Tuition Assistance Benefit

Tuition Assistance (TA) is a benefit paid to eligible members of the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, and Coast Guard, to include National Guard and Reserves. This benefit may pay up to 100% of the tuition expenses of its members.  Each service has its own criteria for eligibility, obligated service, application processes, and restrictions. This money is usually paid directly to the college or institution by the individual services.  For additional information, contact your Base/Post Education Center or follow the link below for your particular service/component:

Additionally, active duty members may elect to use the MGIB "Top-Up" in addition to their service-provided TA to cover high-cost courses.


Department of Defense TA DECIDE. This dynamic information and comparison tool is designed specifically to aide participants of DoD's Tuition Assistance (TA) program in making informed choices on schools and education programs.TA DECIDE provides you with high value, actionable information on educational costs and outcomes to compare educational institutions that you may be considering. Visit their page here: TA Decide.

About Payment Schedules

After initial certification, please be advised that it takes approximately six weeks before the first payment to arrive. Students will receive their benefits check at the end of each month. Reminder: Students are paid in the rear for educational benefits. (e.g., September payment is for August). Please take this in to account when planning your personal finances.

To avoid a delay in payment, notify us of any changes in academic program, course load, address, marital or dependent status, and of withdrawal from one or more courses.