Military Tuition Assistance Program
Armed Forces 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.
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- Everything You Need to Know about the Military Tuition Assistance Program
Each service has its own criteria for eligibility, obligated service, application process' and restrictions. This money is usually paid directly to the institution by the individual services. Linda Richard in the Student Finance Office has historically coordinated the billing and payment process.
Follow the links for each particular service:
- Air Force Tuition Assistance
- Army Tuition Assistance
- Navy Tuition Assistance
- Marines Tuition Assistance
- Coast Guard Tuition Assistance
- National Guard Tuition Assitance
- Reserve Tuition Assistance
The general rule has been that the Tuition Assistance Programs generally pay up to $250 per credit hour. Loyola has historically enrolled a handful of students under this program.
Proposed Changes for 2012
The Pentagon proposed changes to the operational "Memorandum of Understanding" (or "MOU") for the Program that would be effective starting January 2012. Under the MOU, schools must charge military and civilian students the same tuition . They have to give students a clear education plan. And, they have to try to give students academic credit for some of their military training. This final requirement is a problem for most universities, including Loyola, who feel like they should have the ability to reiview the content of the training before accepting it for academic credit.
Special "Military Tuition Assistance Grant" Program Begins Spring 2012
Loyola University New Orleans will not be signing the current "MOU". In order not to penalize students interested in attending Loyola University, we will offer an institutional Military Tuition Assistance Grant that will cover the amount that would have been available through the Department of Defense if we had agreed to the terms of the MOU.
- The Student will submit all appropriate documentation to Kathy Gros in the Student Records Office. Kathy is the liason with the Department of Veterans Affairs.
May 2012 Update
The Department of Defense has eliminated the problematic sections of the original "MOU". Loyola will be signing this document. The special institutional Military Tuition Assistance Grant Program will cease to exist after the 2012 spring semester.
Updated March 11, 2013