Active Duty Service Members

How to Use the Military Tuition Assistance Program

 This program is available to active duty, National Guard and Reserve Component service members. Courses and degree programs are academic and can be taken in residence or by distance learning. Your service branch pays your tuition directly to the school. Service members need to first check with an education counselor for the specifics involving TA by visiting their local installation education office or by going online to a virtual education center. Tuition assistance may be used for the following programs at Humboldt State University:

  • Undergraduate programs
  • Graduate programs
  • Independent study
  • Distance-learning programs

Eligibility

All four service branches and the U.S. Coast Guard offer financial assistance for voluntary, off-duty education programs in support of service members' personal and professional goals. The program is open to officers, warrant officers and enlisted active-duty service personnel. In addition, members of the National Guard and Reserve Components may be eligible for TA based on their service eligibility. To be eligible for TA, an enlisted service member must have enough time remaining in service to complete the course for which he or she has applied. After the completion of a course, an officer using TA must fulfill a service obligation that runs parallel with – not in addition to – any existing service obligation. 

Coverage amounts and monetary limits

The Tuition Assistance Program may fund up  your college tuition and certain fees with the following limits:

  • Not to exceed $250 per semester credit hour
  • Not to exceed $4,500 per fiscal year, Oct. 1 through Sept. 30

Tuition assistance versus the Department of Veterans Affairs education benefits

While the TA program is offered by the services, the Department of Veterans Affairs administers a variety of education benefit programs. Some of the VA programs, such as the Post-9/11 Veterans Education Assistance Act of 2008, also known as the Post-9/11 GI Bill, can work well with the TA program, as it can supplement fees not covered by TA. In addition, the Post-9/11 GI Bill® funds are available to you after you leave the military. If your service ended before Jan. 1, 2013, you have 15 years to use this benefit. If your service ended on or after Jan. 1, 2013, the benefit won’t expire. The TA program is a benefit that is available only while you're in the service.

Tuition assistance benefits and restrictions

Tuition assistance will cover the following expenses:

  • Tuition
  • Course-specific fees such as laboratory fee or online course fee

NOTE: All fees must directly relate to the specific course enrollment of the service member.

Tuition assistance will not cover the following expenses:

  • Books and course materials
  • Flight training fees
  • Taking the same course twice
  • Continuing education units, or CEUs

Keep in mind that TA will not fund your college courses, and you will have to reimburse any funds already paid, if any of the following situations occur:

  • Leaving the service before the course ends
  • Quitting the course for reasons other than personal illness, military transfer or mission requirements
  • Failing the course

Application process

Each military branch has its own TA application form and procedures. To find out how to get started, visit your local installation education center, go online to a virtual education center or click on the following links for each service branch:

Prior to your course enrollment, you are required to complete paperwork with Humboldt State University Veterans Enrollment & Transition (VETS) to set up your file for Tuition Assistance and review the VETS Orientation in CANVAS found on your student portal. Be sure to keep the following important information in mind when you apply:

  • Your service's education center must approve your military tuition assistance before you enroll in a course.
  • You should meet with the Veterans Program Administrator at Humboldt State University VETS to discuss financial resources and your degree plan.

Top-up program

The Top-up program allows funds from the Montgomery GI Bill -- Active Duty or the Post-9/11 GI Bill – to be used for tuition and fees for high-cost courses that are not fully covered by TA funds.

  • Eligibility. To use Top-up, your service branch must approve you for TA. You also must be eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill or the Montgomery GI Bill -- Active Duty.
  • Application. First apply for TA in accordance with procedures of your service branch. After you have applied for TA, you will need to complete the online form from the VA to apply for Department of Veterans Affairs education benefits. Make sure you specify "Top-up" on the application and mail it to one of the education processing offices listed on the form.

Graduation

Graduating veterans can purchase stoles for $20 dollars.

Dead line for purchase is May 1st.

Contact the cashier office for details 

 

Phone | 707-826-6789 Fax | 707-826-4929
hsu-cash@humboldt.edu

Humboldt State University VETS Office

Kim Hall, LCSW, LMSW
Veterans Program Administrator 1994-2020

HSU Campus Events Field
Module 8
Arcata, CA 95521
Phone: 707-826-6272
FAX: 707-826-6275
E-mail: vets@humboldt.edu

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