TA is available for undergraduate and graduate courses up to master’s degrees.
Developmental courses may be authorized if required by the institution prior to taking a higher-level course. Many colleges require a developmental course in math, English, and reading if the member has been out of school for several years. Usually these courses (usually numbered starting with zero "0" as the first digit) are "not transferable."
TA will cover only tuition.
TA does NOT cover books and course materials, academic institution fees, or retakes of the same course. Additionally, TA will not fund your courses if you leave the service before the course ends, you quit the course for reasons other than personal illness, military transfer, or mission requirements, or you fail the course. In the event one of these situations occurs, you will have to provide reimbursement for any funds already paid.
TA is NOT authorized for the following:
- Courses leading to a lateral or lower-level degree than you already possess (e.g., second associate's or bachelor's degree)
- Audited courses (courses you are not officially registered for and for which you do not earn a grade or credit)
- Physical education or recreation courses, unless the courses are required by the institution for degree completion or you are a candidate for a degree with a major in physical education or recreation and have not been awarded the physical education credits recommended by ACE for military training
- Prerequisite courses, licenses (maritime, real estate, AC&R, etc.), tests (GMAT, GRE, LSAT), or certification courses (computer, maritime, law, medical, etc.)
- Courses resulting in continuing education units (CEUs) or professional development units (PDUs)
- Courses credited in contact hours or clock hours, including courses converted from contact/clock to quarter/semester hours (usually applies to certificate programs)
- Course tuition paid for by the primary employer (not Coast Guard); if only a portion of the tuition is paid for by the primary employer, you may submit a TA request for the remainder of the tuition
- Courses when you are in a duty-under-instruction status (DUINS) and your educational fees are being paid through another Coast Guard program
- Any course for which you are receiving assistance under any other federally funded program. TA may be used when you are receiving financial aid such as a student loan, Sallie Mae, Stafford loan, etc. However, per COMDTINST M1500.10C, TA is to be calculated after grants, scholarships, and fellowships have been deducted from the cost of tuition, with the exception of Pell Grants. These grants are need-based and therefore may be used by the student to defray any educational expense.