Tuition Assistance (TA) is a benefit offered to service members to assist with the cost of tuition. TA typically covers 100% of tuition, up to the $250 cap per credit hour. Our undergraduate tuition rate is reduced to $250 per credit hour and our graduate programs are discounted for military personnel, to bring the tuition down to the $250.00 credit hour cap.
For additional information on amounts covered by TA and who is eligible, according to branch of service, please go to the Military - Tuition Assistance Program web site.
No. Soldiers will still receive comprehensive support from a variety of sources when they use Tuition Assistance toward their approved degree plan. In addition to calling or visiting in-person a local Army Education Center, Soldiers have the following support options:
The helpdesk is equipped to help resolve most general questions related navigation of GoArmyEd and using all GoArmyEd features. If a question cannot be resolved immediately by the GoArmyEd helpdesk, a student support representative will document the question and escalate it to the specialist best positioned to resolve the issue. All questions can be first directed to the helpdesk for resolution or escalation.
For assistance with technology questions:
Soldiers who wish to change their plans in GoArmyEd can create a helpdesk case for or meet with an Army Education Counselor to discuss options. Only an Army Education Counselor may change approve a request to change degree plans.
Yes. If Soldiers have a Student Agreement established with any of the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges Army Degrees (SOCAD) member schools, they are guaranteed that their college will follow the American Council on Education (ACE) guidelines for awarding maximum credit for military experience and training. The SOCAD Student Agreement specifies credit awarded for prior learning and any remaining credits required for degree completion.
Yes. If Soldiers have a SOCAD Student Agreement (SA) established with any of the SOCAD schools, they are guaranteed that their college will accept American Council on Education (ACE)-recommended minimum scores with associated recommended semester hours for the award of credit. This policy applies to each CLEP, Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES), Subject Standardized Test (DSST), Automotive Service Excellence (ASE), and Excelsior College Examinations (ECE) test that students take or have taken.
Academic residency refers to the number of academic resident credits a student must complete with the home college to be eligible for a degree. Most SOCAD institutions require that Soldiers take a minimum of 25 percent of the total credits needed for the completion of their degree at the home college. If a SOC institution offers 100 percent of an undergraduate degree online, that institution may require active duty servicemembers to take 30 percent of that degree program to obtain residency.
The Degree Progress Report is an electronic listing of the academic requirements needed to complete a degree offered through GoArmyEd. The Degree Progress Report assists in identifying any academic work and experience that may be accepted in a college that lists its degree plans and classes in GoArmyEd. The Degree Progress Report helps Soldiers identify requirements they have or have not yet met.
The Degree Progress Report is refreshed each time a Soldier completes a course, receives credit for military experience, or successfully completes an approved academic test with a participating eArmyU school. Soldiers and Army Education Counselors may view the Degree Progress Report via the GoArmyEd portal.
Soldiers pursuing degrees that are set up in GoArmyEd must request academic transcripts from all colleges and universities previously attended and have them forwarded to their home college. However, it is not necessary to request Army/American Council on Education Registry Transcripts System (AARTS) transcripts. When Soldiers select a degree plan set up in GoArmyEd, the AARTS transcript data is automatically transferred to the designated home college. If a Soldier has selected a college or degree plan that is not set up in GoArmyEd all transcripts must be requested and sent to the home college.
Army TA policy is described in AR 621-5 and applies to all TA usage.
Soldiers enrolled in TA-funded classes who intend to go on terminal (transitional) leave prior to separating from active duty should meet with an Army Education Counselor to determine the impact of transitional leave on tuition assistance usage. Deactivation from the GoArmyEd portal will occur when Soldiers out-process through the Army Education Center. Soldiers will be unable to enroll in TA-funded classes after deactivation. Soldiers who are still enrolled in TA-funded classes at the time of out-processing will almost certainly be required to reimburse tuition costs. Policy reference for Army TA is AR 621-5.
All Soldiers who have a GoArmyEd username and password are eligible to request TA and enroll in college courses through GoArmyEd. Soldiers who are in good standing and who take college courses offered directly through GoArmyEd will be permitted to enroll in courses without Army Education Counselor approval. In order to remain in good standing, students must adhere to the following guidelines as established by the Army:
Enrollment in a specific class through the GoArmyEd portal is subject to availability. Enrollment requests made by the student through the portal for classes that are listed in GoArmyEd are subsequently forwarded to the offering university. Students should assume that acceptance into the class is confirmed unless otherwise notified by the GoArmyEd portal.
Class enrollment is limited to 12 concurrent semester hours. If a student wishes to enroll in more than 12 semester hours concurrently, they must receive permission from their Army Education Counselor.
Registration deadlines for classes are in the GoArmyEd Course Schedule. Deadlines for dropping classes without financial penalty are also specified for each college on the “School Page” page. Click the “Earn a Degree or Credential” link and then click the “Colleges and Programs” link to view a college's tuition refund schedule. Each college has its own tuition refund schedule for classes dropped after the college’s drop deadline.
The registration deadline for Soldiers, who are in a current eArmyU Technology Package (Laptop) Participation Agreement, at the point of course enrollment, is 11 days prior to the class start date to allow sufficient time for the textbooks to be shipped to the Soldier’s address in the Portal. NOTE: For OCONUS Soldiers, who are in a current eArmyU Technology Package (Laptop) Participation Agreement, at the point of course enrollment, it is highly recommended that enrollment in classes is completed no later than 22 days prior to the class start date. The book supplier makes early book shipments beginning 21 days before a class start date to OCONUS Soldiers to account for longer shipping times.
The following refund schedules are effective for Soldiers, who are in a current eArmyU Technology Package (Laptop) Participation Agreement at the point of course enrollment, and drop or withdraw from an eArmyU class.
For courses with start dates on or before 31 May 08: Soldiers who drop an eArmyU class PRIOR to the class start date (by 12:00 a.m. Eastern Time) are not assessed a penalty for dropping a class. Students who drop an eArmyU class on the start date, or after the class has started are assessed a prorated tuition cost. For example, if a class started on Monday, 16 Apr 08 and a student dropped on Thursday, 5 Apr 08 12:00 a.m. Eastern Time, there would be no penalty. ANY date on or after 16 Apr 08 incurs a penalty.
Soldier in a current eArmyU Technology (Laptop) Participation Agreement, at the Point of Course Enrollment Drops or Withdraws from an eArmyU Class on or before 31 May 08
|When is course dropped/withdrawn?||Tuition|
|At least 11 days prior to course start date||n/a|
|10 or fewer days prior to course start date||n/a|
|Between class start date and 6% of course||reimburse 35%|
|Between 7% and 13% of course||56%|
|Between 14% and 19% of course||75%|
|20% or more of course||100%|
For courses with start dates on and after 1 June 08: Soldiers enrolled in eArmyU classes will follow the college’s tuition refund schedule as displayed in the GoArmyEd portal for classes dropped after the college’s drop deadline.
In order to submit a change to Home College and/or degree plan Soldiers must meet with their Army Education Counselor. Soldiers may not change their degree plan or home college directly with their college if they plan to use Tuition Assistance.
Specific requirements for each degree plan and/or college can be found on the “School Page” page located under the GoArmyEd tab, “Degrees and Programs” link. Soldiers are expected to understand these requirements, and to follow up with the appropriate campus liaison in submission of all additional required applications, transcripts, past education experience, etc.
Soldiers whose requests for a change of a degree plan and/or Home College are denied by the college will be placed on hold and will need to select a new degree plan or home college with their Army Education Counselor.
After an Army Education Counselor approves a change to a degree plan and/or college, Soldiers are required to obtain a new SOCAD Student Agreement (SA) or documented degree plan prior to the end of their second class under the new degree plan or prior to completing nine semester hours at any college using TA. A hold will be placed on the Soldiers account if a new SOCAD SA or documented degree plan is not posted to the Soldiers’ student record by the deadline. The hold will remain in place until this required agreement is in place.
When Soldiers complete all requirements for their degree plan, they are required to visit their Army Education Counselor before taking additional courses through GoArmyEd. An Army Education Counselor must approve a new degree plan in a higher degree.
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Soldiers who have completed 15 or more semester hours of tuition-assistance (TA) funded courses must maintain a 2.0 Army TA GPA in order to meet the eligibility requirement for additional TA. Once a Soldier falls below a 2.0 Army TA GPA, he/she is not eligible for additional TA. TA can be used again once the Soldier has achieved an Army TA GPA of 2.0 with a combination of TA-funded enrollments and subsequent enrollments using other funds.
TA is only authorized in accordance with AR 621-5 and Army policy. Soldiers who enroll in classes that are not part of their certificate/degree plan are required to reimburse the TA-funded portion of tuition.
Soldiers must reimburse TA if a course withdrawal or course failure is for personal or non-military-related reasons. Soldiers who are enrolled in TA-funded courses offered through GoArmyEd may request a withdrawal for military reasons (WM) for waiver of TA reimbursement for mission-related duties, or deployment for reasons the Commander deems are beyond the Soldiers control (emergency leave, death of a family member, illness/hospitalization, etc.). The process to request a WM is embedded in the course withdrawal process on GoArmyEd.
You will be required to select a valid reason for requesting the WM from a drop down menu and provide the name and contact information of your Commander.
The Army will closely monitor WM requests and may audit your request at any time.