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

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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


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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