Army Directive 2018-09, title the Army Tuition Assistance (TA) Policy, is bringing big changes to Tuition Assistance. Regardless of you being Active, Reserve, or Guard, these changes will take effect starting 5 August 2018.
In the previous TA system, there was a time of service requirement to qualify for TA. Soldiers needed to have one year time of service prior to using the Army’s TA funds toward a bachelor’s degree. The Soldier would then need to have 10 years time of service completed before they could use TA to pay for a master’s degree. These requirements are no more.
Instead, a Soldier qualifies for Tuition Assistance based on their tier. So what are the two tiers?
Tier 1 Soldier for Tuition Assistance
A Tier 1 Soldier is anyone who has not previously obtained a bachelor’s degree. Additionally, a Tier 1 Soldier is someone who has obtained a bachelor’s degree without the use of Tuition Assistance.
Tier 2 Soldier for Tuition Assistance
A Tier 2 Soldier is anyone who has used Tuition Assistance to pay for any portion of their bachelor’s degree. These are Soldiers who are interested in using Tuition Assistance for a graduate certificate, graduate degree, or master’s degree.
Requirements to Qualify for Tuition Assistance
As mentioned previously, TA is no longer tied to time of service. Instead, TA is now linked to completion of the Soldier’s military training. For a Tier 1 Soldier to use TA, they must complete the following schooling based on their pay scale:
- Enlisted Soldiers – Completion of Advanced Individual Training (AIT)
- Warrant Officers – Completion of Warrant Officer Basic Course (WOBC)
- Commissioned Officers – Completion of Basic Officer Leaders Course (BOLC)
Tier 2 Soldiers will qualify for Tuition Assistance by meeting the following requirements:
- Enlisted Soldiers – Completion of Advanced Leaders Course (ALC)
- Warrant Officers – Completion of Warrant Officer Advanced Course (WOAC)
- Commissioned Officers – Completion of Captain Career Course (CCC)
Taking advantage of free college is an excellent opportunity to stand out ahead of your peers when it comes to for promotion. Especially for Enlisted Soldiers who receive promotion points for the completion of college. For more information and to start taking advantage of Tuition Assistance today, please visit the Go Army Ed website.