What is Tuition Assistance?

What is Tuition Assistance?

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.

Who is Eligible?

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:

  • Must have been onboard at least one year at first permanent duty station or granted a waiver by the CO or OIC before using TA (NAVADMIN 190/14).
  • Must be on active duty for the duration of the course term.
  • Attend an institution accredited by a regional or national accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
  • Prior to submitting first TA request, receive counseling from a Navy College Education Counselor from an OCONUS Navy College Office (NCO) or from the Navy College Virtual Education Center (NCVEC).
  • Submit an education plan listing all courses required for program completion and receive education plan approval from a Navy College Education Counselor.
  • Ensure that grades are posted in MyNavy Education for all previous TA funded courses, and reimburse TA funds for all collectible grades.
  • Officers must agree to remain on active duty for at least two years from the completion date of their last TA funded course. This obligation runs concurrently with any 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.

Naval Reservists must also meet the following requirements for TA eligibility:

  • Must have completed one year at their Navy Operational Support Center or equivalent to use TA funds.
  • Enlisted Naval Reservists must be ordered to active duty for 120 days or more and be on active duty for the duration of the course. Naval Reserve Officers must be ordered to active duty for two years beyond the course end date.

Note: Beginning 1 October 2019 in accordance with NAVADMIN 114/19:

  • Active duty enlisted Sailors and Officers, including Naval Reservists, must have a minimum of two years of military service before becoming eligible to use TA or NCPACE funding.

What is Covered?

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).

  • High School diploma or equivalency certificate
  • Associate degree
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Master's degree
  • Certificate programs, certification preparation program or diploma program approved by the Department of Veterans Affairs

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.

What are the TA Caps?

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)

Note: Beginning 1 October 2019, in accordance with NAVADMIN 114/19:

  • TA and NCPACE DL will be limited to a fiscal year cap of 12 semester hours, 18 quarter hours, or 180 clock hours (or combination). The fiscal year cap applies to both TA and NCPACE DL combined.
  • TA and NCPACE DL will be limited to a lifetime cap of 120 semester hours, 180 quarter hours, 1800 clock hours (or combination). The lifetime credit cap applies to both TA and NCPACE DL combined.

What is MyNavy Education?

MyNavy Education small square with diagonal arrow extending from it 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.”