Soldier - Tuition Assistance (TA) Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Q: Can I start using TA for my master's degree as soon as I graduate from AIT, WOBC or BOLC since I already had a bachelor's when I joined?
A: If you already had a baccalaureate degree when you entered the military, you may begin working on a master’s degree once you have met the military education requirements outlined in the Tuition Assistance Policy (effective 5 August 2018).
Q: How does prior service impact the one year after AIT/WOBC/BOLC rule?
A: Prior service, regardless of Service, will be used to establish the Tuition Assistance eligibility date for Army TA. TA used while a member of another branch of Service does not have any impact on the use of Army TA.
Q: What is the impact of the FY14 TA Policy on “host nation language” courses?
A: If you are stationed OCONUS may continue to use TA for host nation language courses.
Q: When do the Warrant Officer candidates in the high school to flight school program become eligible for TA?
A: The high school to Warrant Officers Flight Training (WOFT) will be eligible for TA one year after the completion of flight school.
Q: What is the recommended guidance for requesting TA at “flat-rate” tuition school (example: tuition cost remains the same for 12-18 semester hours)?
A: You should request TA for 12 SH through GoArmyEd, take the approved Non-LOI TA Request form to the school and then enroll for the additional SHs directly with the school. That way you will still have 4 SH to use in the next term.
Q: If a Soldier is under the 16 SH limit but the next enrollment would take the total above 16 SH, will TA pay for the SH that do not go over the 16 SH limit?
A: TA will pay for UP TO 16 SH, you will be required to pay for the SH over 16.
Q: Do 16 semester hours of TA-funded classes start at the beginning of the calendar year or at the beginning of the academic year?
A: The 16 semester hour is based on the fiscal year, 1 October to 30 September. TA is associated with the class start date within a fiscal year.
Q: Can I take more than 16 semester hours a year if my classes are less than $250 per credit?
A: No, the credit-hour cost of your tuition will not change the 16 semester hours of TA-funded classes for which you are eligible.
Q: Will remedial college classes count towards the 16 semester hour limit?
A: Yes, the semester hours used for remedial classes will count towards your 16 semester hour fiscal year total.
Q: Will classes dropped for personal reasons count towards the 16 semester hour limit?
A: Yes, classes dropped after the start date in which there is a cost to the Army will count towards your 16 semester hour fiscal year total.
Q: Will classes dropped for military reasons count towards the 16 semester hour limit?
A: If you have to drop a class due to unforeseen military reasons, those semester hours will not count towards your 16 semester hour fiscal year total. Note: Military withdrawal must be approved by your Education Services Officer to be valid.
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