Army Tuition Assistance

Army TA Update (8/2014): Changes are taking place for those who receive tuition assistance from the Army.  According to ALARACT 317/13 -- FY14 Tuition Assistance Policy, as of Jan. 1, 2015 Soldiers eligible for TA must have successfully completed one year of service following graduation from Advanced Individual Training (AIT). Beginning in FY15, all Soldiers must have ten years of service to receive graduate level TA if any portion of their undergraduate degree was paid through TA. 

In addition, significant changes have been made to Department of Defense Instruction 1322.25. Beginning Oct. 1, the Army will no longer pay fees such as laboratory and course fees. Also, TA requests must be submitted and approved before the start date of the class, without exception. Beginning Sept. 6, reimbursement will be required from the servicemember if a successful course completion is not obtained.

For more information, visit your base education center and speak with education services specialist. 

Program Overview

Army Tuition Assistance (TA) provides financial assistance for voluntary off-duty education programs in support of a soldier's professional and personal self-development goals. The program is open to nearly all soldiers (officers, warrant officers, enlisted) including Army Reserve, and Army National Guard on active duty.

There are some restrictions to who may use Army Tuition Assistance and what courses it can be used for. Download AR 621-5 (Army Continuing Education System Regulations) to get further details.


The maximum amount paid for tuition assistance: 100% Tuition and and authorized fees charged by a school up to the established per semester hour cap for up to 16 semester hours of TA funded courses per fiscal year:

$250 @ Semester Credit Hour, or

$166 @ Quarter Credit Hour, and

$4000 @ Fiscal Year

Current Army policy limits TA to 130 semester hours of undergraduate credit or baccalaureate degree, whichever comes first and 39 semester hours of graduate credit or masters degree whichever comes first. The 39 semester hour limit applies to all credits taken after completion of a baccalaureate degree. 

Further details regarding TA procedures are outlined in GoArmyEd Training.

For general information about the Army's automated TA process, visit

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