Paying up to 100%
The Marine Corps Tuition Assistance (TA) program supports eligible Marines, paying up to 100% of tuition and required fees for taking college courses while on active duty.
All Marines earn $4,500 yearly to pay for higher education: it will fund one certificate, one associate’s, one bachelor’s, and one master’s degree. This is a use-or-lose funding and completely separate from your GI Bill. The first step to TA is attending our TA 101 class offered every Wednesday from 1130-1230 in Bldg 220.
The Bottom line: the more academic credit you earn while on active duty, the further you’ll be able to stretch that awesome, 36-month Post-9/11 GI Bill; for example, paying for a master’s degree or an expensive, career-focused professional certification.
TA is available for all active duty Marines with at least 24 months of service. Tuition assistance is also available to reservists on continuous active duty, enlisted reservists ordered to active duty for 120 days, and reserve officers ordered to active duty for two years or more.
The Marine Corps will pay 100% tuition and fees not to exceed:
- $250 per semester credit hour, or
- $166 per quarter credit hour, and
- $4,500 per fiscal year
- First-time users can only take one course for their first enrollment, and all others are limited to a maximum of two courses at a time.
- Must have a minimum GT score of 100 or a minimum TABE score of 10.2
- Must complete Marine Corps Institute (MCI) Personal Financial Management (Course ID 3420G).
- TA can't be used if you have had or are pending disciplinary action.
- TA can't be used to pay for flight training.
- TA can't pay for the same course more than once.
- TA can't be approved retroactively. Applications must be submitted and command approved before the course starts.
- You must earn a grade of D or higher or a P for passing all non-graduate-level coursework and a C or higher for graduate-level courses. If not, you have to repay all TA funds for that course.
- TA does not cover fees like equipment, supplies, exams, and costs associated with distance learning.
- TA is authorized for graduate studies through the master's degree level; doctoral programs will not be funded.
- Only schools with an approved DOD Voluntary Education Partnership MOU are eligible to participate in DOD Voluntary Education programs, including military tuition assistance.
The rules and regulations regarding TA can be found in MCO 1560.25.
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