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Federal Tuition Assistance Programs

Federal Tuition Assistance is an additional educational benefit paid to eligible members of the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, and Coast Guard. This funding was provided as a directive of Congress to allow each branch of service the ability to pay up to 100% for the tuition expenses to its members. Each branch of service has its own criteria for eligibility, obligated service time, the application process, and funding restrictions. The funding is usually paid directly to the institution by the individual services.

Active Duty members may elect to use the "MGIB - Top-Up" in addition to their service-provided FTA to cover high-cost courses. 

Federal Tuition Assistance (FTA) or (TA) is not a loan; and should be considered as funds you have earned, similarly to your base pay.

Army

  1. The soldier must complete the Military Funding Request Form provided on the VES online forms page. 
  2. The VES team will send an Army Ignited Request Form to the student to provide the current course information needed to request TA funding for any given term.
  3. The VES team will upload the soldier's Degree Plan, class schedule, and term billing no later than 30 business days prior to the 1st day of class for the semester requested.
  4. The soldier must go to the Army Ignited portal and request TA consideration. Create or update the profile information and select an ED Path
  5. All TA requests will be reviewed and approved within the Army Ignited portal.
  6. The soldier must log back into the portal to see approvals and funding amounts allotted for the term. (no physical award letters will be issued)

Air Force

  1. The student must go to the Air Force web portal
  2. Create a profile and upload all required documents including the class schedule and billing statement.
  3. Students should contact the portal administrators to determine the last possible date for submission for any given semester.
  4. Students should then access and complete the Military Funding Request Form provided for submission to the Veterans Engagement team
  5. Take the original copy of any projected FTA awards to the Bursar office along with a valid Military ID for processing, if applicable.

Coast GuardMarine Corps, or Navy

  1. The students must go to the respective portal links provided above.
  2. Each portal requires the student to create a profile and upload the required documents for review and approval.
  3. Each branch has its own deadline for document submission and it is suggested that students contact the portals service desk for assistance.
  4. Students should then access and complete the Military Funding Request Form provided for submission to the Veterans Engagement team
  5. Take the original copy of any projected FTA awards to the Bursar office along with a valid Military ID for processing, if applicable.

For more detailed information on each branches Tuition Assistance eligibility and requirements, follow the links below to begin taking advantage of this opportunity:

Click here for more detailed information regarding Top-Up eligibility.