Federal Tuition Assistance Changes for Army Branches

June 26, 2018|Posted in: Education, Finances

On 6 June 2018, The Secretary of the Army signed Army Directive 2018-09 (Army Tuition Assistance Policy) with an effective implementation date of 5 August 2018. This directive eliminates the one-year or ten-year wait to use Federal Tuition Assistance and applies to all Soldiers, regardless of component.

Starting 5 August 2018, Soldiers will be eligible for two tiers of TA depending on their current level of civilian education.

Tier 1: Soldiers who have a) not attained a bachelor’s degree and wish to pursue an undergraduate certificate/diploma, or associate or bachelor’s degree; or b) have previously attained a bachelor’s degree without the use of TA and who wish to pursue an undergraduate or graduate certificate/diploma or master’s degree.

Soldiers establish Tier 1 TA eligibility as follows:

a. Enlisted Soldiers who have graduated Advanced Individual Training.
b. Warrant officers who have graduated Warrant Officer Basic Course.
c. Officers who have graduated Basic Officer Leaders Course.

Tier 2: Soldiers who previously used TA for any portion of their undergraduate degree, have attained a Bachelor’s degree, and wish to pursue an undergraduate or graduate certificate/diploma or Master’s degree.

If TA was used for any portion of the undergraduate degree, Soldiers establish Tier 2 TA eligibility for pursuit of a Master’s degree as follows:

a. Enlisted Soldiers who have successfully completed Advanced Leaders Course.
b. Warrant officers who have graduated Warrant Officer Advanced Course.
c. Officers who have graduated Captain Career Course or equivalent.

If you are in Tier 2 and have not completed the military education requirements, you may become ineligible to use TA by August 5th. You are allowed to request TA for any class that starts within 60 days of August 5th and TA will pay for it; however, after this date, you will be placed on hold until your military education requirement is met.

Soldiers must still meet other eligibility requirements, as described in Army Directive 2018-09 (Army Tuition Assistance Policy), to receive TA regardless of tier level they are pursuing.

POC for this announcement is Mary Lantz, 720-250-1338, mary.d.lantz2.civ@mail.mil