Air Force Tuition Assistance (TA) is an important program that provides 100% tuition and fees for courses taken by active duty personnel. The program is one of a great way to further your education while on active duty. Let's take a look at how much the program pays, and other things that can help you get the most of this great benefit.
The Air Force Tuition Assistance program will pay 100% of your tuition and fees not to exceed:
- $250 per semester credit hour, or
- $166 per quarter credit hour, and
- $4,500 maximum per fiscal year
You must apply for Tuition Assistance online using the Air Force Virtual Education Center. This must be done through the Air Force Portal at https://www.my.af.mil/. There are six steps to completing the AFVEC online TA process.
The Fine Print
AF policy requires you to create a goal and upload a degree plan via the AFVEC website prior to requesting TA (use Tutorials on AFVEC site). A generic degree/academic plan can be used for up to 6 semester hoursuntil you have an evaluated degree plan.
- You must request TA before class starts, maximum of 45 days prior to and minimum 7 days prior to class start date.
- Your supervisor must electronically approve all TA requests (allow time for this).
- If you withdraw from a course you must notify the school AND the Education Center immediately.
- You are responsible for reimbursing the government for all TA not reimbursed to the USAF.
- If you fail a course, you must reimburse the USAF for the full amount of tuition paid.
- If military duties prevent you from attending class you can apply for a waiver of reimbursement.
- You must submit a letter explaining the reasons for withdrawing from the course(s) signed by your Squadron Commander.
- You are responsible for ensuring that your education record reflects your official grade within 30 days after the class ends.
- You are allowed 15 Semester Hours (5 classes) to establish a GPA; you must maintain 2.0 for undergraduate degrees, 3.0 for graduate degrees, to continue using TA.
- TA is not authorized for courses leading to a lateral or lower level degree than you already possess (i.e. Second Associate's or Bachelor's degree).
- TA will be provided for a Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) degree regardless of your current education level.
- TA will be provided for a civilian college associate degree even if you have a CCAF associate degree provided you do not possess a civilian associate or higher degree.
- You are no longer required to obtain your supervisor's signature on your TA form; however, you are expected to discuss your schedule with your supervisor to ensure that participation has his/her support.
If you have to pay back any tuition assistance money due to a failing grade it must be in a lump sum - no payment plan.
If you receive a grade of incomplete from a school, you have as much time as the school allows you to clear the incomplete or 12 months from the end of the term, whichever comes first, to clear the incomplete. If you fail to provide a grade that clears the incomplete by that time, you must pay back any tuition assistance to the AF.
You must pay for books & non-reimbursable fees.
If Tuition Assistance doesn't cover all the costs of your courses you may be able to use your GI Bill to make up the difference. See our GI Bill Tuition Assistance Top Up page for details.