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

Army Federal TA Reminders:

  • Soldier must load an "Evaluated Degree Plan" into their ArmyIgnitED profile with their required courses.
    • The 104R form is an acceptable document to use for this requirement
    • It must include the school name, soldier name, degree pursuing, total number of hours required to complete degree, total number of hours already completed, total number of transfer hours, and total number of hours that remain.
    • Both the soldier and their academic advisor must sign the document before submitting in ArmyIgnitED
    • Soldier uploads it themselves initially or Army Counselor can upload it
  • Soldiers must request TA no later than 7 days prior to the course start date. DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE 7TH DAY. This chart outlines the cut off deadlines to request TA based on the start date of the course (date listed on your class schedule in mymadison). 
  • Soldiers must have a signed TA User Agreement in their new account. It was previously called a Statement of Understanding (SOU).
  • Soldiers are required to complete the Virtual TA training after creating an account and annually, thereafter.
  • The earliest you can request TA is 60 days prior to the start of the term. It is important that you request TA as early as possible to ensure you will be approved for TA or have an option to drop the course without penalty.
  • You will need to provide JMU (POC to be determined) with an authorized Tuition Assistance Request (TAR) once you request TA each semester.
  • If the Soldier has questions on this new TA process, please refer the Soldier to his servicing Army Education Center for assistance.

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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