Army Tuition Assistance Changes 2014

Several changes are being made to the Army’s Tuition Assistance (TA) Program.   Some have already happened, and many are coming in the next few months.  TA is an amazing benefit, but it can be hard to keep up with  changes.  Your education center should be able to help you with the details, but it is good to remain informed because you are ultimately responsible for charges not covered by TA.

Soldier Eligibility

Effective  1 January 2014, soldiers must have  completed one year of service following graduation from Advanced Individual Training (AIT) to become eligible for undergraduate TA benefits.

Beginning 1 October 2015, soldiers must have completed ten years of service to earn TA benefits for graduate level courses if any portion of their undergraduate studies were paid with TA funds.   Soldiers currently pursuing a graduate degree, but who do not have ten years of service, will remain eligible for graduate level TA benefits until 30 September 2014.

Minimum Grades

For any classes that begin after 6 September 2014, reimbursement will be required for any class that is not successfully completely.  The definition of successful completion is set at a grade of “C” for undergraduate classes and a grade of “B” for graduate classes.

If a course is not successfully completed, the soldier will be required to reimburse the amount paid by TA within 30 days.

Fees and Extra Costs

Effective 1 October 2014, TA will not pay for any extra fees or costs associated with courses.  These include laboratory fees or course fees.  TA will only paid the costs of the actual tuition.

Course Change Deadlines

All TA requests must be submitted and approved prior to the course start date, or benefits will not be paid.  Soldiers should request TA at least ten days prior to the course start date to ensure that the staff has time to review and approve the request.  It has been noted that failing to receive approval prior to the class start date will not be a valid reason to have an exception approved.

Semester Limits

Additionally, the $4,500 limit per semester has been changed to a 16 semester-hour limit per semester.

Tuition Cost Limits

TA will pay up to $250 per semester hour for tuition costs.  Amounts that exceed $250 per semester hour will be the responsibility of the soldier.

School Eligibility

Effective 5 September 2014, schools who have not agreed to the new Department of Defense Instruction 1322.25 will not longer be eligible to receive TA payments.  Students should check with their education center to ensure that their school has complied with the necessary agreements to remain within the TA system.

These are a lot of changes to happen within the same year.  Be informed so you can use your great benefits to keep moving on your education.

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Kate Horrell
Kate Horrell is a military financial coach, mom of four teens, and Navy spouse. She has a background in taxes and mortgage banking, and a trove of experience helping other military families with their money. Follow her on twitter @realKateHorrell.
  • Coastie

    I think Ms. Horrell made an error in the semester/amount paragraph. TA was capped per fiscal year at $4500.00, now it is capped 16 hours per fiscal year not a semester.

  • CBabs

    But yet some soldiers received TA benefits last year but now are being told that they can’t have it this year.

    • Kate

      CBabs, can you tell me more? I’d like to look into this. Thanks!

      • Cbabs

        My son joined last summer in national guard reserves and recvd TA for fall semester and then did his boot camp and AIT training Jan – June 2014 but when he went to process his TA for this year’s tuition he was told the military changed the rule that you had to have been out of AIT training for one year before he could have any funds for education. So he got it last yr for 1 semester but can’t have it this yr. I would think he would be grandfathered in on the program.

        • Kate

          Considering the stated reason for the change, I don’t think that grandfathering would make sense.

  • Pierre

    Should we have not been grandfathered in?

    • Gus

      No, there is no grandfather clause.