Tuition Assistance Programs for Active-Duty Servicemembers and Spouses
Active-duty members of the military may be eligible for tuition assistance programs. With every branch of service, the application process, criteria for eligibility, obligated service, and restrictions differ. If you have any questions or need assistance, email us at email@example.com.
How to Apply for Tuition Assistance
- Visit your branch's portal and log in or create your account.
- Once you log into your account, complete the required In-Processing Steps.
- Contact your Education Counselor/ESS to activate your account.
- Once your TA has been approved, complete the admissions and registration process for Montgomery College.
- Submit a request to use Tuition Assistance form (PDF, ) together with your (TA) Authorization/Voucher to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Apply for financial aid to help cover fees and other expenses.
For your convenience, military.com has created recourses on tuition assistance for each specific branch. We recommend you refer to their website for branch-specific information on using TA:
- Air Force Tuition Assistance new window
- Army Tuition Assistance new window
- Coast Guard Tuition Assistance new window
- Marines Tuition Assistancenew window
- National Guard Tuition Assistancenew window
- Navy Tuition Assistancenew window
- Reserve Tuition Assistancenew window
Military tuition assistance (TA) is provided to a student under the premise that the student will attend school for the entire period for which the assistance is provided. When a student withdraws (officially or unofficially) on or before 60 percent of the course meeting period has been completed, Montgomery College will comply with the Department of Defense (DOD) policy to return unearned TA funds on a proportional basis through the 60 percent portion of the period for which the TA funds were provided. After completion of 60 percent of the term, all TA funds are considered fully earned and no return is necessary.
In instances when a service member stops attending due to a military service obligation(deployment or temporary duty), Montgomery College will work with the affected service member to identify solutions that will avoid student debt for the returned portion of TA funds.
The return of unearned military TA funds will follow the same guidelines as the Department of Education Title IV funding, outlined in the Refund Policy and Requirements for Withdrawal (PDF, ) . The calculation is completed for each course individually. Once the completion percentage is calculated, Montgomery College will multiply the percentage by the amount of TA funds awarded to determine the amount of TA funds earned. The unearned TA funds will be returned to the military service, not to the service member, within 45 days of the determination of withdrawal.
MyCAAnew window is a program approved by the Department of Defense to aid military spouses with financial support for education. Through MyCAA, spouses will be offered a maximum financial benefit of $4,000 with a fiscal year cap of $2,000. Waivers to the fiscal year cap will be available for spouses pursuing licensure of certification up to the total maximum assistance of $4,000.
- Must be the spouse of an active duty Army, Navy, Air Force, or Marine service member
or activated Reserve member in pay grades of E1-E5, W1-W2, and O1-O2.
- If the spouse of National Guard and /or AGR member, the sponsor must be on federal Title 10 active duty orders as reported in DEERS.
- Spouses of Guard/Reserve members in an Alert, Transition Assistance, or Post Deployment status are not eligible.
- Must be seeking an associate's degree, certification, or licensure.
- Must finish your program of study within three years from the start date of the first course.
To get started, visit the MyCAA websitenew window.