Do you qualify for military Tuition Assistance (TA)? Are you looking to use TA to pay for most (if not all) of your tuition costs? If you answered ‘yes’ then be sure to read on to avoid getting stuck with a massive bill for your education.  Make sure your school is fully covered by tuition assistance.

Avoid Out-of-Pocket Costs With Tuition Assistance

Tuition Assistance Doesn’t Always Cover 100% of Your Costs

If you qualify for military Tuition Assistance and the school you intend to enroll at participates in this scholarship program, that doesn’t necessarily mean that your out-of-pocket tuition cost will be $0. 

Each branch will pay up to $250 per credit hour for Tuition Assistance. Some schools, however, charge more than $250 per credit hour. Other schools recognize this and charge the military only up to the maximum TA benefit.  For this reason, it’s really important to pay close attention to programs’ cost per credit hour.

What is Tuition Assistance?

Tuition Assistance (TA) is a program where active duty, National Guard, & Reserves can get extra money to help cover their tuition costs. Your service branch will pay the tuition to the school, based on a few limits.

Find an in-depth explanation of what tuition assistance is here. Then depending on your branch, you’ll want to read the specific rules for Air Force, Army, Navy, USMC, Coast Guard, & National Guard/Reserve Tuition Assistance Programs.

To help utilize the TA benefit strategically, we’ve created this list of schools that offer degree programs that cost $250 or less per credit hour.

Schools Fully Covered by Tuition Assistance

7 Schools That Cost $250 or Less Per Credit Hour

Amridge University

Amridge University Undergraduate rates are $250/credit hour for active duty military and military spouses. However, that is not the case for veterans and veteran spouses ($365/credit hour + $40/hour course fee + $110 course service fee.)

University of Louisville

Online courses for Active Duty Military cost $250/credit hour. However, this rate does not apply to Law School online courses or the Master’s of Engineering Management Online program.

Southern New Hampshire University

At Southern New Hampshire University, the price for U.S. service members, both full and part-time, and the spouses of those on active duty is $225 per undergraduate credit hour.

Pensacola State College

Pensacola State College charges in-state students $113 per credit hour. However, they do not grant all military in-state tuition. Military that can get in-state tuition at PSC: Active duty members of the U.S. Armed Forces stationed in or residing in Florida and active duty members not stationed in Florida but whose legal state of residence is Florida. (Out of state tuition is $453 per credit hour.)

Hawaii Pacific University

At Hawaii Pacific University, active duty service members, Reservists, & Guard are eligible for tuition at $250/credit hour once they apply for the Service Member Tuition Waiver.

Their website says that eligibility applies so double-check if you are eligible.

Family members for military Retirees, active duty, and DoD civilians are also able to apply for tuition at the reduced $250/credit hour rate under the Family Member/DoD Employee Grant.

University of Alaska – Fairbanks

The University of Alaska at Fairbanks charges $223/credit hour for in-state students. They will grant in-state tuition to active duty personnel, Reservists, Guard, & Veterans eligible for the VA educational benefit as well as all of their dependents.  (Out of state students pay $736/credit hour.)

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Daytona Beach

At Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University at Daytona Beach, the military Undergraduate tuition rate is $250/credit hour. This rate applies to all service members on active duty or serving in the reserves of the U.S. Armed Forces while pursuing an undergraduate degree. This rate also applies to military spouses and dependents 26 and under.

Tuition Assistance Schools

For a full list of Tuition Assistance schools visit the CollegeRecon’s School Search tool. There are over 2,100 schools listed today.

Use the filter for “Vet/Military Service.” Once there you can use the filter for Tuition Assistance (“Approved for TA Funding”) to find more than two thousand schools that are approved for TA funding.