Information source: the United States Navy TA Policy (click here to visit the Navy TA website)
Tuition assistance is a benefit paid to eligible servicemembers. The Navy TA program pays up to 100% (within fiscal year caps and limits) of tuition charged by educational institutions for course enrollments. There are specific eligibility requirements that sailors must meet to receive TA benefits.
What Is 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 U.S. Department of Education. (Kaplan University is a regionally accredited institution.)
Navy TA pays for both classroom and independent study/distance learning courses. Associate’s-, 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.
Who Is Eligible?
TA is available to active-duty sailors and the following Naval Reservists:Enlisted Naval Reservists ordered to active duty for 120 days or more
- Enlisted Naval Reservists ordered to active duty for 120 days or more
- Naval Reserve Officers ordered to active duty for 2 years beyond the course term end date
To qualify, sailors must:
- Be on active duty for the duration of the course term
- 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 Education Counselor [Navy College Office or the Virtual Education Center (VEC)]
- Provide grades from all previous TA-funded courses and reimburse all collectable grades. (Withdrawals for involuntary reasons may be granted an indebtedness waiver.)
- Agree, if an officer, to remain on active duty for at least 2 years upon completion of the course(s) term end date. This obligation runs concurrently with 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 2 years of active duty on a pro-rated basis.
What Is Covered?
TA may be used for the following programs:
- High school diploma or equivalency certificate
- Vocational/technical programs
- Undergraduate programs
- Graduate programs
- Certificate programs
TA will cover only tuition.
TA does NOT cover books and course materials, flight training fees, retakes of the same course, or continuing education units (CEUs). 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 you fail the course. In the event one of these situations occurs, you will have to provide reimbursement for any funds already paid.
What Are the Caps?
There is a fiscal year credit limit of 16 semester hours, 24 quarter hours, or 240 clock hours (or a combination thereof) per individual.
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)
What Is My Education/WebTA?
My Education is the central portal for Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard TA processing. A servicemember submits a WebTA application via the My Education portal each time TA is requested for a specific term. Each service branch authorizes their respective WebTA applications. For sailors, the My Education portal is accessed through the Navy College Program website.
- Please read all pertinent NAVADMINs for the most up-to-date information.