Scholarships & Alternative Funding
Military Tuition Assistance (TA)
TA can be used by service members who meet the following conditions:
- A minimum of 2 years of active duty and 60 days remaining on active duty after completion of the course for which TA is approved
- A minimum GT score of 100, a minimum TABE score of 10.2 or a MASP completion certificate
- No disciplinary actions or pending disciplinary actions
- Eligible for promotion
If a service member meets these requirements, they may start the TA application process. If they do not meet these qualifications, please contact our office.
First time applicants should do the following:
- Visit the Education Office for information on TA and selecting the best academic program for their educational and career goals.
- Apply and be accepted for a degree or certificate program. Not all programs are approved for TA. Contact the Education Office to confirm program’s eligibility.
- Obtain a copy of their degree/academic plan from the school with the required courses.
- Log in to Joint Knowledge Online (JKO) and complete the Higher Education Preparation Course. Print and sign the certificate.
- Read, print, and sign the Statement of Understanding.
- Log in to WebTA and upload signed Higher Education Preparation Course certificate, signed Statement of Understanding, and a degree/academic plan.
- Contact the Education Office to review and open access to TA applications.
- Apply for TA for the specific courses and term requested.
- Submit an application for Command approval. The Education Office will review and provide a TA voucher after the Command approves. Be sure to allow time for the approval process as TA cannot be authorized after the start date of the class.
- After approval, print the voucher from WebTA and sign and deliver it to the school to authorize the tuition payment.
TA can only be approved for courses within 60 days and needs to be applied for each term. To apply for TA for another term, applicants should repeats steps 8-10. Only 2 classes are funded at a time. Only 1 class is funded for first time users, applicants with a GPA below 2.5 or those who failed their last class. For detailed instructions on how to log on and use WebTA CLICK HERE
Service Members may receive up to $4,500 per fiscal year (1 Oct-30 Sep). There is a cap of $250 per semester hour, $166.67 per quarter hour, and $16.67 per clock hour. Failed classes (D, F, W or I at bachelor’s level) will require repayment. For full details, see the current MCO and most recent MARADMIN on TA or contact your Education Office.
Waivers for repayment are available for students who involuntarily withdraw due to circumstances beyond their control. Please contact the Education Office for consideration.
- TA cannot be used to pay for flight training
- TA cannot be used by those in duty-under-instruction status or in an officer accession program involving full time instruction at a civilian institution
- TA will not be authorized for the same course previously funded by TA
- Up-front TA funding is not provided for courses if the school’s drop/add period or late registration date has passed
For more information, contact the Education Office.
Additional Funding Resources
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
Types of Federal Aid
Financial Resources for Higher Education Webinar
Military.com Scholarship Finder
TA DECIDE is an information and comparison tool to help make informed choices regarding schools and education programs. The TA DECIDE engine provides high value, actionable information on educational costs and outcomes to compare educational institutions that may be under consideration. To learn more about TA DECIDE CLICK HERE
GI Bill & Veterans Affairs (VA) Programs
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has education programs to advance the education and skills of active duty Service Members such as the Post-9/11 GI Bill and the Montgomery GI Bill. While the Education Service Specialists are not VA counselors, they can assist in using VA tools and applying for the GI Bill or other programs. For more information about VA education programs, visit www.benefits.va.gov
For additional resources and scholarship information, contact your local Education Office.
Marine Corps COOL
This web-based hub catalogs extensive information on occupational credentials — including certifications, licenses, apprenticeships and growth opportunities — correlating with every enlisted Marine Corps MOS. It provides "how to" instructions for pursuing these credentials, links to credentialing organizations, and refers service members to programs that may help pay for credentialing fees such as the COOL vouchers and Montgomery GI Bill. Visit www.cool.navy.mil/usmc
to learn more.
United Services Military Apprenticeship Program (USMAP)
USMAP is open to all active duty personnel and combines on-the-job training with related technical instruction. Those who complete the program while on active duty will receive a certificate of completion of apprenticeship status for their military skills. For more information about USMAP, visit usmap.cnet.navy.mil
In less than 30 minutes, you can take all three of the Kuder® Journey assessments to learn more about yourself. Taking the Kuder Work Values Assessment (learn what’s most important to you), Kuder Career Interests Assessment (connect your top interests with career clusters), and the Kuder Skills Confidence Assessment-A (what do you believe you’re good at doing?) will kick-start exploration and encourage more career satisfaction. Log on to www.dantes.kuder.com
to get started.
Education Services Specialists offer a wide range of academic advice including how to get started, what school to choose, what program to study, tools to research educational questions, whether or not to use distance learning, financial options, available basic skills courses, and more. Appointments are available throughout the day and walk-ins are always welcome.
Joint Service Transcript (JST) - Formerly SMART
Joint Service Transcript (JST) is an academically accepted record validated by the American Council on Education (ACE). The primary purpose of JST is to assist service members in obtaining college credit for their military experience. Go to www.jst.doded.mil
to create an account and look at what may have already been earned. For questions or to report transcript errors, please call the local Education Office.
Service Member Opportunity Degree Network System (SOCDNS)
The Service Member Opportunity Degree Network System (SOCDNS) is a system of college curriculum exchanges for service members and their adult family members. SOC guarantees the transfer of courses between SOC member colleges to allow the military community to obtain higher education despite the transient lifestyle. If a student is interested in obtaining a SOC agreement, they should contact their college or university. For more information, CLICK HERE
Navy College Program for Afloat College Education (NCPACE)
Provided by 12 regionally accredited schools, NCPACE allows Marines and Sailors with Type 2 and 4 Unit Identification Code commands to continue their education through distance learning and instructor led classes. Course work is available for undergraduate and graduate degrees and may be transferable through the SOCDNS program. Sailors have first priority and Marines can register for classes when space is available. For more information, visit www.navycollege.navy.mil
Leadership Scholar Program (LSP)
The Leadership Scholar Program (LSP) assists honorably discharging active duty Marines in gaining admission to over 200 universities/colleges around the country. For more information, visit leadershipscholarprogram.com
Military Academic Skills Program (MASP)
The Military Academic Skills Program is available to improve reading, mathematics, communications, and writing skills. The free 3-week course strengthens attendees’ foundations and builds confidence to start a college course or complete required career testing. It can also fulfill requirements for TA participation.
Tutor.com allows Active Duty Marines to connect to a live tutor online at any time for one-to-one help with homework, studying, test prep, proofreading, and more. The service is available at no charge. For more detailed information, CLICK HERE
Additional Education Resources
Marine Corps University, College of Distance Education and Training
, for Professional Military Education, language lessons, and personal and professional skills.
English Classes for Adults/Clases de Inglés Para Adultos
research databases and continuing education classes.
Testing & Test Prep
The Education Offices are available to proctor exams for school and work. Standardized testing is available at no cost for active duty. Tests offered include:
- Armed Forces Classification Test (AFCT) (active duty ASVAB)
- Aviation Selection Test Battery (ASTB)
- Defense Language Aptitude Battery (DLAB)
- Defense Language Proficiency Test (DLPT)
- Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE)
Standardized and Education Testing
DANTES Reimbursable Testing
- Graduate Records Exam (GRE)
- Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT)
- Praxis I and II
- General Education Diploma (GED)