Military Tuition Assistance and Resources

We believe you earned your degree through service, and reduced tuition rates can help make that happen.

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Tuition for Military Students

Kaplan University believes you have earned a quality education through your service and should not have to pay excessive out-of-pocket expenses to reach your educational goal.

As a result we have significantly reduced many of our tuition rates and fees. Current servicemembers, including Guard and Reserve, receive a 55% per-credit tuition reduction for undergraduate programs and 17% to 30% per-credit tuition reduction for graduate programs.* Course materials are provided at no cost, and technology fees are waived for current members of the military enrolled in undergraduate programs. In addition, servicemembers, veterans, and military spouses may qualify for federal financial aid.

Veterans receive a 38% per-credit tuition reduction for undergraduate programs and a 14% per-credit tuition reduction for graduate programs.*

Spouses of servicemembers receive a 10% per-credit reduction for undergraduate and graduate programs.†

Family Scholarship Program—In addition, we offer military family scholarships to further assist military spouses and their dependent children.

Note: military tuition reductions cannot be used in conjunction with any other Kaplan University scholarships, grants, or tuition reduction, including Kaplan University Tuition Cap pricing.

Undergraduate program per-credit tuition is reduced 55% to $165 per quarter credit hour.* U.S. military servicemembers include active duty and members of the Guard or Reserve on drill status.

Servicemember Tuition Costs

Credits

Cost per Credit

Total Degree Cost Before Transfer Credit Is Applied

Associate's Degree Programs

90

$165

$14,850

Bachelor's Degree Programs

180

$165

$29,700

For current servicemembers, including members of the Guard and Reserve, tuition rates are reduced by 17% to 30% depending on program of study. Military tuition assistance (TA) may cover a portion of your graduate tuition; however, this varies by branch. Click here to see information about each branch's tuition assistance policy, or contact your Educational Service Officer.

For veterans, graduate tuition rates are reduced by 14%.

A note about the Yellow Ribbon Program: Kaplan University also participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program, which assists eligible students covered by the Post-9/11 GI Bill who attend schools with tuition over the annual benefit cap. In the majority of cases, Kaplan University tuition is within the cap, and the Yellow Ribbon Program is not needed. However, we do participate in the program should the additional funding be necessary.

Undergraduate program per-credit tuition is reduced 38% to $230 per quarter credit hour.

Veterans Tuition Rates

Credits

Cost per Credit

Tech Fees per Term

Estimated Total Tech Fees*

Total Degree Cost Before Transfer Credit Is Applied

Associate’s Degree Programs

90

$230

$200

$1,600

$22,300

Bachelor’s Degree Programs

180

$230

$200

$3,200

$44,600


*Based on average of 8 term rate of completion for associate's degree and a 16 term rate of completion for a bachelor's degree.

As the spouse of a military servicemember, you make many personal sacrifices for the good of your spouse’s military career and our country. When Permanent Change of Station (PCS) orders are issued, life changes overnight.

Unfortunately, these sacrifices often stand in the way of educational pursuits. Kaplan University’s online degree programs allow you to continue your education, no matter where in the world your family is stationed.‡

If your spouse is currently a U.S. military servicemember, or is a drilling member of the National Guard and Reserve, you may be eligible for one of the following benefits:

  • A 10% reduction off the regular per-credit tuition rate†
  • Kaplan University Tuition Cap available for select programs, reducing total cost of completion by 33%*
  • Military Family Scholarship Program, which can reduce per-credit tuition by more than 50%* (scholarships also available to eligible spouses and dependent children of. veterans)

Tuition Assistance Update, March 2017

Military tuition assistance 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).

    This 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 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.
  • 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 education 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 tuition assistance (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 TA:

    • Complete a College 101 Brief (10 to 15 minute online PowerPoint presentation)
    • Submit a Tuition Assistance Statement of Understanding
    • Submit a current up-to-date TA application with statement of fees from the 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 U.S. 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 Brief 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 $4,000.
    • The annual cap falls within each fiscal year (October 1 to September 30).
    • 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 6 semester hours (or 9 quarter hours) per fiscal quarter per member.
    • The limit of 6 credit hours applies to course start dates (i.e. 6 credit hours for courses starting between April 1, 2017, and June 30, 2017, and 6 credit hours for courses starting next quarter from July 1, 2017, to September 30, 2017).

    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 and graduate courses up to master’s degrees. The caps are:

    • $250 per semester hour, $166.66 per quarter hour, or $16.67 per clock 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."

    Fees

    • 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 to utilize TA.
    • Servicemembers must complete the TA authorized course(s) on or prior to RELAD, discharge, or retirement.
    • If a member is going to RELAD and provides documentation showing that he or 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 to utilize TA.

    TA is NOT authorized for:

    • 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 the primary employer (not Coast Guard). If only a portion of the tuition is paid for by the primary employer, the 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 who 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 Coast Guard 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 Coast Guard 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 that convert clock hours to credit hours to avoid Coast Guard TA funds collection.
    • TA from another military service. TA is not authorized from any other service. Coast Guard members must go through a Coast Guard Educational Services 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.

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, 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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*Per-credit tuition reductions are based on the standard undergraduate tuition rate of $371.00 multiplied by the number of credits required to complete the degree.

Military spouses enrolled in Kaplan University Tuition Cap programs are not eligible for this reduction.

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