Military Tuition Assistance

Military Tuition Assistance is a benefit paid to eligible members of the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, and Coast Guard. Congress has given each service the ability to pay up to 100% for the tuition expenses of its members.

Each service has its own criteria for eligibility, obligated service, application process and restrictions. This money is usually paid directly to the institution by the individual services.

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TA at Arapahoe Community College

Tuition Assistance Benefits are processed through the Cashier’s Office at Arapahoe Community College. The student must go online to their military branch to be approved for Tuition Assistance (i.e. you may also find assistance at the education center on base.

Completed TA Authorization Forms can be faxed to the attention of Billie Thais at 303.797.5973.

Upon receipt of a completed TA Authorization Form, student accounts will be “flagged” and held in their classes during the drop for non-payment.

Billie Thais
Arapahoe Community College
Third Party Coordinator
Phone: 303.797.5902
Fax: 303.797.5973

If you are using VA Education Benefits and TA

Tuition Assistance (TA) is a Department of Defense (DoD) program. VA does not administer TA. TA rules vary by branch of service and can even vary between components within the branches depending on whether the service member is Active duty, Reserve, or National Guard.

If a student receives education benefits from VA and receives TA benefits from the military, duplication of benefits may be an issue. The issue might involve VA regulations, DoD regulations, military branch specific regulations or all three since VA, DoD, and the military branches all have regulations about receiving VA benefits and TA at the same time.

Chapter 33 Recipients

Active duty, National Guard, and Reserve service members may receive Chapter 33 benefits for the same courses for which they receive TA from the military. Depending on their mobilization time, National Guard and Reserve service members may have varying percentages of Chapter 33 benefits ranging from 40 to 100%. Schools must deduct TA benefits from the net tuition and fees submitted to VA, and Chapter 33 is used to pay toward the remaining out-of-pocket costs.

Chapter 1606 and 1607 Recipients

Current and separated National Guard and Reserve M-day service members may qualify for Chapter 1606 and/or 1607 GI Bill benefits. These M-day service members may use Chapter 1606 or 1607 in conjunction with their military tuition assistance. However, DoD regulations state National Guard and Reserve service members may not receive Chapter 1606 or 1607 and TA for the same courses if they are less than ½-time.

Please contact the School Certifying Official for questions regarding your eligibility

Nancy Nickless
School Certifying Official
Phone: 303.797.5934

What is the order of payment?

As of August 6, 2013

Colorado National Guard State and Federal Tuition Assistance (TA) Offices have received several questions regarding the order of payment from the State and Federal Tuition Assistance programs. To ensure everyone is handling and processing payments timely and in accordance with the law, we have outlined the order of payment which is effective immediately:

Order of Payment:
1. State Tuition Assistance (Applied only to tuition for both CO Army and Air National Guard applicants)
2. Federal Tuition Assistance (Applied only to tuition [course related fees also applicable in some cases as designated from GOARMYED] for CO Army National Guard applicants only)
3. VA Funds (Applied to remaining expenses)

Please let this email serve as official guidance from both the State and Federal Tuition Assistance Offices. Reference AR 621-5 July2006/RAR 6 September 2009.
Please direct any questions you may have regarding payment of the Tuition Assistance programs to the following individuals:

State Tuition Assistance:

Delache Jno-Baptiste

Federal Tuition Assistance:

Jinny Cavin