Army Tuition Assistance provides funds for Soldiers' voluntary postsecondary education, enabling them to complete college classes and earn degrees. Postsecondary education increases the professionalism and readiness of the Force, and supports Army Talent Management.
What is Paid For?
- Up to 16 Semester Hours (SH) of tuition; $250 per SH, up to $4000 per fiscal year (FY)
- Soldiers may use both Federal TA and Credentialing Assistance (CA); however, the combined usage shall not exceed the $4000 FY limit
- Soldiers cannot be a contracted ROTC Scholarship cadet (receiving either tuition and fees or room and board), Green to Gold ROTC program Cadet, or assigned to the Individual Ready Reserve (IRR) or Inactive National Guard (ING)
- Soldier cannot be flagged under provisions of 600-8-2
- Soldier must have a Common Access Card (CAC)
- Soldier must have an active ArmyIgnitED account
- Soldier must resolve any holds in their ArmyIgnitED account
- Soldier must have a Tuition Assistance Education Goal created and approved within ArmyIgnitED
- Soldier must complete their Virtual Benefits Training within ArmyIgnitED
- Soldiers must be able to complete their tuition assistance course at least 14 calendar days before separation and/or fulfill their TA service obligation
The Army Credentialing Assistance (CA) program increases the Soldier’s value to and competitiveness of the Army through helping Soldiers attain industry recognized credentials. Credentialing Soldiers improves Army readiness through retention of quality Soldiers, enhances Soldier career progression, and provides Soldiers with skills and capabilities reflective of civilian qualifications. Funding is provided for voluntary off-duty courses and/or exams leading to an industry-recognized academic or vocational credential listed in the Army COOL website.
What Is Paid For?
Credentialing Assistance will pay for all necessary books, supplies, and associated materials required for an approved training course and/or exam. Soldiers may use both Federal Tuition Assistance (TA) and Credentialing Assistance (CA); however, the combined usage shall not exceed the $4,000 fiscal year limit.
- Soldiers must meet basic Federal TA eligibility requirements
- Soldier must have a Credentialing Assistance Education Goal created and approved within ArmyIgnitED
- Soldier must complete their Annual Virtual Credentialing Assistance Training within ArmyIgnitED
- Soldiers must complete the credential training and/or exam at least 30 calendar days before separation