Military Tuition Assistance (TA)
Many military personnel, whether or not eligible to participate under the Veterans Readjustment Benefits Act or other veterans benefits program, may wish to attend Central Texas College Pacific Far East Campus (CTC PFEC) under the Military Tuition Assistance program.
Active duty military students approved under this program will have a portion of tuition cost (currently 100%) paid by the government but will be responsible for paying any remaining amounts such as all fees and book costs.
Recipients of Military Tuition Assistance should make sure that they are familiar with all conditions of the TA program. For example, the student may be required to repay the TA money if the course is not satisfactorily completed in a reasonable timeframe. Further information about such conditions may be obtained from your local CTC PFEC Representative, Education Center, or Navy Campus office. For more information, Contact a PFEC office near you.
The Air Force, Army, Navy, and Marines all have Military Tuition Assistance programs. Eligible students attending classes at CTC PFEC should complete the appropriate service form and deliver it to their servicing Education Center or Navy Campus office. The signature of the student's unit commander (or authorized representative) and the appropriate Education Center or Navy Campus representative are required before registration.
Financial Aid for Military Spouses
Financial aid for military spouses may be available for Air Force spouses through the Air Force Aid Society, for Army spouses through the Army Aid Society, and for Navy and Marine spouses through the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society. Assistance is based on need. Military spouses should check with these agencies well in advance of the scheduled registration period. Ask the CTC PFEC representative at your site for details.
Most CTC PFEC programs are approved for those who wish to attend and receive benefits under the Veterans Readjustment Benefits Act of 1966, Post-Vietnam Veterans Educational Assistance Program, the Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 1984, Chapter 1606-Selective Reserve, Chapter 1607-Reserve Education Assistance Program, Chapter 30-VA Education Bill of 1986 (Montgomery GI Bill), Chapter 31-Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E), Chapter 33-Post 9/11 GI Bill, and family members qualified for VA educational benefits (Chapter 35-Dependants' Educational Assistance). Students claiming Veterans Benefits need to fill out the CTC Veterans Enrollment Certificate each term when they register for classes. See the CTC PFEC representative at your site for more information.
The Federal Pell Grant is authorized by the Higher Education Act Amendments of 1972 to assist students in pursuing their first undergraduate degree. The intent of the Federal Pell Grant is to provide a foundation of financial assistance to supplement the cost of post secondary education. The amount of the Pell award is based on the actual cost of the student's education while attending CTC PFEC. Applications are available from your local CTC PFEC representative.
(Note - Currently not available at CTC PFEC)
If approved for a Stafford Loan, undergraduate students may borrow up to $2,625 during their freshman year (0-30 credit hours on the student's CTC degree plan) and $3,500 during their sophomore year (31-60 credit hours on the student's CTC degree plan). These are loans obtained by the student from a lending agency outside CTC such as a bank, savings and loan association, or credit union that participates in the Federal Family Student Loan Program. The government will pay the interest charge while the student is enrolled at least half-time. Repayment begins six months after leaving school.
Interested students should obtain detailed information and application forms directly from the lending institution or the CTC PFEC Student Services Office.
Loans must be repaid. Students who are awarded Stafford Loans (GSL) must attend a pre-loan counseling session which provides additional information about the loan program such as monthly repayment, deferment, grace period, and cancellation. The applicant will be advised of the disbursement procedures during the counseling session. Students receiving loans must advise the college when leaving CTC. At that time, the student must have an exit interview regarding rights, responsibilities, and loan repayment scheduling.