The U.S. Air Force is expanding its 2017 civilian tuition assistance program (CTAP), and all permanent, full-time appropriated fund employees, including those in wage-grade positions, are eligible to participate. Employees are required to have a current acceptable performance appraisal on file. New for 2017, the standard TA rates have increased to 75 percent of the cost of tuition, not to exceed $250 per semester hour. The new fiscal year limit increases in 2017 up to a maximum of $4,500. For more information, visit the Civilian Force Development page on myPers. Click the Force Development link on the far left from the civilian employee landing page; CTAP can be found under the "General" heading.