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:
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.
All programs at Pacific College have been approved by the U.S. State Department of Veterans Affairs 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:
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.
A scholarship is a type of financial aid that does not need to be repaid. Scholarships are offered by a variety of organizations including schools, employers, companies, non-profits, religious groups, professional associations, social clubs, and individuals.
Some scholarships are intended for particular groups of people such as high school seniors, women, or military veterans. Most scholarships have specific instructions that must be followed or requirements to be eligible.
A scholarship might cover the entire cost of your tuition, or it may be a one-time award. Pacific College has assembled the below resources of possible scholarships that may interest our applicants and current students.
Student loans can come from the federal government or from private sources such as a bank or financial institution. Loans made by the federal government, called federal student loans, usually offer borrowers lower interest rates and have more flexible repayment options than loans from banks or other private sources.
Direct Subsidized Loans are available to eligible undergraduate students with financial need as determined by the results of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The interest rate is set by the U.S. Department of Education, and interest on the loan is not accrued while you are enrolled in school at least half-time nor during any applicable grace and deferment periods.
Direct Subsidized Loans are available to all eligible students who apply using FAFSA. Interest, determined by the U.S. Department of Education, is charged during all periods, including while a student is enrolled in school.
Direct PLUS Loans are available to parents of dependent undergraduate students or graduate/professional students. Parents may borrow up to the cost of attendance, minus all other financial assistance, to help students with their educational expenses. Interest is charged during all periods.
Additional information about federal student loans can be found on the Federal Student Aid website: https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/types/loans
Pacific College does not participate in any preferred lender arrangements for private education loans nor maintain a preferred lender list.
Unlike a loan, a grant does not have to be repaid. Pacific College participates in the Federal Pell Grant program, a type of Federal Student Aid.
Federal Pell Grants are usually awarded only to undergraduate students, usually a student who has not yet earned a four-year bachelor’s degree or a professional degree.
A Federal Pell Grant is awarded on the basis of financial need. Individuals must have their financial need determined by completing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at https://fafsa.gov/.
You can learn more about Federal Pell Grants at the website for Federal Student Aid.
Financial Aid can assist students who are unable to meet the costs of attending college. Financial Aid can come in the forms of federal aid, state aid, grants, scholarships, loans, and payment plans. The first step to finding financial aid is to apply using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine eligibility for need-based aid. Pacific College makes every effort to assist students in achieving their educational goals.
Financial Aid Office ([email protected])
Jennifer Pham, MBA – Director
Angelica Martinez – Advisor
Anna Contreras – Coordinator
Financial Aid Office Hours
Monday – Thursday 9:30 am – 6:30 pm
Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Pacific College participates in the following Federal Student Aid (Title IV) programs:
Pacific College is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Senior College and University Commission.
Pacific College is approved to operate in California by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE).