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.
TA is available to active duty Sailors and the following Naval Reservists:
To qualify, Sailors must:
Tuition Assistance may be used for the following programs granted by Academic Institutions (AIs) who have signed a Department of Defense Memorandum of Understanding (DOD MOU).
Tuition Assistance will cover only tuition. TA does NOT cover books and materials, Academic Institution (AI) fees (to include flight training), nor retakes of the same course. Please check with your institution regarding any fees or other costs. 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.
In accordance with NAVADMIN 127/18, effective 1 June 2018, there is a fiscal year cap of $4,500 per individual. This fiscal year cap applies to both TA and NCPACE DL combined.
Payment for tuition will not exceed the following caps:
My Education 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.