While serving in the Marine Corps, you might find yourself wanting to go to school. With the USMC Tuition Assistance program, you can receive money for some or all of your classes depending on the degree you want to get.
USMC Tuition Assistance
Each branch offers Tuition Assistance (TA), with their own service-specific criteria. Here is what you need to know about Tuition Assistance in the Marine Corps.
Who can use Tuition Assistance in the Marine Corps?
Marine Corps Tuition Assistance is available for all active duty and active reserve marines.
Officers, both active duty, and reserve must have two years of service obligation remaining to apply for Tuition Assistance.
Reservists on a set of active duty orders must finish their class before their orders end.
First-time active duty applicants need to have 24 months of service before they can receive TA. However, O-5 level commanders can reduce the minimum in-service time to 18 months if they believe that you have demonstrated significant extraordinary effort beyond what has been required.
What can you use Tuition Assistance for?
You can use Tuition Assistance for educational programs through master’s degrees.
You can use TA for career and technical education certificates if the programs are accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the Department of Education and be approved by the Department of Veterans Affairs as well as having a signed DOD memorandum of understanding.
TA is for tuition only, and not for fees or costs such as room and board, books, or transportation. You also can not use TA for the cost of exams.
There is a limit for TA of two classes at a time. First-time TA users need to start with just one class unless there is documentation that you have had at least an associate’s degree or at least 60 academic credits and a minimum grade point average GPA of 2.0.
No courses can overlap.
You can not use Tuition Assistance for duplicate degrees or double majors.
How does one request Tuition Assistance?
Your first step would be to contact your Marine Corps Voluntary Education Center to receive educational counseling in person or by phone and to help determine the courses that you need to take.
You will then need to fill out an application in WebTA.
You should start your application at least 60 days in advance of the course or courses you want to take.
How much does USMC Tuition Assistance cover?
The Marine Corps will pay for 100% of your tuition, up to $250 per semester hour, $166 per quarter hour, and $16.67 per clock hour. There is also a cap of $4,500 per fiscal year.
What do I need to know about Tuition Assistance eligibility in the Marine Corps?
Your application must be command approved before it can be forwarded to the Voluntary Education Center for final approval.
The command approval is not automatic and will be based on the command’s anticipated mission requirements.
Your USMC Tuition Assistance application will need to be authorized before the start of the term.
You will need to print your voucher out and turn that into your school accounting office to process payment.
You will also need to make sure that you have completed the College 101 Brief, which is a 10-15 minute online Powerpoint presentation. First time TA users will also need to complete the Marine Corps Institute Personal Financial Management Course.
If you are serving in the US Marine Corps and would like to use Tuition Assistance for your education, make sure you qualify and make plans to sign up to receive these USMC educational benefits.
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.”