Tuition Assistance (TA) is a benefit offered to service members to assist with the cost of tuition. Military Tuition Assistance typically covers 100 percent of tuition, up to the $250 cap per credit hour. Our undergraduate tuition rate is discounted to $250 per credit hour, and our graduate programs are discounted for military personnel. Tuition Assistance only applies to tuition; students still need to pay semester fees.
Please see the Military Tuition Discounts & Scholarships page for information about military tuition discounts and instructions on how to apply for a discount.
Tuition Assistance Policies
Important Dates & Deadlines
Tuition Assistance Authorization Forms must be submitted to the Military Benefits Office by the payment deadline (first day of term) each semester.
Note: Military Tuition Assistance rules require accurate start and end dates on all TA authorizations. Please reference the appropriate dates for each enrollment period.
Choose your branch of service for a specific Tuition Assistance guide:
Are you a new or prospective student? First visit the GoArmyEd Admissions Page.
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Virginia Army National Guard soldiers may be eligible to receive both Federal and State TA. Federal TA is capped at $4,500 per military fiscal year and State TA is capped at $2,500 per semester (up to $6,000 per year). Soldiers may also get up to $350 in TA for books.
Air Force Reserve students may request Tuition Assistance (TA) reimbursement through their military education office. This means that the student must make payment directly to Regent and the student will receive reimbursement upon successful completion of the course. Please note that TA must be requested BEFORE the start date in order to receive reimbursement.
*Please Note: students using Air Force Reserve reimbursement Tuition Assistance will be responsible for making payment arrangements by the normal Business Office payment deadlines each semester.
Step 1 – Apply for Reimbursement TA
NOTE: “Reservists must apply for Tuition Assistance before the start of each class. The Reservist pays attending institution all costs associated with taking each class(s), and is then reimbursed (payment made directly to student) if the grade earned is a C- or better, to include “Satisfactory” and “Pass” on an alternate scale.”
Spouses of Active Duty or activated National Guard or Reserve service members seeking an Associate’s degree, certifications and licensure programs may be eligible for the Military Spouse Career Advancement benefit which offers up to $4,000 in educational Tuition Assistance.
To determine your eligibility for this program and to register, please go to the MyCAA website.
If you are eligible for the MyCAA program, please follow these steps:
What is TOP UP?
On October 30, 2000, the President signed into law an amendment to the Montgomery GI Bill® – Active Duty education program that permits VA to pay a Tuition Assistance Top- up benefit. If you’re eligible for MGIB, and plan to use Tuition Assistance (TA), and your service will not pay 100 percent of tuition and fees, you can use MGIB Top-up to pay the outstanding balance.
Am I eligible?
To be eligible for the Top-up benefits, you must be approved for federal Tuition Assistance by a military department and be eligible for MGIB-Active Duty benefits. (The Top-up program is not available at this time to persons who are eligible for the MGIB Selected Reserve program.)
To be eligible for MGIB benefits, you must be an MGIB – Active Duty participant and must have served at least two full years on Active Duty. The VA determines your eligibility for MGIB. If you’re eligible for MGIB, the TA approval form establishes your eligibility for Top-up. No certifications from the school are needed.
How do I apply?
These claims are handled differently from claims for MGIB without TA. For Top-up claims, you won’t need to check in with the school official who certifies VA benefits; Top-up is payable for any course for which TA is payable under DOD criteria.
Important: If a person receives the Top-up benefit, his or her regular MGIB benefits will be reduced. The amount of entitlement charged for Top-up payments is determined by dividing the amount of the payment by the claimant’s full-time monthly rate.
Can I use this benefit for previous semesters?
Top-up can apply retroactively, but you must be eligible for the Montgomery GI Bill®, and the VA can only go back one year from the date your claim was/is received in VA. Also, Top-Up can only be used for training in terms that began on or after October 30, 2000, which is the effective date of the law.
A Quick Overview of the process:
Request TA from your branch of service. See your education services officer or education counselor.
Complete an application for VA education benefits, VA Form 22-1990, at www.gibill.va.gov
Indicate “Top-up” on the VA application in item 1A under the MGIB-Active Duty block.
Send your TA approval form, along with the application for VA education benefits, to the VA Regional Processing Office that handles your claim. The address is on the form.
If you’ve previously filed a claim for MGIB and weren’t denied benefits, simply submit your signed TA approval form to the VA Regional Processing Office that handles your claim.
The application and other evidence should be sent to one of VA’s four education processing offices in Atlanta, Buffalo, Muskogee (OK), or St. Louis. Claims should specify that Tuition Assistance Top-up is being claimed.
You can get an Approved Degree Plan or Degree Worksheet from your Academic Advisor.
“GI Bill®” is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website at www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.