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In general, eligible active duty Service members can receive TA at a rate of $166.67 per quarter hour cap with an annual ceiling of $4,500.
Before you can apply for Federal Military Tuition Assistance, you’ll first need to visit your installation’s education office. There, you’ll receive college counseling to assist you in developing an education plan. When considering an academic program, keep in mind OSU’s programmatic accreditation for many of our degrees. Up-to-date information about requirements for licensure or other conditions and requirements (beyond degree requirements) can be obtained from their college and/or major advisor to ensure that students are accessing the most up-to-date information for their chosen career field. Once you’ve selected a program and developed an education plan, you can submit your Military Tuition Assistance request.
You can visit Department of Defense TA DECIDE. It is a dynamic information and comparison tool that is designed specifically to aid participants of DoD's Tuition Assistance (TA) program in making informed choices on schools and education programs. Click here
What does this mean to you?
The Army’s new tuition assistance platform, ArmyIgnitED, is now functional for soldiers to request tuition assistance beginning the Fall 2021 term. If you are enrolled in Fall term courses at OSU and you would like to use tuition assistance, please take the following actions:
Your course information will be compiled into a mass course enrollment file for all students using Army tuition assistance, and the file will be uploaded to ArmyIgnitED on August 23, 2021. Please email us with your Fall term schedule by that date. After the course enrollment file is uploaded, you should be able to log into the system and request tuition assistance for your chosen courses by the following business day.
Please be advised that the new system requires educational institutions to enter individual degree plans for each student, which is meant to streamline and automate the TA request process. Due to the large volume of soldiers that use TA at OSU, not every student has a degree plan on file in ArmyIgnitED at this time. If you receive an error message when applying for TA because a degree plan is not on file, please see an Education Counselor to manually apply for TA. Please rest assured that your VA and Military Benefit Certifying Team is working diligently to create degree plans for each of our valued students.
If you contacted the VA and Military Benefit Certifying Team at [email protected] for an Exception to Policy (ETP) request for the Spring and Summer 2021 terms while the system was unavailable, students’ respective education counselors are currently in the process of reviewing and approving ETP requests, and upon their approval a TA request for those terms should be automatically generated and submitted to the school for invoicing.
How? Start by contacting your unit’s Educational Services Officer (ESO) or representative to receive approval.
And be sure to ask your ESO about TA DECIDE, a tool developed by the Department of Defense that gives interested service members access to information about the 2,600+ approved schools eligible for TA, such as average TA costs, course completion and graduation requirements, and estimated tuition and fee amounts.
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Once you are approved through your unit for Tuition Assistance, scan and send a copy of your contract to the VA and Military Benefit Certifying Team utilizing the VA/Military Benefit Intake Form.
The Veteran Certifying Officials will process the paperwork and forward the contract to Business Affairs for billing. The university will bill the military for the tuition and fees. The military will pay directly to the business office. For billing questions email [email protected] or call 1-541-737-3775. For all other questions contact the Veteran Certifying Officials at [email protected]
OSU will return federal Tuition Assistance (TA) funds to the appropriate military branch in cases where a student withdraws or ceases attendance in a course covered by TA during Week 6 or earlier in the term. The return of TA funds aligns with the return of unearned student aid rules applicable to federal student aid and with rules put forth by the Department of Defense. When TA funds are returned, the student is responsible for any tuition charges no longer covered by TA funds. For this reason, it is very important that students understand the financial implications of withdrawing or ceasing to attend class.
Using Top-Up benefits may be an option if you plan to use tuition assistance (TA) to complete a degree program while on active duty, and don't plan to continue your education after service. Top-up can also be helpful for just taking a few courses with TA while on active duty; then you can save most of your GI Bill benefits for after service to complete your education program.
To learn more about TA Top Up, visit https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/tuition_assistance.asp
Oregon State Ecampus provides financial assistance to currently serving military members who entered the service while they were residents of Oregon and who are using military tuition assistance to help pay for their online classes. Eligibility requirements »