Tuition Assistance Overview/Eligibility
The Tuition Assistance (TA) program provides financial assistance for voluntary
off-duty education programs in support of a Soldier's professional and personal
self-development goals. TA is available for courses that are offered in the
classroom or by distance learning and is part of an approved academic
degree or certificate program. The courses must be offered by schools
that are registered in GoArmyEd, are accredited by accrediting agencies
that are recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and are signatories
to the current Department of Defense Memorandum of Understanding (DOD MOU).
For academic programs, Associate’s, Bachelor’s, or Master’s degree, TA
may not be used for a lower or lateral degree program from the one the
Soldier currently possesses. In addition to degree programs, TA is available
to Soldiers to complete a high school diploma and to complete certificate
programs. TA is not authorized for programs of study beyond a master's degree.
All eligible Soldiers will request TA through GoArmyEd.
By law, officers who use TA incurs a service obligation. Active Duty officers
incur an Active Duty Service Obligation (ADSO) of two years, and Reserve
Component officers incur a Reserve Duty Service Obligation (RDSO) of four
years. The ADSO/RDSO is calculated from the date of completion of the
last course for which TA was used.
Non-Army Service members must obtain TA through their branch of Service.
This policy has been mutually agreed upon by all Services.
Further details on the provisions of TA are found in AR 621-5 and policy documents signed by the Director, Army Continuing Education System.
Tuition Assistance Rates/Fees
The Department of Defense (DoD) has directed a uniform per semester
hour cap of $250 for tuition assistance (TA) and an annual ceiling of $4,500.
The Services are authorized to establish Service specific eligibility criteria
to manage TA funds. The Army will pay 100 percent of tuition costs up to
the DoD semester hour cap of $250 per semester hour cap for up to 16
semester hours of TA funded courses per fiscal year. School fee charges
of any type are no longer eligible for funding with TA.
Current Army policy limits TA to 130 semester hours of undergraduate
credit or baccalaureate degree, whichever comes first and 39 semester
hours of graduate credit or master's degree whichever comes first. The
39 semester hour limit applies to all credits taken after completion of a baccalaureate degree.
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Tuition Assistance Procedures
- Soldiers’ TA enrollment requests must be submitted and approved through
www.GoArmyEd.com prior to the course start date; any enrollments requested
on or after the class start date will be approved as Soldier funded.
TA is requested on a course-by-course basis, and each course must be part of an approved degree program.
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.
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.
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.
Soldiers must acknowledge and electronically sign the TA Statement
of Understanding (TA SOU) each quarter they wish to use TA.