Confused about Armed Forces Tuition Assistance (FTA)? Don’t be. TA isn’t a loan; it is a benefit, just like leave or healthcare. Each year Congress gives funds to the services to be used towards tuition costs. Each service has its own rules and procedures, but service members may be eligible for up to $4,500 of federal educational benefits and up to $6,000 of Michigan State benefits each year. The money is paid directly to the university to be applied towards tuition expenses. If the cost of tuition exceeds the credit hour cap, service members may be eligible to use their GI Bill benefits under the “top-up” program to cover those out-of-pocket costs.
Military.com explains each service's TA program and provides links to the services actual TA websites.
If you are active duty Army or Activated Guard/Reserves (AGR), go to GoArmyEd to process your TA claim.
If you are an active duty Coast Guard member, go to US Coast Guard to process your TA claim.
If you are an active duty Marine, go to Joint Knowledge Online (JKO) to process your TA claim.
If you are drilling National Guard (MING), go to Michigan National Guard State Tuition Assistance Program to process your claim.
If you are an active duty Navy member, go to Navy College to process your TA claim.
GOOD NEWS about tuition! Regardless of where you are from, if you are a member of the armed forces, you will receive in-state tuition. This also applies to your spouse and dependent children. You will receive in-state tuition as long as you remain continuously enrolled, even if you move out of state.
Transferability of Benefits
FAMILIES TOO! If you are actively serving as of 1 August 2009 and are a career service member, you can give all or part of your benefits to one person or divide them among your family members, whichever works best for you. Before your family can apply to VA, you must first process your transfer application online with DoD. The transferability application requires Internet Explorer.