What is Tuition Assistance?

What is Tuition Assistance?

Tuition Assistance (TA) is the Navy's educational financial assistance program. It provides active duty Sailors funding for tuition costs for courses taken in an off-duty status at a college, university, or vocational/technical institution, whose regional or national accreditation is recognized by the US Department of Education.

Navy TA pays for both classroom and independent study/distance learning courses. Associate, bachelor's, and master's-level courses must be offered in semester hours or quarter hours (NAVADMIN 105/10). Certificate programs must be offered in clock hours and be approved by the Department of Veterans Affairs, (NAVADMIN305/12). Credit earned must be documented on the institution's transcript.

Who is Eligible?

TA is available to active duty Sailors and the following Naval Reservists:

  • Enlisted Naval Reservists ordered to active duty for 120 days or more.
  • Naval Reserve Officers ordered to active duty for two years beyond the course term end date.

To qualify, Sailors must:

  • be on active duty for the duration of the course term.
  • attend an institution accredited by a regional, national, or professional accrediting agency recognized by the US Department of Education.
  • receive counseling from a Navy College Education Counselor (Navy College Office or the Navy College Virtual Education Center (NCVEC)).
  • provide grades from all previous TA funded courses and reimburse all collectable grades. (Withdrawals for involuntary reasons may be granted an indebtedness waiver.)
  • agree, if an officer, to remain on active duty for at least two years upon completion of the course(s) term end date. This obligation runs concurrently with remaining obligated service time. Officers who do not complete the required service obligation must repay the TA funds expended on their behalf during the last two years of active duty on a pro-rated basis.

What is Covered?

Tuition Assistance may be used for the following programs:

  • High School diploma or equivalency certificate
  • Vocational/technical programs
  • Undergraduate programs
  • Graduate programs
  • Certificate programs

Tuition assistance will cover only tuition.

Tuition assistance does NOT cover books and course materials, flight training fees, retakes of the same course, or CEUs. Additionally, TA will not fund your courses if you leave the service before the course ends, you quit the course for reasons other than personal illness, military transfer or mission requirements, or if you fail the course. In the event one of these situations occurs, you will have to provide reimbursement for any funds already paid.

What are the Caps?

There is a fiscal year credit limit of 16 semester hours, 24 quarter hours or 240 clock hours (or a combination thereof) per individual.

Payment for tuition will not exceed the following caps:

  • $250.00 per semester hour
  • $166.67 per quarter hour
  • $16.67 per clock hour (for approved certificate/diploma programs only)

What is My Education/WebTA?

My Education small square with diagonal arrow extending from it is the central module for Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard Tuition Assistance processing. A Service member submits a WebTA application via the My Education module each time TA is requested for a specific term. If your courses have a different term beginning and/or ending date, you must submit each course on a separate WebTA application. Each service branch authorizes their respective WebTA applications. For Sailors, the My Education module is accessed through the Navy College Program website.