Coast Guard Tuition Assistance Update for 2014

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Coast Guard Tuition Assitance assists eligible personnel in their professional development by providing funding for off-duty voluntary education courses to broaden their academic or Coast Guard technical background.

For FY2014 the Coast Guard revised the eligiblity and payment rates for the tuition assistance program. (See ALCOAST 502/13 Below for details)

2014 Payment Rates

The maximum amount paid for tuition assistance: 75% Tuition

Not to exceed:

  • $187 @ Semester Credit Hour, or
  • $125 @ Quarter Credit Hour, and
  • $2200 @ Fiscal Year

Application Process

The management of TA is centralized at the USCG Institute through a consolidated tuition assistance processing system managed by the U.S. Naval Education and Training Professional Development and Technology Center (NETPDTC) in Pensacola, Florida.

The Coast Guard Institute approves the TA Application (CG-4147) , inputs data into the Navy's computer database, and issues the TA Authorization form (CGI-1560).

The applicant then takes the CGI-1560 to the academic institution during registration; the institution bills the Navy (NETPDTC) for payment of the government's share of tuition assistance.

The Fine Print

  • Tuition assistance is not authorized for use to meet unit specific operational training requirements.
  • Eligibility and benefits are standardized service wide for Coast Guard active duty and reserve on active duty for more than 180 days.
  • TA will be authorized "up-front" for traditional college coursework for courses less than 18 weeks in length. Courses may be resident or remote.
  • There is no limitation on the use of TA when a member is receiving "financial aide" such as a student loan, Sallie Mae, Stafford loan, etc.
  • All courses must be taken from a nationally or regionally accredited institution, resulting in college credit or accredited clock or contact hours.
  • TA is not authorized for reimbursement for books.
  • Developmental courses may be authorized if required by the institution prior to taking a freshman level course. Many colleges require a developmental course in Math, English and reading if the applicant has been out of school for several years. Applicants should note that these courses (usually numbered starting with zero "0" as the first digit) are not transferable.

TA does not cover the following expenses:

  • Application, entrance or enrollment fees
  • Record-maintenance fees
  • Student activity fees/ Student ID
  • Course registration fees
  • Textbooks, manuals
  • Non-consumable materials
  • Assembled items available commercially such as computers, televisions, robots
  • Fees for flight time, flying lessons, or noncredit aviation classes
  • Parking fee
  • Cost of tools, protective or other equipment that becomes the property of the student
  • Certification courses and tests, or licenses.

Additional Information

The Coast guard has updated the eligibility requirements and limits for tuition assistance in the following ALCOAST message:

R 192243Z NOV 13 ALCOAST 502/13
COMDTNOTE 1560
SUBJ: NEW COAST GUARD TUITION ASSISTANCE (TA) POLICY

A. COMCOGARD FORCECOM NORFOLK VA 191855Z APR 13 / ALCOAST 175/13
1. This ALCOAST announces the FY14 TA program consistent with funding available in the FY14 budget. To continue to offer the benefit to as many eligible members as possible, the Coast Guard is implementing cost sharing for Tuition Assistance funding.
2. Effective immediately, the Coast Guard will fund 75 percent of the tuition cost of members not to exceed 187.50 per credit hour, for active duty military members eligible for Tuition Assistance. TA is only available for courses leading to associate and bachelor degrees.
3. All additional eligibility constraints listed below implemented in Ref (A) still apply. COs, OICs or first O-6/GS-15 in the chain-of-command are expected to ensure members meet the followingeligibility criteria:

A. Member must be on Active Duty or a Reservist on long-term orders greater than 180 days.

B. Members are limited to six credit hours per fiscal quarter. Credit hours are counted from course start dates


C. Members must meet the additional following criteria:
(1) Satisfactory progress toward completion of unit qualifications.
(2) Satisfactory progress toward watch station qualifications.
(3) Satisfactory proficiency of craft, and
(4) Satisfactory conduct during the six months prior. D. TA approval authority shall not be delegated below Executive Officer, Executive Petty Officer, or Deputy level.

4. The new annual cap for the Coast Guards share of TA is 2250 (75 percent of 3000).
5. TA is available to members seeking their first degree. TA is no longer authorized to members pursuing an additional degree at the same or lower level regardless of how they received their first degree (i.e. if the applicant already has a bachelors degree, TA shall not be authorized for an associates or bachelors degree even if the degree was obtained at a service academy, through the CG advanced education program, via grants or loans, VA benefits, or paid for out of the members own pocket).
6. Members are strongly advised to seek full time ESO guidance for deciding which college or university maximizes military training, credits-by-exam, and provides the best value for the members share of tuition dollars. Full time ESOs can also help identify other sources of funding if desired. A list of full time ESOs by unit is found at: http://www.uscg.mil/hr/cgi/eso/essentials/full-time(underscore)eso(un derscore)list.asp
7. For field level questions please refer to your local ESO. Questions from unit ESOs should be directed to CWO4 Tex Collier (Coast Guard Institute) at (405) 954-7233, email Devale.J.Collier(at)uscg.mil. Commanding Officers and Officers-in-Charge may direct questions to the Voluntary Education Program Manager, Mr. David Padley (FORCECOM Training Division) at (202)475-5475, email David.M.Padley(at)uscg.mil.
8. RDML S. A. Buschman, Commander, Force Readiness Command, sends.
9. Internet release authorized.

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