If you serve in the US Navy and are wanting to go to college, there are many options for you. One of these is to use the Navy Tuition Assistance program.

All five military branches offer Tuition Assistance (TA), but they can differ between the branches and have their own service-specific criteria.

Navy Tuition Assistance Program

Make sure you know what is required of you as a service member in the Navy before you apply for those benefits.

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Navy Tuition Assistance Program Shut Down For FY19

In May of this year, the Navy’s Tuition Assistance program ran out of funds and had to shut down for FY19. They will hopefully be able to start issuing funds again after October 1st, 2019, at the start of the fiscal year. However, when they do, there will be added restrictions.

Back in the spring, the Navy warned of this happening because of a 30% increase of TA used within the Navy because of changes such as lifting the 16-semester hour cap. They decided not to fund the program with funds from other areas to keep it afloat and funds ran out the end of May.

Funding should be resumed with an approved defense budget. After that happens, the Navy can start approving FY20 TA applications.

These tougher restrictions will apply to TA and NCPACE:

  • Sailors will need to have a minimum of two years of service before being eligible to use this funding. This will not be able to be waived.
  • Funding will be capped at 12 semester hours or the equivalent in quarter hours per fiscal year.
  • Funding will be capped at 120 semester hours or the equivalent in quarter hours in a career. This would exclude courses taken to complete a high school diploma.
  • Commanding officers and officers in charge will have the final say in approving TA and are being encouraged to actively manage usage.

You can visit this statement by the From Chief of Naval Personnel Public Affairs for more information on this change.

Who is Eligible for Navy Tuition Assistance?

  • All active duty sailors
  • Enlisted Naval Reservists that have been ordered to active duty for 120+ days.
  • Naval Reserve Officers ordered to active duty for two years beyond the term end date.

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What can you use Navy Tuition Assistance for?

  • In the Navy, you can use Tuition Assistance for classroom and independent study as well as distance learning.
  • You can use TA for taking associate’s, bachelor’s, and master’s level courses. These classes do need to be in semester or quarter hour amounts.
  • You can also use TA with certificate programs but they must be in clock hours and approved by the Department of Veterans Affairs.
  • You may also use Navy Tuition Assistance for receiving your high school diploma, or an equivalency certificate as well as vocational and technical programs.
  • TA will not cover books and materials, academic institution fees (AI) or any retakes of the same course. Tuition Assistance is only for your tuition.
  • You will need to pay back any funds given for Tuition Assistance if you leave service before the course ends, or you quit the course for any other reasons besides personal illness, military transfer, or mission requirements. You will also have to pay the TA back if you fail the course.

How does one request Navy Tuition Assistance?

  • You will need to inform your command that you want to use Tuition Assistance.
  • You will need to complete the required training, which is the Navy Tuition Assistance training, and the Navy Virtual Counseling 101 training. You can complete the training using the My Education Module.
  • You will need to receive education counseling and establish an education plan. You will work with a Navy College Education counselor to help guide you through the process of selecting a pathway to reach your goals. They will help you establish an education plan.
  • You will need to submit your education plan and review it with a counselor. You will upload your plan on My Education.
  • You will then submit your WebTA application on the My Education Module. This must be submitted and command approved no later than 14 days before your term start date. Getting that command approval is very important.
  • You will then generate your voucher and send it to your educational institution. Your voucher can be found under, “Existing applications” in the My Education module.
  • You can access the My Education module through the Navy College Program website.

How much is Navy TA?

There is a fiscal year cap of $4,500 per individual. You are also limited to $250 per semester hour, $166.67 per quarter hour, and $16.67 per clock hour which would be for certificate or diploma programs only.

What do I need to know about TA eligibility in the Navy?

  • You will need to be on active duty for the duration of the course term.
  • You will need to attend an institution that is accredited by a regional, national, or professional accrediting agency that is recognized by the Department of Education.
  • You must receive counseling from a Navy College Education Counselor. This can be done through the Navy College Office of the Navy College Virtual Education Center.
  • You must provide grades from all of your previously funded Tuition Assistance classes and reimburse all collectible grades.
  • If you are an officer, you will need to remain on active duty for at least two years after completing the course term. This is your required service obligation.

As a service member in the Navy, Tuition Assistance can be a good way to help pay for your schooling. Make sure you find out if you qualify and if you do, begin the process of receiving this educational benefit.

You can look up over 2,100 schools that accept Tuition Assistance in the CollegeRecon School Search tool.  Under the tab labeled “Vet/Military Service”, please check the filter “Approved for TA Funding.”



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