Military Tuition Assistance


Tuition Assistance (TA) is available to service members of all branches of the Armed Forces.

Speak with your Education Services Officer (ESO) or counselor within your specific branch prior to enrolling (noting the deadlines below).

Once TA is approved, TA authorization forms are to be sent to Student Accounts & Receivables

Grades: Students will be responsible to repay any TA funds for low grades:

  • Undergraduate: D grade or lower
  • Graduate: C grade or lower

For questions regarding the process at KU, read the specific information below.

Federal Tuition Assistance

Benefit highlights:

You may want to visit your installation Education Center for eligibility requirements.

  • Up to $250 per credit hour; fiscal year cap of $4,000
  • Maximum 16 credit hours per fiscal year
  • Soldiers are limited to 130 credit hours to complete one bachelor’s degree and 39 credit hours to complete one master’s degree
  • Must be out of AIT for one full year before becoming eligible
  • The Army Continuing Education System (ACES) now requires “system generated” documentation of courses and costs
  • TA is NOT flexible. Soldier compliance with both documentation AND timing requirements is essential to receive approval/funding. Be sure to request TA at least 5 business days before the course start date (earlier, up to 60 days, is better).

Application Dates:

  • Window open - 60 days before term start
  • Last day to request - 5 days before term start (includes processing time)

Applying:

  • Submit your education path request to the ArmyIgnitED website.
    • Soldiers with ArmyIgnitED system access questions should contact their Army Education Center/Office.
  • Complete the webform to the KU portal to let us know the semester and courses for which you would like tuition assistance to be applied. This must be completed each semester until ArmyIgnitED is fully operational.
    • Work with your advisor to make sure you know all of your graduation requirements. We will work with your advisor to upload a degree plan (referred to as a Student Degree Plan or SDP) into ArmyIgnitED. This will look different than the graduation plan you create with your advisor. Please use your KU graduation plan to ensure you are completing your degree requirements.

Benefit highlights:

More information is on the Air Force Virtual Education Center (AFVEC) portal or at your base Education Center.

  • Up to $250 per credit hour; fiscal year cap of $3,750 beginning FY21
  • Maximum of 18 credit hours per fiscal year
  • Limited to 124 credit hours to complete one bachelor’s degree and 42 credit hours to complete one master’s degree

Application Dates:

  • Window open - 45 days before term start
  • Last day to request - 7 days before term start

Benefit highlights:

More information is on the Navy College Program portal or at your base Education Center.

  • Up to $250 per credit hour; fiscal year cap of $4,500
  • Maximum of 12 credit hours per fiscal year
  • Limited to 120 credit hours
  • Must have a minimum of two years of time in service

Application Dates:

  • Window open - 120 days before term start
  • Last day to request - 14 days before term start

Applying (more details at Navy College):

  • Inform your command.
  • Complete required training.
  • Receive Navy education counseling; establish an education plan.
  • Submit education plan; review with Navy College counselor.
  • Submit TA/NCPACE application in MyNavy Education.
  • Generate TA/NCPACE voucher and send to stu.account@ku.edu.

Benefit highlights:

More information is on the Joint Knowledge Online (JKO) portal or at your base Education Center.

  • Up to $250 per credit hour; fiscal year cap of $4,500
  • Reservists are only eligible if they are on continuous active duty or have been ordered to 120+ days active duty
  • Must have a minimum of 100 GT score or 10.2 TABE score
  • Fees directly required for a course may be combined with tuition (e.g. business school fee for each credit hour)
  • TA cannot be approved for more than two classes in a given semester

Application Dates:

  • Window open - 60 days before term start
  • Last day to request - 1 day before term start

Applying:

  • First time students must complete an online HEP-US001 course via JKO prior to using TA
    • Upon completion, submit your certificate via a Help Request and select the category “Submit Higher Education Prep Course (JKO)
  • Must also complete MCI Personal Financial Management course 3420G.

Benefit highlights:

Accepted on a case-by-case basis. More information is on the Coast Guard portal or at your base Education Center.

  • Up to $250 per credit hour; fiscal year cap of $2,250.
  • After you have it approved through your education center, print, sign, and forward the authorized/funded TA voucher to stu.account@ku.edu.

Application Dates:

  • Window open - 90 days before term start
  • Last day to request - 16 days before term start

Students interested in using the Top Up Program should first contact their Education Service Officer.

Eligibility:

  • Must be eligible for Federal TA, AND
  • Must be eligible for MGIB-Active Duty (Chapter 30), or the Post-9/11 GI Bill® (Chapter 33)

Benefit:

  • Top Up can pay up to the amount of difference between the amount of tuition assistance paid by TA and the in state cost of the course
  • Up to 36 months of payments

Applying:

  • Complete KU's VA Request to Use Benefits form and under "Anticipated Aid or Scholarships," check the relevant tuition assistance box.
  • If you haven't done so (or when you receive them), submit your TA authorization forms to stu.account@ku.edu

Effects on VA Benefits:

  • Chapter 30 (Montgomery GI Bill - Active Duty)
    • You will be charged one month of GI Bill for time you are paid a cumulative amount that would add to the full time monthly rate for the Chapter 30  
    • For example, A full time student is charged one month of VA benefits for every $1,857.00 (rate for 2019) of tuition that the VA pays (that TA didn’t cover)
    • If the VA pays half of the monthly rate, you will be charged half of a month of GI Bill, etc.
    • See current rates
  • Chapter 33 (Post-9/11 GI Bill)
    • You will be charged based upon the training time you are enrolled in, e.g. if you are enrolled half time you will be charged half of a month of the Post-9/11 GI Bill per month of classes.
    • If you are enrolled in full-time classes, you would be charged one full month of GI Bill for every month of classes.
    • Note: The VA is the “last payer” and the Top Up program is dependent upon your percentage of eligibility. For example, if tuition was $2,000 and TA paid $1,000 and you were only 50% eligible for Ch. 33, the Top Up will pay 50% of the remaining $1,000 of tuition, or $500.

State Tuition Assistance

Benefit highlights:

  • Available for Army and Air National Guard members without a bachelor's degree.
  • Funds up to 100%* of tuition and fees and most required fees for up to 15 credit hours a semester. (*dependent on state funding and number of students using this benefit. Also, it's rounded down to the nearest dollar so some students may still see small amounts due even when it funds 100%.)
    • Students must apply for Federal TA if eligible - speak with your unit Education Service Officer (ESO) for details or call the main ESO line at 785-646-0155.
    • Speak with your ESO before also using Ch. 1606 GI Bill benefits to ensure maximizing all benefits based on your education goals.
    • Funds are typically distributed a little over halfway through the semester.
  • Assistance for one semester = three months added onto your current contract. Discuss with ESO.
  • Must maintain 2.0 GPA and submit transcripts to your ESO at the end of each semester.

Application Dates:

  • Window open - Early January for next academic year (priority date: May 1st)
  • Last day to request - 
    • Fall start - Aug. 31st
    • Spring start - Jan. 31st

Applying:

  • A single application is good for fall and spring semesters within that school year. Must reapply each school year.
  • Eligible students must have a FAFSA on file at your school.
  • Online application – scroll down to "Kansas National Guard Assistance," complete the online application and submit.
  • Note: You do not need to turn anything in to KU to use this benefit.

In general, state tuition assistance programs will only pay for classes taken at schools within their state or territory. However, please refer to the program details for the state or territory where you are a National Guard member for specific guidance on eligible schools.

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