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.Tuition Assistance (TA) is a Department of Defense (DoD) program. VA does not administer Tuition Assistance. Tuition Assistance 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.

Each service has its own criteria for eligibility, obligated service, application process and restrictions. This money is usually paid directly to the institution after billing is completed for the semester.

You can find good information at military.com and militaryonesource.mil.

TA at Arapahoe Community College

Tuition Assistance Benefits are processed through the Cashier’s Office at Arapahoe Community College. Students work with their branch education office to apply and be approved for Tuition Assistance. The branch education office may also require use of specific branch websites to complete the process (i.e. www.goarmyed.com).

Completed TA Authorization Forms can be emailed or to the attention of the Third Party Billing Specialist:

Billie Thais
Arapahoe Community College Cashier's Office
Third Party Coordinator
Phone: 303.797.5902
Fax: 303.797.5973
Email: billie.thais@arapahoe.edu

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

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.

It is your responsibility to read and understand your tuition assistance contract to determine whether use of both benefits is permitted in your case. If you use both benefits and are not authorized to do so, any overpayment will be your responsibility to repay to the VA, ACC and/or the DoD. 

In general terms, state TA can be used in conjunction with GI Bill. When used with Federal TA, the GI Bill can only be certified for the amount of tuition and fees that the TA does not cover, if any. Please see this topic on the GI Bill website.

Chapter 30 (MGIB) and 33 (Post-9/11) Recipients

Active duty, National Guard, and Reserve service members may receive GI Bill benefits for the same courses for which they receive Federal TA from the military. Schools must deduct TA benefits from the net tuition and fees submitted to VA, and GI Bill is used to pay toward the remaining out-of-pocket costs.

Chapter 1606 and 1607 Recipients

Chapter 1606 and 1607 recipients cannot use Federal TA in conjunction with GI Bill. State TA can be used.

Please contact the School Certifying Official for questions regarding your eligibility for GI Bill:

Gina Wenzel-Garza
Arapahoe Community College
School Certifying Official
Phone: 303.797.5934
Email: vets@arapahoe.edu

Order of Payment

  1. State Tuition Assistance (up to 100% of TUITION ONLY, subject to cap; may be affected by financial aid)
  2. Federal Tuition Assistance (not to exceed 100% of tuition. In some cases, course related fees are also paid for as designated by GOARMYED for CO Army National Guard applicants only.)
  3. GI Bill (Applied to the remaining tuition/fees)

Please direct any questions you may have regarding payment of the Tuition Assistance programs to the following individuals:

State Tuition Assistance (National Guard - Army/Air Force):

Delache Jno-Baptiste
Delache.Jno-Baptiste@dmva.state.co.us
Phone: 720.250.1550

Federal Tuition Assistance (GOARMYED / College Counseling):

Jinny Cavin
Virginia.g.cavin.civ@mail.mil
Phone: 719.524.0997
Website: www.goarmyed.com

Federal Tuition Assistance (Air Force):

Buckley AFB ED & Training Office
Phone: 720.847.6675