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Military Tuition Assistance now varies by each military branch. Kaplan University’s undergraduate tuition rate for servicemembers, including Guard and Reserve, is reduced 55% to $165 per credit hour. Please utilize the information provided below for your respective branch to determine eligibility and how much, if any, out of pocket costs will be required of you. If you have questions, please contact a member of our military student support team or speak to your Educational Service Officer.
Army Tuition Assistance
Information source: Army TA Benefits (click here to learn more)
will be eligible for tuition assistance (TA) upon successfully completing 1 year of service
following graduation from either AIT, OCS, or BOLC. You can take up to 16
semester hours (or 24 quarter credit hours at Kaplan University) of TA-funded
courses per year and can use TA for a graduate degree once you have 10 years of
If TA did not pay for any portion of your
undergraduate degree, the 10-year policy does not apply. You will continue to
receive up to $250 per semester hour for up to 130 semester hours for
completion of a bachelor's degree. For schools
on the quarter system, you will continue
to receive $166 per quarter credit for up to 195 credits to completion of a
bachelor’s degree. You can receive
up to 39 semester hours for completion of a master's degree, or 59 quarter
credits. This will permit soldiers to
complete one degree at the undergraduate or graduate level. TA cannot be used
for a lower or lateral degree, nor can it be used for first-professional
degrees, e.g., PhD, MD, or JD.
The new policy is designed to maximize the use of TA for all soldiers in a
constrained budget environment while continuing to support your professional
and personal self-development goals and to prepare you for your eventual return
to civilian life.
Navy Tuition Assistance
Information source: the United States Navy TA Policy (click here to visit the Navy TA website)
Tuition Assistance (TA) is the Navy's educational
financial assistance program. It provides personnel 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 U.S. Department of Education. (Kaplan University is regionally accredited and does meet this requirement.)
All Navy TA pays
up-front the tuition and specific fees charged by educational institutions for
course enrollments. Navy TA pays 100% of tuition costs for courses applicable
to the completion of a high school diploma or equivalency certificate. For other
education levels, there is a fiscal year credit limit of 16 semester hours, 24
quarter hours, or 240 clock hours (or a combination of) per individual.
Payment for tuition and fees will not exceed
the following caps:
Who is eligible?
TA is available to both Naval officers and enlisted personnel and some Naval reservists on continuous
active duty. It is also available to:
To qualify, servicemembers must:
What fees may be
listed on the TA application to be included in TA funding?
Sailors requesting payment of fees with
tuition are responsible for providing accurate fee information to their Navy
College Office and/or Virtual Education Center when applying for TA.
What are the restrictions?
NETPDTC TA Accounting N814
6490 Saufley Field Road
Pensacola, FL 32509-5241
Air Force Tuition Assistance
Information source: the United States Air Force TA Policy (click here to learn more)
Not to Exceed:
have a high school diploma or equivalent. To apply for tuition assistance (TA),
please go to the Air Force Portal at www.my.af.mil/faf/FAF/fafHome.jsp. In the links on the left find
Air Force Virtual Education Center (AFVEC). This will take you to your
education record. On the right is a menu entitled Self Service Options. Click
on "Apply for TA." You will request Reserve TA (not Military) and your servicing
education center will be ARPC Denver (AFRC).
You will be
unable to apply online for TA if the following applies to you:
is not authorized for courses leading to a lateral or lower level degree than
you already possess (e.g., second associate's or bachelor's degree). TA is not authorized for post-master's degree coursework or degree.
Marine Corps Tuition Assistance
Information source: United States Marine Corps TA (click here to learn more)
Marine TA is available for all active-duty and active reserve Marines.
Each member receives $4,500.00 per fiscal year (October 1 through September 30). There is a cap of
$250 per semester hour, $166.67 per quarter hour (Kaplan University is on the quarter credit hour system), and $16.67 per clock hour. Fees directly required for course enrollment
may be combined with tuition. The Marine Corps will only pay fees that are
published, mandatory, charged for course enrollment, and reimbursable in the
event the student needs to withdraw from the course.
TA is available to reservists on
continuous active duty and their course must end prior to
demobilization/deactivation. TA is offered to officers who agree to remain
on active duty for 2 years. If an officer voluntarily resigns before the 2-year obligation is served, he or she will repay the government a prorated amount of
The following information is
required to apply for tuition assistance:
To qualify, all servicemembers must:
In addition, you must have the following:
Reimbursement of TA funds must be made by money order or
cashier's check payable to U.S. Treasurer and mailed to NETPDTC.
Evaluated Degree Plan or a (SOCMAR/SOCNAV) Required:
After utilizing the TA program for 12 semester hours (or its equivalent of 18 quarter credit hours; no matter if
at a previous duty station), students are required to have an
"evaluated" degree plan. This degree plan is developed by the college
after the college has evaluated the SMART and previous college credits (if
applicable). The degree plan lists all the classes required for the
degree/certificate and what the student still needs to accomplish to earn the
degree/certificate. Once the student has received 12 semester hours of TA
authorizations, the Marine Corps will not fund additional courses until the
evaluated degree plan is delivered to our office. Navy is allowed five TA-funded
classes before a degree plan is required.
Coast Guard Tuition Assistance
Information source: United States Coast Guard TA Policy (click here to visit the U.S. Coast Guard website)
TA Annual Cap
TA Fiscal Quarter Caps
Fiscal quarters are as follows:
TA Hourly Caps
TA is available for undergraduate courses only. The hourly cap is:
TA is NOT authorized for:
All branches of the Military have reinstated Tuition Assistance (TA). This is great news for our military students. There are some changes among the different branches, so please contact your Admissions Advisor with any questions.
The Army and Air Force have reinstated Tuition Assistance (TA) as of Wednesday, April 10. The Marines and Coast Guard are expected to have a similar announcement, and we will share this as soon as it becomes available.
The President has signed a continuing resolution, which directs the Department of Defense to restore most of the cuts in Military Tuition Assistance previously announced by some of the military services. We are waiting for additional information from the Department of Defense and will keep you informed as new details emerge.
Over the last 2 weeks, the U.S. Army, Marines, Coast Guard,
and Air Force announced the suspension of Tuition Assistance (TA) benefits as a
result of mandatory budget cuts imposed on the Department of Defense due to the
current sequestration within the federal budget, laws that went into effect
when the federal government failed to pass a budget.
This situation leaves many questions for servicemembers
seeking, or preparing to seek, a college degree. The first question is when or whether these
decisions will be reversed or revised.
While the issue has attracted attention from lawmakers, and potential
changes are being discussed, the answer is currently not available and no timetable
has been communicated for any changes.
We will continue to post updates
as information becomes available.
If you are currently attending courses and had your TA
approved prior to these cuts, you will be able to finish the courses in which
you are currently enrolled. After the
current term, though, you will have to make other funding arrangements or choose
to put your education on hold. We want
to help you understand some of the other funding options available to help you
continue on your educational path.
Bill benefits are often thought of as for use by veterans, they can be used
during active-duty service. When these
benefits are used in conjunction with TA it is done through the “Top Up”
provision. Often, Top Up is not used as
a student may lose a disproportionate
amount of the GI Bill benefits in this situation. However, in the current situation, where TA
benefits are not available for use, any GI Bill benefits are directly
proportionate to the courses you take.
For example, if you are eligible for the 100% entitlement of the Post-9/11
GI Bill and you attend 6 months of courses at a 50% course load, your GI Bill
benefit would be reduced by 3 months.
However, you should be aware that you would not be eligible for the
Basic Housing Allowance for the portion of your Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits you
use while on active duty; the housing allowance is only paid when you are in a
veteran status. It is important that you contact the Veterans Administration to
determine exactly what your benefits are.
There are several different levels of entitlement and different types of
GI Bills —
each with varying rules and benefits to consider. You can start at http://www.gibill.va.gov or www.ebenefits.va.gov.
Federal financial aid may also be available to
those who qualify. Financial aid comes
in the form of loans, which you must pay back, and grants, such as the Pell
Grant, which does not require repayment.
You can find out what benefits you are eligible for by completing the
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at the FAFSA web site: www.fafsa.ed.gov.
If you are currently enrolled at Kaplan University, your Education Advisor can
help you begin the process of assessing your funding options and provide
greater details (866.522.7747). If you
are not yet enrolled, our Military Student Support Center can also provide you
additional information (866.583.4412). We
will provide additional information as soon as it becomes available.
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