relocated to a new base, you may need additional educational counseling from your Education Center/Lifelong Learning Center in person, by phone, or via email.

If this is your first time setting up tuition assistance, or if you have relocated to a new base, you may need additional educational counseling from your Navy College Office in person, by phone, or via email. Please contact your direct Supervisor or Navy College Office for more information.

Navy Website Information:
http://www.navycollege.navy.mil/tuition-assistance/index.htm

Application Process

  • Contact your Navy College Office to receive educational counseling in person, by phone or email. With your Navy College advisor, determine which courses will be requested for TA funding.
  • Login to WebTA https://myeducation.netc.navy.mil
  • Once the TA has been approved, print it and submit it to a Central Texas College Representative.

 

Coast Guard

Application Process

The management of TA is centralized at the USCG Institute through a consolidated tuition assistance processing system managed by the U.S. Naval Education and Training Professional Development and Technology Center (NETPDTC) in Pensacola, Florida.

Login to WebTA https://myeducation.netc.navy.mil

Once the TA has been approved, print it and submit it to a Central Texas College Representative.

NG & Reserve Service Members

Members of the National Guard and Armed Forces Reserves are eligible for Tuition Assistance dependent upon the military branch. Each branch of the Armed Forces determines how to administer their own Tuition Assistance (TA). NG and Reserve TA funding is dependent on having money in the budget. Once the money is depleted for the fiscal year, TA funding stops until money becomes available again. 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.).

Air National Guard (ANG)

The Air National Guard offers the Montgomery G.I. Bill, which you may be eligible to receive. This will provide you with up to $333 per month depending on your course load. We also have the Montgomery G.I. Bill Kicker, which means that selected career fields offer an incentive, which could provide you with an additional $350 per month. Also, some states offer up to 100% tuition assistance! Your local recruiter can provide you with more information.

You can use FTA with other financial assistance programs (like state waivers and the GI Bill), but there may be restrictions. For more information about tuition assistance in your state, click on your state (link will take you to U.S. map) to contact personnel in the State Education Office, or ask your recruiter.

Using State Benefits

State Benefit Examples:

STATE: TEXAS
Education Benefits:100% tuition not to exceed $4,500.00 per semester. Maximum of 12 semester hours per semester. Not to exceed 5 academic years or 10 semesters, whichever comes first.

STATE: NEW YORK
Education Benefits (RIRP): Paid tuition for credit-bearing courses. Minimum enrollment for part-time is 6 credit hours per semester or at least 4 semester hours per quarter. Members may receive no more than 8 semesters of full-time study, 4 academic years, or 10 semesters if program requires 5 years to complete. This competitive program will pay the cost of tuition up to a maximum of $4,350 per calendar year for eligible qualified applicants.

To apply for the RIRP, a Service Member must:

  1. Obtain a Letter of Acceptance from the college or university that they wish to attend.
  2. Complete the FAFSA (PELL), and apply for TAP and any other Financial Aid.
  3. Complete the RIRP application in accordance with DMNA Regulation 621-1.
  4. Complete and file the Memorandum of Understanding in accordance with DMNA Reg 621-1
  5. Submit the RIRP application to their military unit full-time representative or appropriate Education Service Representative.

 

Applications (DMNA Form 96-1) must be received by the appropriate Education Service Representative at DMNA Headquarters by 15 August for the Fall semester and 15 December for the Spring semester. See your Education Service Representative for Summer semester guidance.

Air Force Reserve (USAFR)

Apply through the Air Force Portal https://www.my.af.mil/

Student must have a high school diploma or equivalent. To apply for tuition assistance, please go to the Air Force Portal. 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).

Once the TA has been approved, print it and submit it to a Central Texas College Representative.

Army National Guard (ARNG)

Federal Tuition Assistance

The National Guard supports your civilian educational dreams and goals, and can help you pay your tuition. Federal Tuition Assistance (FTA) (as opposed to those opportunities which may exist in your state) is available through GoArmyEd and has these current caps:

  • $250/semester hour up to $4,500/fiscal year
  • 150 semester credits or bachelor's degree—whichever comes first
  • 45 semester hours after a bachelor’s degree or master's degree—whichever comes first (once you have a master's degree, you are no longer eligible for FTA)

 

Application Process

GoArmyEd provides you with the ability to apply for FTA online and manage your education record—anytime/anywhere. To establish an account, go to GoArmyEd, click on the “New User” button on the bottom of the page and follow the instructions. Make sure to follow all the instructions, provide the necessary information and participate in the required training.

Note:

  • Tuition Assistance (TA) requests MUST be submitted before the class starts or no later than the final day of the school’s late registration period.
  • Depending on the school you attend, you will be presented with one of two enrollment paths. GoArmyEd will determine your path automatically, and all approved TA will be paid directly to your school by the Army upon successful class completion.

 

For more information about the Army's automated TA process, visit www.GoArmyEd.com or http://www.ctcd.edu/locations/europe/students/goarmyed/

Using State Benefits

You can use FTA with other financial assistance programs (like state waivers and the GI Bill), but there may be restrictions. For more information about tuition assistance in your state, click on your state (link will take you to U.S. map) to contact personnel in the State Education Office, or ask your recruiter.

State Benefit Examples:

STATE: TEXAS
Education Benefits:100% tuition not to exceed $4,500.00 per semester. Maximum of 12 semester hours per semester. Not to exceed 5 academic years or 10 semesters, whichever comes first.

STATE: NEW YORK
Education Benefits (RIRP): Paid tuition for credit-bearing courses. Minimum enrollment for part-time is 6 credit hours per semester or at least 4 semester hours per quarter. Members may receive no more than 8 semesters of full-time study, 4 academic years, or 10 semesters if program requires 5 years to complete. This competitive program will pay the cost of tuition up to a maximum of $4,350 per calendar year for eligible qualified applicants.

To apply for the RIRP, a Service Member must:

 

  1. Obtain a Letter of Acceptance from the college or university that they wish to attend.
  2. Complete the FAFSA (PELL), and apply for TAP and any other Financial Aid.
  3. Complete the RIRP application in accordance with DMNA Regulation 621-1.
  4. Complete and file the Memorandum of Understanding. in accordance with DMNA Reg 621-1
  5. Submit the RIRP application to their military unit full-time representative or appropriate Education Service Representative.

 

Applications (DMNA Form 96-1) must be received by the appropriate Education Service Representative at DMNA Headquarters by 15 August for the Fall semester and 15 December for the Spring semester. See your Education Service Representative for Summer semester guidance.

Army Reserve (USAR)

Federal Tuition Assistance

If you'd like to take college courses while you're in the Army Reserve, they will help you pay for them. Available for approved courses, tuition assistance covers 100% of course costs up to $250 per credit hour up to $4,500 per academic year. Federal Tuition Assistance (FTA) is available through www.GoArmyEd.com and has these current caps:

  • $250/semester hour up to $4,500/fiscal year
  • 150 semester credits or bachelor's degree—whichever comes first
  • 45 semester hours after a bachelor’s degree or master's degree—whichever comes first (once you have a master's degree, you are no longer eligible for FTA)

 

Application Process

GoArmyEd provides you with the ability to apply for FTA online and manage your education record—anytime/anywhere. To establish an account, go to www.GoArmyEd.com, click on the “New User” button on the bottom of the page and follow the instructions. Make sure to follow all the instructions, provide the necessary information and participate in the required training.

Note:

  • Tuition Assistance (TA) requests MUST be submitted before the class starts or no later than the final day of the school’s late registration period.
  • Depending on the school you attend, you will be presented with one of two enrollment paths. www.GoArmyEd.com will determine your path automatically, and all approved TA will be paid directly to your school by the Army upon successful class completion

 

For more information about the Army's automated TA process, visit www.GoArmyEd.com or http://www.ctcd.edu/locations/europe/students/goarmyed/

Marine Corps Reserve (USMCR)

Marine Reserves does NOT offer Tuition Assistance. Both the Navy and Marine Corps Reserves do not currently offer their traditional service members Tuition Assistance. However, once called to active duty, Marines and sailors fall under the Federal Tuition Assistance program of their active duty counterparts for the duration of the activation

Naval Reserve (USNR)

Navy Reserves does NOT offer Tuition Assistance. Both the Navy and Marine Corps Reserves do not currently offer their traditional service members Tuition Assistance. However, once called to active duty, Marines and sailors fall under the Federal Tuition Assistance program of their active duty counterparts for the duration of the activation.

Coast Guard Reserve (USCGR)

See http://www.uscg.mil/hq/cg1/cgi/reservist/tuition_and_grants.asp#1 for details.

Submitting Tuition Assistance Forms to CTC

There are many ways to submit your TA form:

 

VA Benefits

For Veteran’s Benefits see http://www.ctcd.edu/locations/europe/students/services/va-benefits/

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