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Every Active, Guard and Reserve Soldier is capable of earning a college degree. Army Continuing Education System (ACES) is here to help you access:

  • Academic planning and counseling services to help you navigate your path
  • Funds for college including Tuition Assistance (TA)
  • Testing services, including CLEP and DANTES tests that turn your knowledge and experience into college credit
  • Academic Basic Skill building courses, including Math and English to prepare you for college
  • Tutoring and writing services to help succeed in your classes Math and English to prepare you for college

On this page learn more about your options and the steps for getting started. When you are ready, select "Get Started" to create your GoArmyEd account.

Plan your career
chevron Pick your degree and school
After you create an account, when you are ready to start your college degree you will first need to select the Request TA Eligible Role smart link on your GoArmyEd homepage. This will launch VIA. VIA is a required career, degree, and school planning application.
  • VIA asks questions to learn more about your interests, values, and preferences
  • VIA recommends and lets you compare career paths using trusted data sources
  • VIA then recommends and lets you compare degrees and schools that will help you prepare for your career path
  • Use VIA’s advanced search options if you already know your career, degree or school.
  • After you select your goals VIA routes your choices to an Army Education Counselor for review and approval.
Talk to a counselor
Learn about the options for your future

Army Education Counselors are available for in-person advising at most Army Education Centers or through telephone and email consultations.
  • Counselors provide additional advising on degree and school options for Soldiers before they submit final selections in VIA
  • They introduce Soldiers to additional educational resources to help Soldiers prepare for college
  • Counselors help you overcome any road blocks standing in the way of your education
To reach an Army Education Counselor, contact an Education Center closest to you.
Acknowledge Your Electronic Statement of Understanding
What is it, Why is it important?

After your degree and school is approved by a counselor, GoArmyEd will prompt you to review and agree to a Statement of Understanding (SOU) prior to using TA. The SOU confirms you understand your obligations when using TA. Some examples of SOU terms include:
  • TA will pay for up to $250/semester hour of coursework 16 semester hours per year
  • The annual limit "resets" on 1st of October each year
  • Unused portions of TA do not roll over from one year to the next
  • Soldiers must receive a passing grade on their TA-funded courses by the course end-date or they will be required to repay the Army
  • Officers incur a continuing service obligation each time they use TA benefits which must be repaid if the Officer leaves the Army before the obligation end date
  • Soldiers may only use TA for courses they advance them toward an approved degree plan
Contact your selected school
Submit your transcripts and get ready to take classes

Verify with your school that you have been admitted to the degree program you selected through VIA. Request school and military transcripts be sent to your college or university immediately.
  • Your school Registrar's Office will use your transcripts to award you credit for prior training and learning and create an official degree plan
  • Your degree plan specifies the courses you still need to take to earn your degree
  • You may be required to upload a copy of your degree plan to GoArmyEd and input the course number and course title of the courses you plan to take in the GoArmyEd Course Planner. Some schools provide this information to GoArmyEd for you
  • If you are required to complete a Course Planner, an Army Education Counselor will review and approve it to ensure that TA is only paying for courses that advance you toward your degree goal
  • You must obtain a degree plan before completing 6 semester hours of course work at your school
Fund your Education
Apply for tuition assistance and other financial help

You are ready to start taking the courses that will prepare you for your career goal. The Army has several funding options available to help you pay for your investment in education including:
  • Federal Tuition Assistance (TA) which pays $250 per semester hour and 16 Semester Hours per year for college courses that are part of your approved degree plan
  • GI Bill programs
  • The Loan Repayment Program
  • Top-up
Access education resources
Extra training, certifications, facilities

The Army Continuing Education System is committed to your long-term professional development and offers many programs in addition to Tuition Assistance benefits to help you prepare for your future.
  • College Success Resources to help you succeed in College
  • Training Resources offer credit and no-credit bearing learning opportunities
  • FAST (Functional Academic Skills Training) to improve on the job performance and increase reenlistment options
  • Credentialing - COOL to help Soldiers find information on certifications and Licensures related to their Military Occupational Specialties (MOS), and meet civilian certification and license requirements
  • Army Education Centers provide local support for Soldiers, including classes and Counselors ready to discuss your education and training options
  • Multi Use Learning Facilities are technology based facilities at Army Education Centers that provide training, education and support materials to develop and sustain jo-related and leadership skills
  • provides online tutoring at no cost to Department of Defense service members
Take Advantage of Help and Support
Helpdesk resources, FAQ's, reference guides

GoArmyEd has many training and support options available to help answer frequently asked questions and guide you through common processes like requesting TA. Help resources include:
  • Use the GoArmyEd Assistance Center to search for help on navigating GoArmyEd. This is only available to users logged in to their GoArmyEd account
  • GoArmyEd Technology Support FAQs provide information on the browsers supported by GoArmyEd and solutions to common technical issues
  • Pocket Reference Guide is a printable wallet-sized reference document with step-by-step instructions for completing TA requests
  • GoArmyEd Helpdesk is available by phone Monday - Friday 7:00am to 7:00pm ET or through helpdesk cases 24/7