It would also be a good idea to go to your base’s educational center to get more information about TA through the Air Force.
How Much is Tuition Assistance?
The Air Force Tuition Assistance program will pay 100% of your tuition, up to $250 per credit hour, $166 per quarter hour. Update: In the fall of 2020, the Air Force cut its Tuition Assistance cap from $4,500 per fiscal year to $3,750 per fiscal year.
What Else Do I Need to Know About Air Force Tuition Assistance?
Your Tuition Assistance funding request needs to 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.
You can use TA for no more than:
124 semester hours or 186 quarter hours for a bachelor’s degree
42 semester hours or 70 quarter hours for a graduate degree
TA will be denied for Airmen with:
A failed PT test
If you are on a control roster
You will need to apply for TA in a timely manner and work closely with counselors to find the right classes to take for their degree programs.
You will be required to populate an e-Degree plan in the AFVEC with the help of counselors. This will help you figure out exactly what classes you need to take to achieve your educational goals.
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 that you qualify, and make plans to sign up if you do.
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