Military Service Center

Tuition Assistance

 

Tuition Assistance

If you've thought about attending The University of Toledo, but didn't know if you could afford it, then the Military Tuition Assistance program may be just the benefit you need. The program is available to Active Duty, Reserve and National Guard service members.

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. The Military Service Center (MSC) can assist you with getting started.

Tuition assistance may be used for the following programs:

  • Vocational/technical programs
  • 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 Reserve and National Guard 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 will fund up to 100 percent of your college tuition and certain fees with the following limits:

  • Not to exceed $250 per semester credit hour or $166 per quarter credit hour
  • Not to exceed $4,500 per fiscal year, October 1 through September 30

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

In the event that you must withdraw from courses and it is not due to one of the reasons listed above you can be reimbursed up to 60% of the course dependent on when your withdraw was submitted.

  • 16-week Course Withdraw submitted, the 60% of course is completed at 9.6 weeks
  • 15-week Course Withdraw submitted, the 60% of course is completed at 9 weeks
  • 12-week Course Withdraw submitted, the 60% of course completed at 7.2 weeks
  • 10-week Course Withdraw submitted, the 60% of course completed at 6 weeks
  • 8-week Course Withdraw submitted, the 60% of course completed at 4.8 weeks
  • 6-week Course Withdraw submitted, the 60% of course completed at 3.6 weeks

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 may be required to develop an education plan or complete TA orientation. Be sure to keep in mind when you apply that your use of tuition assistance must be approved before you enroll in a course.

Last Updated: 11/1/19