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.

Once TA is approved, send TA authorization forms (if applicable) 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
  • Officers who use this program may incur a service obligation

Application dates:

  • Window open - 60 days before term start
  • Last day to request - 5 days before term start (includes processing time). TA is NOT flexible. Soldier compliance with both documentation AND timing requirements is essential to receive approval/funding.

Applying:

ArmyIgnitED 1.0 is no longer accessible to process TA or upload data. ArmyIgnited 2.0 is online for students to set up their accounts and begin processing TA for October classes. 

For FY 21 and 22, any unprocessed TARs will eventually migrate to 2.0 for processing; KU will process once we are able. Students who will need to do historical TARs will work with their Education Centers on those; schools won't be involved with historical TARs.

  • Create an account and create your educational goal on the ArmyIgnitED 2.0 website.
    • Soldiers with ArmyIgnitED system access questions should contact their Army Education Center/Office.
    • Can't find the right education path? Email masc@ku.edu and include your student ID number.
  • The EDP is not yet required, but will be soon.
    • However, you should work with your advisor to make sure you know all of your graduation requirements. In the near future, you will upload a degree plan (referred to as a Evaluated Degree Plan or EDP) into ArmyIgnitED. 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

Can't find your KU degree program in AFVEC? Please contact us and we can get it loaded into the system.

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 18 credit hours per fiscal year
  • Limited to 120 credit hours
  • Must have a minimum of three 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:

Marines must apply for Marine Corps Tuition Assistance (TA) through WebTA (login required).

  • 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
  • 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
  • More TA regulations and guidelines

Application dates:

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

Applying:

  • Contact your Marine Corps Voluntary Education Center to receive educational counseling either in person or by phone. With your academic advisor, determine which courses will be requested for TA funding.
  • To apply for Tuition Assistance electronically from any computer, complete a TA Application in WebTA listing course(s).
  • Start your application 60 days in advance of the term start date. You can submit your TA even before finishing your enrollment in the course at your school.

Benefit highlights:

More information is on the Coast Guard portal or with your Education Service Officer.

  • Up to $250 per credit hour; fiscal year cap of $4,500.
  • TA can now be used toward a second academic certificate or second undergraduate degree (this does not apply toward a second graduate degree, though you can use TA for a first graduate degree).

Application dates:

  • Window opens 90 days before term start
  • A complete TA application (degree plan uploaded, command approved) must be received by ETQC NO LESS than 14 days prior to the class start date, not including the date of submission to ETQC nor the class start date. There are no exceptions or waivers to this policy. 

Applying:

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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