Armed Forces Federal Tuition Assistance (TA) is a benefit paid to eligible members of the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, and Coast Guard. Congress has given each service the ability to pay up to 100% for the tuition expenses of its members, maximum of $250 per credit, not to exceed 16 semester credits or $4000 per fiscal year. TA does not cover any comprehensive fee or course fee charges. 

Active duty service members who intend to use military Tuition Assistance (TA) should contact their Educational Services Officer (ESO) for information on TA prior to proceeding with the enrollment process. Each service has its own criteria for eligibility, obligated service, application processes and restrictions. This money is usually paid directly to the institution by the individual services.

Contact your branch for details on your eligibility and the branch's process for submitting the Tuition Assistance form. Recently changed to ArmyIgnited

Instructions for Army Federal TA with ArmyIgnitEd:

Steps to use Federal Tuition Assistance (TA) through the ArmyIgnitED system:

  1. Create ArmyIgnitED account: follow the instructions above titled "How to Create a ArmyIgnitED student user account" to set up your ArmyIgnitED account
  2. Create your Educational Path: follow the instructions above titled "How to Create Educational Paths and Request TA" tutorial.
    • For the "Area of Study" section within the Education path, please use this guide to find the correct name to search under that corresponds to your major at JMU.
    • You must choose the correct area of study that aligns with your major at JMU for the rest of your profile to be correct for requesting TA each semester. 
    • Your ArmyIgnitED counselor and JMU has to approve your Education Path before you can move forward.
  3. Complete your Student Degree Plan: email for the student degree plan template document. We have to upload the courses you are required to complete for graduation. We need the student's assistance in completing this requirement. 
    • Only list the classes on the template you have remaining to complete for graduation.
  4. Request TA: Notify with the classes you want to request TA for the upcoming semester; everything must be approved before the first day of the semester in order to receive it for the semester. 
    • Once you are enrolled for the upcoming semester, email with the courses you want uploaded into ArmyIgnitED. We have to upload them into the system in order for you to request TA. If possible, please do this at least several weeks before the semester starts. 
    • Once the classes are loaded in the ArmyIgnitED system, follow the instructions above titled "How to Create Educational Paths and Request TA" tutorial to request TA for the upcoming semester.
    • Reminder: you get a maximum of 16 credits per fiscal year of TA (fiscal year runs 10/1-9/30), paid at most $250 per credit for a total of $4000 towards tuition. TA does not cover the comprehensive fee or any tuition differential fees or course fees. 
    • Contact Cindi Sechler at for questions regarding the funding and how much you can receive.

Financial Aid and Tuition/Fees Resources

Contact Information:

For assistance applying for Federal Tuition Assistance or any procedural questions at JMU, please contact Ms. Cindi Sechler in the University Business Office or the Veteran Benefits Team in the Registrar's Office. 

Additional Information: 

Effective Fall 2021 and Forward - the Department of Defense issued a memorandum to Veterans Affairs’ (VA) Education Service approving the use of concurrent receipt for Federal Tuition Assistance (TA) and the Montgomery GI Bill-Selected Reserve Education Benefit (MGIB-SR or chapter 1606). 

This means: All qualified MGIB-SR Service members are authorized to use both TA and MGIB-SR benefits concurrently when enrolled in a program of education that is half-time or greater. Concurrent use is not authorized when enrolled less than half-time. 

Prior to Fall 2021, per DOD policy, students cannot use Chapter 1606/1607 and Federal TA for the same course.

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