Federal Tuition Assistance
The Tuition Assistance (TA) program provides financial assistance for voluntary off-duty education programs in support of a Soldier's professional and personal self-development goals. TA is available for courses that are offered in the classroom or by distance learning. The courses must be offered by schools that are registered in GoArmyEd and are accredited by accrediting agencies that are recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
In addition to degree programs, TA is available to Soldiers to complete a high school diploma and to complete certificate programs. However, TA will not be approved to complete credentials at the same or a lower educational level. TA is not authorized for programs beyond a master's degree.
All eligible Soldiers will request TA through GoArmyEd.
By law, officers who use TA incur a service obligation. Active Duty officers incur an Active Duty Service Obligation (ADSO) of two years and Reserve Component officers incur a Reserve Duty Service Obligation (RDSO) of four years. The ADSO/RDSO is calculated from the date of completion of the last course for which TA was used.
How to Apply for Federal Tuition Assistance
The following documents should be uploaded to your e-file:
- Statement of Understanding
- Semester Schedule (with start and end dates)
- Program Evaluation (Registered/Pre-Registered version--signed by your advisor or Major McKelvey)
- Your itemized bill for the current semester (You must request this from Major McKelvey or directly from Student Accounting.)
The following should be submitted to Major McKelvey:
Cadets who have difficulty with this process may contact GoArmyEd at 1-800-817-9990. Major McKelvey serves as the DOD Liaison and is also available to assist.