Tuition Assistance (TA) is the Navy's primary financial assistance program for voluntary education. TA provides funding to eligible active duty Sailors for tuition costs of courses taken in an off-duty status at a college, university, or vocational/technical institution, whose regional or national accreditation is recognized by the U.S. 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 can be administered in semester hours, quarter hours or clock hours and be on the list of programs approved by the Department of Veterans Affairs (NAVADMIN 219/16). Credit earned must be documented on the institution's transcript.
Navy TA is available to eligible active duty Sailors and to eligible Naval Reservists serving in an active duty status.
To qualify for TA, Sailors must meet the following requirements:
Naval Reservists must also meet the following requirements for TA eligibility:
Note: Beginning 1 October 2019 in accordance with NAVADMIN 114/19:
Tuition Assistance may be used for the following programs granted by Academic Institutions who have signed a Department of Defense Memorandum of Understanding (DOD MOU).
Tuition Assistance will only cover tuition up to the allotted per credit limit and up to the fiscal year cap. TA does NOT cover books and materials, Academic Institution 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 class ends, if you withdraw from 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 TA funds already paid.
Payment for tuition will not exceed the following caps:
Note: Beginning 1 October 2019, in accordance with NAVADMIN 114/19:
MyNavy Education is the central portal for Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard Tuition Assistance processing. A Sailor submits a TA application through MyNavy Education each term. Courses that have different term start or end dates MUST be requested on separate TA applications. Each service branch authorizes their respective TA applications. Sailors can access MyNavy Education through the Navy College Program website under “Quick Links.”