Air Force Tuition Assistance Program
The Air Force’s Military Tuition Assistance (Mil TA) is defined by Air Force Instruction (AFI) 36-2306, Chapter 5. The program is one of the most frequent reasons given for enlisting and re-enlisting into the branch.
The Mil TA program can utilized to attend courses leading to completion of a high school diploma, associate, bachelor’s, or master’s degree, in the Service Member’s off time. The program can also be used for the completion of a technical/vocational/professional certificate or license in an Air Force career.
To be eligible for Mil TA, Enlisted Airmen must be on active duty with retention dates extending beyond term end date, or eligible to reenlist and show written intent to reenlist from the Military Personnel Section (MPS).
Officers applying for Mil TA must also be on active duty with a date of separation (DOS) or deactivation date that is 2 years or more after the end date of the term. Officers on active duty who are unable to incur a two-year ADSC are not authorized to use Mil TA.
Activated/mobilized Air Reserve and Air National Guard military personnel who wish to apply for Mil TA must be in an Active Duty Other than Training (ADOT) status and/or Title 10 or Title 32 status.
Activated/mobilized Air Force Reserve Officers must agree to remain a member of the Selected Reserve (SELRES) or Individual Ready Reserve (IRR) for at least 4-years after completion of education for which Mil TA was paid.
The Air Force provides Mil TA for courses in an education plan of study at postsecondary institutions that are accredited by a national, regional, or specialized accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
In order to qualify for Mil TA, Airmen and Officers must have a specific educational goal plan listing all courses required for program completion. Airmen must also provide an evaluated degree plan as soon as the school makes the plan available. The plan must be filed into AFAEMS.
Mil TA can pay up to 100% of the combined cost of tuitions and fees. Payments are not to exceed: $250 per Semester credit/unit hour or $166 per quarter credit/unit hour. Mil TA will pay maximum of $4,500 per fiscal year per recipient. Any combined use for Reservists of active duty Mil TA and Reserve Mil TA has an annual cap of 4,500 dollars and the two funds cannot be used to pay for the same course.
Mil TA may be issued not earlier than 60 days prior to term start date. The ETS Chief or designee may override the 60-day restriction as warranted by extenuating circumstances.
Applicants are directed to apply for Mil TA online, utilizing the Air Force Virtual Education Center (AFVEC) at https://www.my.af.mil/.