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Tuition Assistance (TA) Policies


Tuition Assistance (TA) Policies

Federal Tuition Assistance (TA)

Federal Tuition Assistance is a benefit paid to eligible members of the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines and Navy.

The Department of Defense (DoD) has given each service the ability to pay up to $250 per semester credit hour of the actual cost of tuition (no fees) during the fiscal year (1 October – 30 September). TA will pay for up to 130 semester hours of a bachelor’s degree and up to 39 semester hours of a master’s degree. TA is authorized for one certificate or diploma. Soldiers cannot use TA for a second equivalent or lower degree, i.e., no second bachelor’s or master’s degree. TA cannot be used for professional degrees, e.g., PhD, MD, or JD.

TA is paid directly to the school by the individual services (GoArmyEd is invoiced on the 16th-Last Day of the Month. All other Services are invoiced after the Last Day to Drop a Class).

PDF form: Federal Tuition Assistance (TA)

Effective September 5, 2014, the DoD implemented the following policy:

If the above policy applies to you, keep in mind that eligible members of the New Mexico National Guard (NMNG) may qualify for State Tuition Assistance (STA). See below for more information.

Attention Army and National Guard students – If a class you are currently enrolled in at NMSU is not in the GoArmyEd portal, do not register into another section. Instead, contact the Military and Veterans Programs at 575.646.4524 or After enrolling in a class, if you need to drop it for any reason, you must process your drop in both GoArmyEd and NMSU systems in accordance with institutional policies and procedures. Please see the refund schedules.

State Tuition Assistance Deadlines

Please send the following documents (to the email address listed below):

* AGONMJC 2171-R State Tuition Assistance application must be digitally signed with the users CAC ONLY and sent via email as an original document. Manual handwritten is no longer authorized.

NOTE: If you submit the NMNGTSP–STA Application after the deadline, in addition to the above required documents, you must also submit an Exception to Policy (ETP) Waivers. Please follow the ETP Waivers (Appendix A and Appendix B) Templates for assistance. The Unit Commander must endorse the request for an ETP (Appendix E) before AGONMJC Form 2171-R is submitted to the ESO. ETPs will be considered on a case by case basis. All ETPs must be submitted within 30 days from the start date of the course for which the ETP is being applied.

In order to be approved and receive funding, the applying member must mail, hand deliver, or email, a copy of previous semester grades within 30 days of course completion (no exceptions) to:

Army National Guard
Department of Military Affairs
NMARNG-Education Office
10 Bataan Blvd Office #346
Santa Fe, NM 87508
SPC Mark Lopez
SPC Xavier Romero

Air National Guard
Air Education and Training Command
Kirtland Air Force Base
2251 Air Guard Rd SE
Albuquerque, NM 87117
TSgt Holly Bayly
SMSgt Renee Oswald

You must read and understand AGONM Joint Circular 621-5, dated 01 October 2017, as required in the Statement of Understanding (SOU). This circular describes National Guard policies, requirements and procedures for the New Mexico National Guard Tuition Scholarship Program (NMNGTSP).

Tuition Assistance Top Up

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.

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