Funds permitting, the Air Force provides active duty members military tuition assistance (TA) for the combined cost of tuition and authorized fees, not to exceed $250.00 per semester hour (SH) of credit ($166.67 for schools operating on a quarter hour system) and an annual TA cap of $4,500. The course(s) must begin and end within the member’s period of active duty service, and the school attended must be a signatory to the DoD MOU.
Active-duty Airmen must apply for tuition assistance (TA) through the Air Force Virtual Education Center, which can be accomplished up to 60 days in advance of the term start date. However, TA is not authorized after a term has started.
Before TA can be approved, Airmen must provide the Education and Training Center with an evaluated/audited degree plan from the school they are attending. The plan must identify the degree/goal being pursued, the exact classes required to complete the program, and the credits that have been accepted in transfer from all other schools attended by the member. If you are just starting on your first set of classes and are still waiting for the school to evaluate your transcripts from other institutions, the Education and Training Center can approve your TA with just a generic degree plan. However, we must receive an evaluated/audited degree plan before TA can be approved for your next term. Therefore, it is very important that Airmen have their transcripts, to include CCAF, sent to their college as soon as possible.
While many schools report grades directly to the Air Force, ultimately, Airmen are responsible for ensuring that grades are received within 60 days after their school terms ends. Airmen who fail to provide a grade report within those 60 days will be required to reimburse the government for the cost of TA, regardless of whether a passing grade is subsequently provided.
To maintain eligibility for TA, Airmen must maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher after completing 15 semester hours in undergraduate studies funded by TA, or a GPA of 3.0 or higher in graduate studies, on a 4.0 grading scale.
For more information, stop by or call the Education and Training Center at 552-3164.