Military Tuition Assistance

Explore your financial aid options

As you take the next steps toward achieving your educational goals, it’s important to understand the benefits for which you’re eligible.

As a current member of the military, you have a variety of financial resources, such as the Federal Military Tuition Assistance Program and the Top-Up benefit, that are designed to help pay for your education.

The Federal Military Tuition Assistance Program

Before you can apply for Federal Military Tuition Assistance, you’ll first need to visit your installation’s education office. There, you’ll receive college counseling to assist you in developing an education plan. Once that’s done, you can submit your Military Tuition Assistance request.

In order to be considered for Military Tuition Assistance, you’ll need to submit a completed authorization form to your Military University Representative at least two weeks before your class start date.

Depending on your branch, you may be eligible to receive up to 100% Federal Tuition Assistance from military service, with a $250 cap per semester hour and a $4,500 annual limit.

The Top-Up Benefit

If you’re eligible for the Montgomery GI Bill® (MGIB) Active Duty or Post-9/11 GI Bill® and plan to use Military Tuition Assistance (TA), you can use the Federal Assistance Top-Up benefit to cover the difference between your college course cost and the amount that TA will cover.

To use Top-Up, you must be approved for Federal Tuition Assistance and be eligible for Montgomery GI Bill – Active Duty benefits or Post-9/11 GI Bill. To be eligible for MGIB benefits, you must be an MGIB – Active Duty participant and have served at least two full years on Active Duty.

The amount of the benefit is limited to the amount you would receive for the same course if regular Montgomery GI Bill benefits were being paid. In no case can the amount paid by the military combined with the amount paid by VA be more than the total cost of the course.

If you receive the Top-up benefit, your regular VA benefits will be reduced. The amount of entitlement charged for Top-Up payments for MGIB is determined by dividing the amount of the payment by your full-time monthly rate.

The benefit is available for all courses that began on or after October 30th, 2000. A copy of an approved Tuition Assistance Authorization form for the course is required. If you have not requested VA benefits before, you should submit a VA Form 22-1990 to establish eligibility.

Additional Military Tuition Assistance Resources

Select your specific branch of service for more information on the Tuition Assistance program:

For the National Guard and Reserve:

GI Bill is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website at benefits.va.gov/gibill.

More military financial options


Student resources

Phoenix Career Services
Find companies hiring our students, get resume tips and more.

Student Services
Access technical support, academic help and more.

Life Resource Center
Discover tools to help you balance life, the military and education.

Helpful links for financing your education

Military tuition rates
Learn about special tuition rates.

Financial options
Explore different billing and payment plans.

Scholarships
Locate scholarships available for all prospective and current students.

Payment Options
Learn about military tuition rates, the Post-9/11 GI Bill and other ways to pay for school.