• Tuition Assistance Update, February 2014

    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)

    Soldiers 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 service.

    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:

    • $250.00 per semester hour
    • $166.67 per quarter hour (Kaplan University uses quarter credits)

    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:

    • Enlisted Naval reservists ordered to active duty for 120 days or more
    • Naval reservist officers ordered to active duty for 2 years or more.

    To qualify, servicemembers must:

    • Be on active duty for the whole length of the course.
    • Attend an institution accredited by a regional, national, or professional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
    • Receive counseling from a Navy College Office or a Virtual Education Center counselor 
    • Provide all grades from previously funded TA courses and reimburse all W and F grades. (Withdrawals for involuntary reasons may be granted with command verification.)
    • Agree, if an officer, to remain on active duty for at least 2 years upon completion of courses funded by TA. This obligation runs concurrently with remaining obligated service time. Those who fail to serve the obligation must repay the TA funds expended on their behalf during the last 2 years of active duty on a prorated basis.

    What fees may be listed on the TA application to be included in TA funding?

    • Fees directly required for course enrollment may be combined with tuition. Navy will pay fees that are published, mandatory, and charged for course enrollment including distance learning technology and lab fees.
    • However, if the course is canceled allowing the tuition to be refunded, the student is responsible for paying the non-reimbursable fee.

    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?

    • WebTA applications must be command approved, received by the VEC and approved/funded prior to the course start date.
    • TA cannot be used to pay for books, e-books, CD-ROMs, etc.
    • TA cannot be used to pay for flight training.
    • TA cannot be used by Naval reservists if not on continuous active duty, by enlisted Naval reservists if ordered to active duty less than 120 days, or by Naval reservist officers if ordered to active duty for less than 2 years.
    • TA cannot be used by those in a duty-under-instruction status or in an officer accession program involving full time instruction at a civilian institution.
    • TA will only be approved for courses scheduled for one academic term at a time.
    • TA will not be authorized for the same course previously funded by TA.
    • TA will not fund school enrollment fees.
    • TA will not fund active duty at their first permanent duty station for less than 1 year.
    • Reimbursement of TA funds is required for all failing (F) grades, incomplete (I) grades in effect longer than 6 months, non-reimbursable fees paid for canceled courses, and voluntary withdrawal (W) grades. Reimbursement by money order or cashier's check payable to U.S. TREASURER must be mailed to:

    Commanding Officer
    NETPDTC TA Accounting N814
    6490 Saufley Field Road
    Pensacola, FL 32509-5241

    • Please read all pertinent NAVADMINs for the most up-to-date information.

    Air Force Tuition Assistance

    Information source: the United States Air Force TA Policy (click here to learn more)

    Payments, Not to Exceed:

    • $250 per semester credit hour, or
    • $166 per quarter credit hour (Kaplan University is on the quarter credit hour system) and
    • $4,500 per fiscal year

    Student must 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:

    •  Missing grades over 60 days from course end date
    • Suspense dates that have expired
    • Missing personal data in the education record, including phone, DOS, DOB, unit, office symbol, mailing address, email address, base, and education level
    • Requesting TA for courses that start more than 30 days in the future
    • Requesting TA for courses that have already started
    • Requesting TA for lower level courses that are less than highest ed level awarded
    • No degree plan in records

    TA 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 TA.

    The following information is required to apply for tuition assistance:

    • Complete a College 101 Brief (10–15 minutes online PowerPoint presentation) 
    • Submit a Tuition Assistance Statement of Understanding 
    • Submit a current up-to-date TA application with statement of fees from school 
    • Reservists must submit a copy of activation or mobilization orders 

    To qualify, all servicemembers must:

    • Be on active duty for the entire length of the course. 
    • Attend an institution accredited by a regional, national, or professional accrediting organization recognized by the Department of Education. (Kaplan University is a regionally accredited institution.)
    • Provide all grades from TA courses; reimburse all "W" and "F" grades. (Withdrawal reasons may be forgiven with command verification and a copy of your orders.)
    • Agree, if an officer, to remain on active duty for at least 2 years upon completion of a funded TA course. This OBLISERV runs concurrently with remaining obligated service. 

    In addition, you must have the following:

    • TA authorization prior to beginning of course 
    • A minimum GT score of 100 (or 10.2 TABE Test or MASP completion); MARFORRES may be exempt
    • Completed College 101 orientation 
    • No disciplinary actions pending 

    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 has an annual maximum or "cap" of $3,000, in which the Coast Guard share is $2,200.
    • The annual cap falls within each fiscal year (1 October to 30 September).
    • Once the member uses the maximum allotted amount per year, no waivers will be granted for additional money.
    • The established TA cap does not mean the Coast Guard guarantees to pay the full amount. Budget constraints may require further TA policy changes.

    TA Fiscal Quarter Caps

    • TA is limited to six semester hours (or nine quarter hours) per fiscal quarter per member.
    • The limit of six credit hours applies to course start dates (i.e., six credit hours for courses starting between April 1, 2015, and June 30, 2015, and six credit hours for courses starting next quarter from July 1, 2015, to September 30, 2015).

    Fiscal quarters are as follows:

    • 1st quarter: October 1 through December 31
    • 2nd quarter: January 1 through March 31
    • 3rd quarter: April 1 through June 30
    • 4th quarter: July 1 through September 30

    TA Hourly Caps

    TA is available for undergraduate courses only. The hourly cap is:

    • $250 per semester hour and the Coast Guard will fund 75% not to exceed $187.50 per credit hour.
    • $166.67 per quarter hour and the Coast Guard will fund 75% not to exceed $125.00 per quarter hour. Kaplan University uses the quarter credit system.
    • Tuition can be paid up to 100% as long as it does not exceed the hourly caps.

    Developmental Courses

    • Developmental courses may be authorized if required by the institution prior to taking a higher-level course.
    • Many colleges require a developmental course in math, English, and reading if the member has been out of school for several years.
    • Usually these courses (usually numbered starting with zero "0" as the first digit) are "not transferable."
    • Authorized fees for TA are laboratory, studio, shop, internet, technology, resource, and library, which may be included on a TA request.
    • These will be covered if the costs are based on specific fees or charges customarily levied by educational institutions and are directly tied to the course for which the fee is required.
    • TA will not cover the cost of tools, protective or other equipment, manuals, or textbooks, which become the property of the student.
    • Due to the NUMEROUS fee definitions and interpretations provided by colleges, TAG must authorize fees according to the itemized listing on the student's invoice.
    •  Invoice Wording Examples:

      "Technology Fee $50": TA will authorize "Online Technology Fee $50" (because technology is in the name).

      "Online Fee $50": TA will not authorize (not one of the seven fees).

      "Online/Technology Fee $50": TA will authorize 1/2 of the fee—$25 (this would be a combination of fees, one of which TA does not cover. (Kaplan University waives this fee for military students for all undergraduate programs.)

    Service Requirements—Enlisted

    • Servicemembers must meet all requirements set forth in ALCOAST 502/13 in order to utilize TA.
    • Servicemembers must complete the TA authorized course(s) on or prior to RELAD, discharge, or retirement.
    • If member is going to RELAD and provides documentation showing that he/she will be in the SELRES, then TA-authorized course(s) may begin in active duty status and be completed in SELRES status.

    Service Requirements—Officer

    • Active-duty officers must meet all requirements set forth in ALCOAST 502/13 in order to utilize TA.

    TA is NOT authorized for:

    • Graduate courses, per ALCOAST 502/13.
    • Any course for which the member is receiving assistance under any other federally funded program where such a payment would constitute a duplication of benefits from the U.S. Treasury. In cases where federal grant monies are credited to the student's institution account, the credited portion will not be reimbursed by tuition assistance. NOTE: TA may be used when a member is receiving “financial aid” such as a student loan, Sallie Mae, Stafford loan, etc. However, per COMDTINST M1500.10C, “TA is to be calculated after grants, scholarships and fellowships have been deducted from the cost of tuition, with the exception of Pell Grants.” These grants are need-based and therefore may be used by the student to defray any educational expense.
    • Course tuition paid for by primary employer (not Coast Guard). If only a portion of the tuition is paid for by primary employer, member may submit TA request for the remainder of the tuition. 
    • Audited courses: Courses students are not officially registered for nor earn grade or credit. 
    • Courses beginning in a subsequent fiscal year. The course start date determines the fiscal year funding to be used for accounting purposes.
    • Courses previously paid for using TA are not authorized further TA payments (i.e., courses previously completed when the member received a "final grade of D or better," or a course that has been waived by the CG Institute). 
    • Physical education or recreation courses, unless the courses are required by the institution for degree completion, or the member is a candidate for a degree with a major in physical education or recreation and has not been awarded the physical education credits recommended by ACE for military training. 
    • Courses when a member is in a duty-under-instruction status (DUINS) and the member's educational fees are being paid through another Coast Guard program.
    • Coast Guard members that are inmates in military, state, or federal prisons.
    • Undergraduate students whose average GPA is less than 2.0 (on a 4.0 scale) for the previous 12 semester hours completed under TA. In this case, the TA database (NCMIS) will lock the member's account and further CG TA will not be authorized. Forward grade report showing GPA of at least 2.1 or higher for “all courses regardless of TA usage” to the CG Institute TAG Division, which will coordinate the resolution with the Navy.
    • Chaplains (funded through Navy TA).
    • Members in advanced education programs.
    • Graduate students whose academic average for previous 12 semester hours is "less than a grade of "B" (or less than 3.0 on a 4.0 scale). 
    • A second degree at the same or lower educational level if the first degree was funded, in whole or in part, with CG TA (i.e., if the applicant already has a bachelor's degree funded by TA, then TA shall not be authorized for another bachelor's degree).
    • Courses resulting in Continuing Education Units (CEUs), or Professional Development Units (PDUs). Courses credited in contact hours or clock hours. This includes courses converted from contact/clock to quarter/semester hours (usually applies to certificate programs). Students and ESOs/ESSs need to be careful not to approve courses from schools who convert clock hours to credit hours in order to avoid CG TA funds collection.
    • TA from another military service. TA is not authorized from any other service. CG members must go through a CG Educational Service Officer (ESO or ESS) to process the TA application.
    • Preparatory courses, licenses (maritime, real estate, AC&R, etc.), tests (GMAT, GRE, LSAT), or certification courses (computer, maritime, law, medical, etc.). 
    • Contract and Non-Appropriated Fund (NAF) employees.
    • Personnel awarded an administration discharge, in confinement, on appellate leave, or awaiting administration separation other than honorable or general discharge under honorable conditions. Servicemembers convicted by foreign or domestic courts, serving sentences in foreign prisons.

  • Tuition Assistance Update, April 30, 2013–Good News for Military Tuition Assistance Users

    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.


    Important Notice Regarding Tuition Assistance for Servicemembers 

    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.

    GI Bill Benefits 

    While GI 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 

    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.

    Next Steps

    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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