Air Force Tuition Assistance (TA) is a benefit that provides 100% coverage for tuition and fees for higher education courses taken by active duty personnel. This is a strong incentive for those who wish to enlist or re-enlist in the Air Force. What else do you need to know before applying for TA?
How Do I Apply for TA?
According to Military.com, students must apply for TA online using the Air Force Virtual Education Centre through the Air Force Portal by clicking here. Once you get to the Air Force Portal, you will be asked to complete six steps of the AFVEC online TA process.
Problems Applying for TA
Some students who apply online for TA will not be able to complete their application process. If there is missing personal data in the form such as your date of birth or unit, you will not be able to continue. Also, if you are requesting TA for a course that has already started or will start more than 30 days in the future, your application for TA will not be accepted.
Can I Drop/Change a Class?
Students who have completed their TA application and registered for class can still drop or change a class without facing any penalties, provided they notify the education centre on base of their decision as well as the college. It is still your responsibility to inform the education centre and college after the drop/add period, but if you do so after this date, you will be liable for the tuition costs, unless you qualify to apply for a waiver of tuition assistance reimbursement.
What Can I Do About an Incomplete Grade?
If you receive an “incomplete”, rather than a passing grade from the college, you have time to clear the incomplete grade, according to the college’s policy, or 12 months from the end of term, whichever comes first. However, if you are unable to clear the incomplete by obtaining a passing grade, you will have to pay back the TA that you received for the class.
Community College of the Air Force (CCAF)
TA is provided for students who are pursuing their Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) degree. This is not dependent on the student’s current education level. Financial assistance is also provided if you apply for an associate’s degree from a civilian college, as long as you do not currently have a civilian associate’s or bachelor’s degree. Even though you no longer have to obtain your supervisor’s signature on your TA form, it is still recommended that you receive your supervisor’s support and discuss your class schedule with them.
What Air Force TA Does Not Cover
Air Force TA does not cover the cost of books, laboratory equipment or related materials; nor does TA offer monetary benefits paid directly to the student. Only course tuition and fees are covered.
To find out more about Air Force Tuition Assistance, how it can help you and what you need to obtain financial assistance, click here for more details.
Air Force Tuition Assistance