Military Tuition Assistance sometimes referred to as Armed Forces Tuition Assistance is a benefit authorized by Congress, allowing the various branches within the Armed Forces—Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, and Coast Guard—to pay up to 100% of the tuition expenses of their members. The individual services set their own requirements for eligibility, such as training qualification, unit assignment, and time in service criteria.
For Commissioned Officers, federal law requires a service obligation following completion of TA-funded courses: a 2-year ADSO for AC Officers, and a 4-year RDSO for SR Officers. Per DoDI 1322.25, the individual services may add to this standard, for either Enlisted or Commissioned service members.
Consult your Education Center for the most current information on your service’s regulations:
- United States Code, Title 10, Section 2007
- Department of Defense Instruction 1322.25
- Army Regulation 621-5
- Marine Corps Order 1560.33
- OPNAV Instruction 1560.9A
- Air Force Instruction 36-2306
- Coast Guard Commandant Instruction M1500.10C.
The application process is different for each service. Tuition Assistance funds are generally paid directly to the educational institution by the individual services. You have earned your Tuition Assistance. It is an excellent opportunity to further your education.
Pacific College is proud to serve those who have served, and are currently serving, our country. Whether you are an active duty service member or transitioning into civilian life, we want to help you achieve your educational goals by providing a practical, convenient way to complete your degree. You have sacrificed to make our country safer; it would be an honor for us to help you complete your education.
Pacific College understands the demands and challenges of advancing or re-entering an increasingly competitive job market upon the conclusion of your active duty service. We are pleased to be able to offer you an affordable, quality education. We are ready to help you prepare and excel for a rewarding career in the healthcare industry that will set you apart.
The U.S. State Department of Veterans Affairs approves the usage of veteran benefits for programs at Pacific College for veteran tuition assistance reimbursement. We are committed to helping our veterans and their eligible family members (dependents) develop the skills and knowledge required by today’s workforce. Our personalized approach to specialized learning allows you to get the most out of your educational experience.
Applying for Military Tuition Assistance at Pacific College
We proudly accept Veterans Affairs educational benefits including Chapters 30, 31 (Vocational Rehabilitation), 32, 33, 35, 1606, and 1607. Please contact the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs at (888)442-4551 for all questions relating to your specific benefit, payment, and eligibility.
The Dependents Education Assistance (DEA) Program
Education benefits are available to dependents or spouses of certain veterans. A son or daughter needs to be between the ages of 18 and 26 to qualify for their DEA benefits. If you are a spouse of a veteran who died while on active duty, your benefits will end 20 years from the date of death. To qualify you must be the daughter, son or spouse of:
- A veteran who died or is totally disabled as a result of a service-connected disability
- A service member missing in action or captured in the line of duty by a hostile force
- A service member who is hospitalized or receiving outpatient treatment for a permanent and total disability
Tuition Assistance Top-Up Benefits
In order to be eligible for Top-Up Benefits, you must already have been approved to receive federal tuition assistance. Prior to October 30, 2000, you were not able to combine your VA benefits with the Montgomery GI Bill® , and the military would only pay 75 percent of your total tuition using tuition assistance. If the military cannot cover 100 percent of your tuition, you can elect to receive your TA benefits for all or part of your remaining tuition expenses. The program was designed to supplement other tuition assistance programs you already have qualified for if they do not cover 100 percent of your tuition costs. Contact your Enrollment Advisor at Pacific College to learn more.