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Air Force Tuition Assistance: What You Need to Know

Air Force Tuition Assistance

While serving in the Air Force, one way to pay for off-duty education is to use the Air Force Tuition Assistance program. There are different ways to pay for your schooling while you are in the military, and Tuition Assistance (TA) is one of them.

Air Force Tuition Assistance Program

Each of the military branches has a TA program with service-specific criteria. Here is what you need to know about Air Force Tuition Assistance.

Who Can Use the Air Force Tuition Assistance Program?

All qualifying Airmen can use Tuition Assistance. If you are an officer, you can use TA but you may incur a service obligation following the completion of your course.

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What Can You Use Air Force Tuition Assistance For?

Tuition Assistance will pay for:

  • Tuition, but not fees, books or other supplies
  • Off-duty courses at schools that have been accredited and have signed the Department of Defense Memorandum of Understanding (DoD MOU)
  • Specific academic or technical degree programs
  • Programs higher than the degree you already have.
  • Associate’s degrees, even if you have an associate’s degree from CCAF.  This exception allows you to use TA for a civilian associate’s degree.
  • Foreign language courses, but only if approved if they are part of a degree or on the approved shortage list.

Tuition Assistance will not pay for:

  • Fees, books or other supplies
  • Multiple degrees at the same level.

How Do You Request Tuition Assistance?

Applications can be done online through the Air Force Virtual Education Center.

How Much is Tuition Assistance?

The Air Force Tuition Assistance program pays up to $250 per credit hour, $166 per quarter hour.

What Else Do I Need to Know About Air Force Tuition Assistance?

  • Your Tuition Assistance funding request must be approved by supervisors through the Air Force Virtual Education Center (AFVEC).
  • This must be done within 45 calendar days before, and no later than seven days before the start of the term. If not approved in time, it will be auto-deleted.
  • If you have been inactive with your education for a year or more, you will need to receive follow-up counseling from your local education officer before being able to use the TA benefits.

TA will be denied for Airmen with:

  • UIFs
  • A failed PT test
  • Referral EPR/OPRs
  • If you are on a control roster

If you are serving in the Air Force and would like to use Tuition Assistance to pay for all or part of your education, make sure you qualify, and make plans to sign up if you do.

NEXT STEP: Find schools approved for TA funding.  Search over 2,100 schools that accept Tuition Assistance in the CollegeRecon School Search tool.








About the author

Joe Wallace is a 13-year veteran of the United States Air Force and a former reporter/editor for Air Force Television News and the Pentagon Channel. His freelance work includes contract work for Motorola, VALoans.com, and Credit Karma. He is co-founder of Dim Art House in Springfield, Illinois, and spends his non-writing time as an abstract painter, independent publisher, and occasional filmmaker.