When looking to take advantage of military tuition assistance, the first step is always to connect with your education service officer (ESO) from your branch of service and get approval from your command. They will have updated information on the process for your specific branch of service.
There are two programs available to eligible Servicemembers to fund off-duty education: Tuition Assistance (TA) and Navy College Program for Afloat College Education (NCPACE). Both programs pay up to 100% (within fiscal year/career caps and limits) of tuition charged by educational institutions for course enrollments. While all eligible Sailors can participate in the TA program, the objective of NCPACE is to provide personnel assigned to sea duty type 2 and 4 Unit Identification Codes (UICs) with educational opportunities comparable to those available to shore duty personnel.
NCPACE offers participating Sailors high quality learning opportunities and experiences through Distance Learning (DL) courses from post-secondary institutions accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the Department of Education. NCPACE courses require no ongoing Internet connectivity to complete (some courses require a one-time download at the beginning of the course and an upload at the completion).
For more information on this program, please visit: https://www.navycollege.navy.mil/sailors/tuition-assistance-ncpace.htm
VA Educational Benefits can now be used in conjunction with your Tuition Assistance program. Please visit this link for application and benefit information.