Military Tuition Assistance and Resources

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At Purdue Global, we believe you have earned a quality education through your service to our country and should not have to pay excessive out-of-pocket expenses. To help you achieve your educational goals, we have significantly reduced many of our tuition rates and fees. This means:

  • Current servicemembers, including Guard and Reserve, receive a 55% per-credit tuition reduction for undergraduate programs and a 17% to 30% per-credit tuition reduction for graduate programs.*
  • Veterans receive a 38% per-credit tuition reduction for undergraduate programs and a 14% per-credit tuition reduction for graduate programs.*
  • Spouses of servicemembers receive a 10% per-credit reduction for undergraduate and graduate programs.
  • Course materials are provided at no cost.
  • Technology fees are waived for current members of the military enrolled in undergraduate programs.

Servicemembers, veterans, and military spouses may also qualify for federal financial aid.

Note: military tuition reductions cannot be used in conjunction with any other Purdue Global grants or tuition reduction, including Purdue Global Tuition Cap pricing.

A female military student

Undergraduate program per-credit tuition is reduced 55% to $165 per quarter credit hour.* U.S. military servicemembers include active duty and members of the Guard or Reserve on drill status.

Servicemember Tuition Costs

Credits

Cost per Credit

Total Degree Cost Before Transfer Credit Is Applied

Associate's Degree Programs

90

$165

$14,850

Bachelor's Degree Programs

180

$165

$29,700

For current servicemembers, including members of the Guard and Reserve, tuition rates are reduced by 17% to 30% depending on program of study. Military tuition assistance (TA) may cover a portion of your graduate tuition; however, this varies by branch. Click here to see information about each branch's tuition assistance policy, or contact your Educational Service Officer.

For veterans, graduate tuition rates are reduced by 14%.

A note about the Yellow Ribbon Program:
Purdue Global also participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program, which assists eligible students covered by the Post-9/11 GI Bill who attend schools with tuition over the annual benefit cap. In the majority of cases, Purdue Global tuition is within the cap, and the Yellow Ribbon Program is not needed. However, we do participate in the program should the additional funding be necessary.

Undergraduate program per-credit tuition is reduced 38% to $230 per quarter credit hour.

Veterans Tuition Rates

Credits

Cost per Credit

Tech Fees per Term

Estimated Total Tech Fees*

Total Degree Cost Before Transfer Credit Is Applied

Associate’s Degree Programs

90

$230

$200

$1,600

$22,300

Bachelor’s Degree Programs

180

$230

$200

$3,200

$44,600


*Based on average of an 8 term rate of completion for associate's degree and a 16 term rate of completion for a bachelor's degree.

As the spouse of a military servicemember, you make many personal sacrifices for the good of your spouse’s military career and our country. When Permanent Change of Station (PCS) orders are issued, life changes overnight.

Unfortunately, these sacrifices often stand in the way of educational pursuits. Purdue Global’s online degree programs allow you to continue your education, no matter where in the world your family is stationed.

If your spouse is currently a U.S. military servicemember, or is a drilling member of the National Guard and Reserve, you may be eligible for one of the following benefits:

  • A 10% reduction off the regular per-credit tuition rate
  • The Purdue Global Tuition Cap for select programs, potentially reducing total cost of completion by 33%

Tuition Assistance Update, June 2018

Military tuition assistance varies by each military branch. Purdue Global’s undergraduate tuition rate for servicemembers, including Guard and Reserve, is reduced by 55% to $165 per credit hour. Please utilize the information provided below for your respective branch to determine eligibility and how much, if any, out-of-pocket costs will be required of you. If you have questions, please contact a member of our Military Student Support Team at 866-583-4412 or speak to your Educational Service Officer.

  • Information source: Army TA Benefits (click here to learn more)

    Army TA Benefits have been updated as of 06 JUN 2018.

    Applicability. This policy applies to the Regular Army and members of the Army National Guard/Army National Guard of the United States (ARNG/ARNGUS) and U.S. Army Reserve (USAR) serving in the Selected Reserve.

    Effective Date. The effective date is 60 days from the date of this directive.

    Tiered Eligibility. Depending on their current level of post-secondary education,

    Soldiers may be eligible for up to two tiers of TA:

    a. Tier 1: Soldiers who have not attained a bachelor’s degree and wish to pursue an undergraduate certificate/diploma, or associate or bachelor’s degree; or who have previously attained a bachelor’s degree without the use of TA and who wish to pursue a graduate certificate/diploma or master’s degree.

    b. Tier 2: Soldiers who previously used TA for any portion of their undergraduate degree, have attained a bachelor’s degree, and wish to pursue a graduate certificate/diploma or master’s degree.

    Soldiers establish tier 1 TA eligibility as follows:

    a. Enlisted Soldiers who have graduated Advanced Individual Training.

    b. Warrant officers who have graduated Warrant Officer Basic Course.

    c. Officers who have graduated Basic Officer Leaders Course.

    Soldiers establish tier 2 TA eligibility for pursuit of a master’s degree (when any portion of their undergraduate degree was funded with TA) as follows:

    a. Enlisted Soldiers who have successfully completed Advanced Leaders Course.

    b. Warrant officers who have graduated Warrant Officer Advanced Course.

    c. Officers who have graduated Captain Career Course or equivalent.

    Baseline Eligibility Requirements. Regardless of which TA tier they are eligible for, all Soldiers must meet the following eligibility requirements to receive TA benefits:

    a. Soldiers must not be under suspension of favorable personnel actions in accordance with AR 600-8-2.

    b. Soldiers must not be a contracted Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) scholarship cadet or Green-to-Gold ROTC program cadet.

    c. Soldiers must have sufficient time in service remaining to complete all courses for which the Soldier is requesting TA.

    d. Soldiers must resolve any GoArmyEd-imposed account holds, including, but not limited to, unsuccessful, incomplete, or missing class grades; minimum grade point average; incorrect civilian education level; missing/unapproved degree plan; expired or missing statement of understanding; and semester hour (SH) and annual and lifetime TA limits.

    e. Soldiers must not be attending school under the provisions of AR 621-1 (such as fully funded schooling or degree completion or cooperative degree programs) during the period the Soldier is requesting TA.

    f. Soldiers in Active Guard and Reserve status, pursuant to titles 10 or 32, and ARNG/ARNGUS and USAR Soldiers in an active drilling status must have a designation of satisfactory participant.

    Tuition Assistance Program Authorizations. If Soldiers meet the eligibility requirements in paragraphs 5 through 8, they may participate in the TA program subject to the following:

    a. Soldiers may take up to 16 SH each fiscal year at the rate of up to $250 a SH each year.

    b. Soldiers may use TA to pursue postsecondary education at the following levels: certificate/diploma, associate, bachelor’s, and master’s.

    c. Soldiers may only use TA to pursue one degree/certificate at a time.

    d. Soldiers may not use TA for courses leading to a lower or lateral postsecondary diploma/degree than they already possess, regardless of funding source used, except for special programs identified in AR 621-5 with approval of an Army Education Counselor.

    e. Soldiers may use TA to earn one or more degrees through the master’s level for a combined total of up to 130 SH at the undergraduate level (associate and bachelor’s), 39 SH for a master’s degree, and 21 SH for an academic certificate/diploma (undergraduate or graduate level).

    f. TA is not authorized for doctor’s degrees as defined by the U.S. Department of Education. Examples include, but are not limited to, Doctor of Jurisprudence or Juris Doctor (J.D.), Doctor of Medicine (M.D), Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D), and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.).

    g. TA is not authorized for courses available in Army e-Learning unless the class is required as part of the official degree plan.

    h. TA is not authorized for institutional challenge examinations/creditby- examination, credit awarded based solely on an assessment of prior learning and/or experience, portfolio evaluation, or review of military or civilian transcript(s).

    i. This policy change does not affect existing authorized uses of TA not explicitly prohibited by this directive.

    j. TA covers tuition only. TA will not pay for fees institutions levy, unless authorized by DoD Instruction 1322.25.

    k. TA is not authorized for any course for which a Soldier receives reimbursement in whole or in part from any other Federal source, including veterans’ education benefits and Service-funded programs (ROTC scholarship, education-related incentive or bonus, and advanced civil schooling) when the TA payment would constitute a duplication of benefits. Federal student aid loan, grant, and work-study programs are not considered a duplication of benefit.

    The Deputy Chief of Staff, G-1 is the proponent for this policy and will incorporate the provisions of this directive into the next update of AR 621-5. The Deputy Chief of Staff, G-1 will publish implementing guidance and annual updates to the TA program’s policies and procedures. Direct any questions about the policy to U.S. Army Human Resources Command, Army Continuing Education Division at usarmy.knox.hrc.mbx.tagd-aces@mail.mil.

    To apply for TA, go to GoArmyEd: https://www.goarmyed.com/User_Registration/New_User_SSN_DOB_Check.aspx

  • Information source: the United States Navy TA Policy (click here to visit the Navy TA website)

    Tuition assistance is a benefit paid to eligible servicemembers. The Navy TA program pays up to 100% (within fiscal year caps and limits) of tuition charged by educational institutions for course enrollments. There are specific eligibility requirements that sailors must meet to receive TA benefits.

    What Is Tuition Assistance?

    TA is the Navy's educational financial assistance program. It provides active-duty sailors funding for tuition costs for courses taken in an off-duty status at a college, university, or vocational/technical institution, whose regional or national accreditation is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. (Purdue Global is a regionally accredited institution.)

    Navy TA pays for both classroom and independent study/distance learning courses. Associate’s-, bachelor's-, and master's-level courses must be offered in semester hours or quarter hours (NAVADMIN 105/10). Certificate programs must be offered in clock hours and be approved by the Department of Veterans Affairs (NAVADMIN305/12). Credit earned must be documented on the institution's transcript.

    Who Is Eligible?

    TA is available to active-duty sailors and the following Naval Reservists:Enlisted Naval Reservists ordered to active duty for 120 days or more

    • Enlisted Naval Reservists ordered to active duty for 120 days or more
    • Naval Reserve Officers ordered to active duty for 2 years beyond the course term end date

    To qualify, sailors must:

    • Be on active duty for the duration of the course term
    • Attend an institution accredited by a regional, national, or professional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education
    • Receive counseling from a Navy College Education Counselor [Navy College Office or the Virtual Education Center (VEC)]
    • Provide grades from all previous TA-funded courses and reimburse all collectable grades. (Withdrawals for involuntary reasons may be granted an indebtedness waiver.)
    • Agree, if an officer, to remain on active duty for at least 2 years upon completion of the course(s) term end date. This obligation runs concurrently with remaining obligated service time. Officers who do not complete the required service obligation must repay the TA funds expended on their behalf during the last 2 years of active duty on a pro-rated basis.

    What Is Covered?

    TA may be used for the following programs:

    • High school diploma or equivalency certificate
    • Vocational/technical programs
    • Undergraduate programs
    • Graduate programs
    • Certificate programs

    TA will cover only tuition.

    TA does NOT cover books and course materials, academic institution fees, flight training 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.

    What Are the Caps?

    In accordance with NAVADMIN 127/18, effective 1 June 2018, there is a fiscal year cap of $4,500 per individual. This fiscal year cap applies to both TA and NCPACE DL combined.

    Payment for tuition will not exceed the following caps:

    • $250.00 per semester hour
    • $166.67 per quarter hour
    • $16.67 per clock hour (for approved certificate/diploma programs only)

    What Is My Education/WebTA? (To apply for TA.)

    My Education is the central portal for Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard TA processing. A servicemember submits a WebTA application via the My Education portal each time TA is requested for a specific term. Each service branch authorizes their respective WebTA applications. For sailors, the My Education portal is accessed through the Navy College Program website.

    • Please read all pertinent NAVADMINs for the most up-to-date information.

  • Information source: the United States Air Force TA Policy (click here and here to learn more)

    The Air Force Tuition Assistance (TA) program is designed to help active duty personnel pursue voluntary, off-duty educational opportunities. Courses and degree programs may be academic or technical and can be taken from two- or four-year institutions on base, off base or by correspondence.

    Currently, the program pays 100 percent of the cost of college tuition with a limit of $4,500 per fiscal year.

    Payments, Not to Exceed:

    • $250 per semester credit hour, or
    • $166.67 per quarter credit hour (Purdue Global is on the quarter credit hour system)

    Student must have a high school diploma or equivalent. To apply for tuition assistance (TA), please go to the Air Force Portal at www.my.af.mil/faf/FAF/fafHome.jsp.

    You will be unable to apply online for TA if the following applies to you:

    • Missing grades over 60 days from course end date
    • Suspense dates that have expired
    • Missing personal data in the education record, including phone, DOS, DOB, unit, office symbol, mailing address, email address, base, and education level
    • Requesting TA for courses that start more than 30 days in the future
    • Requesting TA for courses that have already started
    • Requesting TA for lower-level courses that are less than highest education level awarded
    • No degree plan in records

    TA is not authorized for courses leading to a lateral or lower level degree than you already possess (e.g., second associate's or bachelor's degree). TA is not authorized for post-master's degree coursework or degree.

  • Information source: United States Marine Corps TA (click here, here, and here to learn more)

    Marine tuition assistance (TA) is available for all active-duty and active reserve Marines. Each member receives $4,500.00 per fiscal year (October 1 through September 30). There is a cap of $250 per semester hour, $166.67 per quarter hour (Purdue Global is on the quarter credit hour system), and $16.67 per clock hour. Fees directly required for course enrollment may be combined with tuition. The Marine Corps will only pay fees that are published, mandatory, charged for course enrollment, and reimbursable in the event the student needs to withdraw from the course.

    TA is available to reservists on continuous active duty and their course must end prior to demobilization/deactivation. TA is offered to officers who agree to remain on active duty for 2 years. If an officer voluntarily resigns before the 2-year obligation is served, he or she will repay the government a prorated amount of TA.

    The following information is required to apply for TA:

    • Complete a College 101 Brief (10 to 15 minute online PowerPoint presentation)
    • Submit a Tuition Assistance Statement of Understanding
    • Submit a current up-to-date TA application
    • Reservists must submit a copy of activation or mobilization orders

    To qualify, all servicemembers must:

    • Be on active duty for the entire length of the course.
    • Attend an institution accredited by a regional, national, or professional accrediting organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. (Purdue Global is a regionally accredited institution.)
    • Provide all grades from TA courses. Successful course completion will be defined as a grade of “C” or higher for undergraduate courses, a “B” or higher for graduate courses, and a “Pass” for “Pass/Fail” courses.
    • Agree, if an officer, to remain on active duty for at least 2 years upon completion of a funded TA course. This OBLISERV runs concurrently with remaining obligated service.

    In addition, you must have the following:

    • TA authorization prior to beginning of course
    • No disciplinary actions pending
    • First time TA users must have completed the Financial Management MC - 3420F

    What is My Education/WebTA? (To apply for TA)

    My Education is the central portal for Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard TA processing. A servicemember submits a WebTA application via the My Education portal each time TA is requested for a specific term. Each service branch authorizes their respective WebTA applications.

  • Information source: United States Coast Guard TA Policy (click here and here to visit the U.S. Coast Guard website)

    TA Annual Cap

    • TA has an annual maximum or "cap" of $2,250.
    • The annual cap falls within each fiscal year (October 1 to September 30).
    • Once the member uses the maximum allotted amount per year, no waivers will be granted for additional money.
    • The established TA cap does not mean the Coast Guard guarantees to pay the full amount. Budget constraints may require further TA policy changes.

    TA Hourly Caps

    TA is available for undergraduate and graduate courses up to master’s degrees. The caps are:

    • $250 per semester hour, $166.66 per quarter hour, or $16.67 per clock hour.
    • Purdue Global uses the quarter credit system.
    • Tuition can be paid up to 100% as long as it does not exceed the hourly caps.

    Developmental Courses

    • 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."

    Fees

    • Fees are no longer funded with Tuition Assistance.

    Service Requirements—Enlisted

    • Servicemembers must meet all requirements set forth in ALCOAST or standing policy order to utilize TA.
    • Servicemembers must complete the TA authorized course(s) on or prior to RELAD, discharge, or retirement.
    • If a member is going to RELAD and provides documentation showing that he or she will be in the SELRES, then TA-authorized course(s) may begin in active-duty status and be completed in SELRES status.

    Service Requirements—Officer

    • Active-duty officers must meet all requirements set forth in ALCOAST in order to utilize TA.

    TA is NOT authorized for:

    • Members pursuing an additional degree at the same or lower level regardless of how they received their first degree.
    • Any course for which the member is receiving assistance under any other federally funded program where such a payment would constitute a duplication of benefits from the U.S. Treasury. In cases where federal grant monies are credited to the student's institution account, the credited portion will not be reimbursed by tuition assistance. Note: TA may be used when a member is 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.
    • 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, the member may submit TA request for the remainder of the tuition.
    • Audited courses: courses students are not officially registered for nor earn grade or credit.
    • Courses beginning in a subsequent fiscal year. The course start date determines the fiscal year funding to be used for accounting purposes.
    • Courses previously paid for using TA are not authorized further TA payments (i.e., courses previously completed when the member received a "final grade of D or better," or a course that has been waived by the CG Institute).
    • Physical education or recreation courses, unless the courses are required by the institution for degree completion, or the member is a candidate for a degree with a major in physical education or recreation and has not been awarded the physical education credits recommended by ACE for military training.
    • Courses when a member is in a duty-under-instruction status (DUINS) and the member's educational fees are being paid through another Coast Guard program.
    • Coast Guard members who are inmates in military, state, or federal prisons.
    • Undergraduate students whose average GPA is less than 2.0 (on a 4.0 scale) for the previous 12 semester hours completed under TA. In this case, the TA database (NCMIS) will lock the member's account and further Coast Guard TA will not be authorized. Forward grade report showing GPA of at least 2.1 or higher for “all courses regardless of TA usage” to the CG Institute TAG Division, which will coordinate the resolution with the Navy.
    • Chaplains (funded through Navy TA).
    • Members in advanced education programs.
    • Graduate students whose academic average for previous 12 semester hours is "less than a grade of "B" (or less than 3.0 on a 4.0 scale).
    • A second degree at the same or lower educational level if the first degree was funded, in whole or in part, with Coast Guard TA (i.e., if the applicant already has a bachelor's degree funded by TA, then TA shall not be authorized for another bachelor's degree).
    • Courses resulting in continuing education units (CEUs), or professional development units (PDUs). Courses credited in contact hours or clock hours. This includes courses converted from contact/clock to quarter/semester hours (usually applies to certificate programs). Students and ESOs/ESSs need to be careful not to approve courses from schools that convert clock hours to credit hours to avoid Coast Guard TA funds collection.
    • TA from another military service. TA is not authorized from any other service. Coast Guard members must go through a Coast Guard Educational Services Officer (ESO or ESS) to process the TA application.
    • Prerequisite courses, licenses (maritime, real estate, AC&R, etc.), tests (GMAT, GRE, LSAT), or certification courses (computer, maritime, law, medical, etc.).
    • Contract and Non-Appropriated Fund (NAF) employees.
    • Personnel awarded an administration discharge, in confinement, on appellate leave, or awaiting administration separation other than honorable or general discharge under honorable conditions. Servicemembers convicted by foreign or domestic courts, serving sentences in foreign prisons.

    What is My Education/WebTA? (To apply for TA)

    My Education is the central portal for Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard TA processing. A servicemember submits a WebTA application via the My Education portal each time TA is requested for a specific term. Each service branch authorizes their respective WebTA applications.

GI Bill Benefits

While GI Bill® benefits are often thought of as exclusively for veterans, they can be used during active-duty service. When these benefits are used in conjunction with military TA, it is done through the “Top Up” provision. Often, Top Up is not used as a student may lose a disproportionate amount of the GI Bill benefits in this situation. However, any GI Bill benefits are directly proportionate to the courses you take. For example, if you are eligible for the 100% entitlement of the Post-9/11 GI Bill and you attend 6 months of courses at a 50% course load, your GI Bill benefit would be reduced by 3 months.  

Please note, you would not be eligible for the Basic Housing Allowance for the portion of your Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits you use while on active duty; the housing allowance is only paid when you are in a veteran status.

It is important that you contact the Veterans Administration to determine exactly what your benefits are. There are several levels of entitlement and different types of GI Bills, each with varying rules and benefits to consider.  

You can start at www.gibill.va.gov  or www.ebenefits.va.gov.

Federal Financial Aid

Federal financial aid may also be available to those who qualify.  Financial aid comes in the form of loans, which you must pay back, and grants, such as the Pell Grant, which does not require repayment. You can find out what benefits you are eligible for by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) here.

Next Steps

If you are currently enrolled at Purdue Global, your Student Support Specialist can help you begin the process of assessing your funding options and provide greater details. Education Advisors can be reached at 866-522-7747.

If you are not yet enrolled, our Military Student Support Center can also provide you additional information. The Military Student Support Center can be reached at 866-583-4412.

NOTES AND CONDITIONS

Per-credit tuition reductions are based on the standard undergraduate tuition rate of $371.00 multiplied by the number of credits required to complete the degree.

† Military spouses enrolled in Purdue Global Tuition Cap programs are not eligible for this reduction.

‡ Some Purdue Global programs are not 100% online; some programs require you to gain hands-on experience in a real-world work environment. Contact an Admissions Advisor for additional information.

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 www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.