Tuition Assistance Program Restored by Air Force
Last week, the Department of the Air Force announced that it has restored the military tuition assistance cap back to $4,500 per fiscal year. They also announced that the Credentialing Opportunities Online (COOL) funding has been restored, effective immediately.
Air Force Previously Cut the Tuition Assistance Cap
We previously reported that the Air Force cut the TA cap in response to an increase in applications for the program, coupled with funding questions as the government transitioned into a new fiscal year beginning October 1, 2020.
Previous TA Cap Restored
Now, as it was before, Airmen and Space Professionals are eligible for up to $4,500 per fiscal year, with a max allowance of $250 per semester hour or quarter hour equivalent. The Air Force COOL funding for preparatory courses or “boot camps” is also restored, with its previous funding limits being $4,500 per life-time.
This is a great day for all Air Force personnel who are motivated to advance their education. Lieutenant General Brian Kelley stated that his command was “excited that our members are taking advantage of their time under COVID-19 to improve themselves and pursue education.” He further noted that the Air Force had to reprioritize funding to restore the original program.
If you are a member of the Air Force / Space Force, here’s a link for more info on the Air Force’s Tuition Assistance Program page which gives you the information you need to get started. You may also wish to reference the Air Force Instruction 36-2670, “Total Force Development” publication.
Please visit this page for more information on Tuition Assistance for all services.
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