GoArmyEd - Federal Tuition Assistance
TA REQUESTS MUST BE APPROVED BY AN EDUCATION COUNSELOR PRIOR to THE CLASS START DATE.
In order to allow an education counselor adequate time to process and approve the TA request BEFORE the COURSE START DATE…
Soldiers must input their TA requests AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, but not later than 14 days BEFORE the course start date. For example, if class begins on 18 August, the TA request must be submitted no later than 4 August. Keep in mind, Soldiers must already have an approved course planner if a course planner is required before they can request tuition assistance.
Do I qualify for Federal Tuition Assistance (FTA)?
IF YOU HAVE SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED ONE YEAR OF SERVICE AFTER GRADUATION FROM AIT, WOBC, OR BOLC.
IF YOU HAVE COMPLETED 10 YEARS OF SERVICE if you are applying for tuition assistance for a master’s program. This ONLY applies if TA was used previously to pay for any portion of undergraduate course work.
If you are serving in a SATISFACTORY status and have NO FLAGGING ACTIONS in the Army National Guard and don’t have an Expiration Term of Service (ETS) or Mandatory Removal Date (MRD) prior to the completion of course(s).
Soldiers assigned to the ING/IRR are not eligible.
If you are a CW2 or 1LT or above you will be subject to a 4 year Reserve Duty Service Obligation (RDSO) or a 2 year Active Duty Service Obligation (ADSO).
If you are not a recipient of an ROTC scholarship.
If you have NOT already earned a master’s degree or higher. Exceptions are initial state teacher certification and chaplain certification (Chaplain Candidates are not eligible).
What will FTA pay for?
Up to $250.00 per semester hour, not to exceed 16 SEMESTER HOURS PER FISCAL YEAR (1 October – 30 September).
FTA may pay towards the cost of tuition if the college/university is regionally or nationally accredited AND is an active GoArmyEd participant.
Funded courses must be listed on your documented degree plan from the school.
FTA may pay towards ONE of each level of credential with the limitations of up to 130 undergraduate hours and 39 graduate hours taken in progressive order. FTA cannot be used for courses leading to a lower, lateral, or duplicate postsecondary credential or degree that has been documented in your education record, regardless of funding source.
Undergraduate students must maintain a 2.0 or above GPA on a four-point scale for TA-approved courses. Students that receive a grade of "D" or "F" for a course will be recouped for the amount of tuition assistance received for the course.
Graduate students must maintain a 3.0 or above GPA on a four-point scale for TA-approved courses. Students that receive a grade of "C", "D", or "F" for a course will be recouped for the amount of tuition assistance received for the course.
What will FTA not pay for?
What do I do to get started?
START NOW! A little work on your part WILL pay big dividends. You MUST begin the process early. You can apply for tuition assistance as soon as possible (up to 60 days out), but no later than (14) days BEFORE the course start date. For example, if class begins on 18 August, the TA request must be submitted no later than 4 August. Keep in mind, Soldiers must already have an approved course planner if a course planner is required before they can request tuition assistance.
This is to allow education counselors time to process and approve your application prior to the course start date. Applications are processed on a first-come, first-serve basis. There are no guarantees tuition assistance will be approved prior to the course start date. INPUT YOUR TA REQUESTS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE! For courses not approved prior to the course start date, there are no exceptions.
Requesting tuition assistance, uploading documents to the eFile, and the input of course data are an individual’s responsibility.
AFTER YOUR ACCOUNT IS ACTIVATED
NOTE: The following instructions apply if you are attending a Non-LOI school. The term Non-LOI school refers to accredited, postsecondary education schools that have not signed a Letter of Instruction (LOI) with the Army to integrate their schedule of classes, tuition costs, and course registration processes within the GoArmyEd program. The vast majority of public and private universities within the State of Mississippi are Non-LOI. Contact an education counselor if you are unsure if your school is Non-LOI.
DOCUMENTED DEGREE PLAN/STUDENT AGREEMENT. A documented degree plan must include four (4) items
Listing of all of the requirements for degree completio
Evaluation of transcripts, to include military training and college credits previously earne
- Note: Your military training is evaluated on your Joint Services Transcript (JST). To get a copy of your JST, go to: https://jst.doded.mil AND submit the transcript to your school’s registrar for evaluation.
Endorsement by the school (hand-written or digital signature of a school official) OR degree plan generated directly from the school’s online automated degree audit system.
COURSE TUITION COSTS. The detailed bill consists of official school documentation with student’s name, such as an itemized receipt, a current invoice, or a statement of tuition and fees specific to your enrollment. When uploading the DETAILED BILL, tuition and fees MUST be listed separately with courses identified showing a breakdown of cost-per-semester/quarter/clock-hour and fees. The bill must specify Tuition = X amount of dollars. A page out of the school catalog will not suffice.
CLASS SCHEDULE with student’s name showing all courses with the START and END dates, course department and numbers, course names, course hours and days/times for each class.
UPLOADING DOCUMENTS TO EFILE
First, upload THREE (3) documents to your eFile:
STEP 1: Login to www.GoArmyEd.com
STEP 2: Select “My Education Record” Smart Link
STEP 3: Select the “eFile” tab and scroll down
STEP 4: Under Upload eFile. Complete the required fields (Title and Description). Ensure you select the correct transaction type for EACH file you upload. Only one file can be uploaded at a time.
STEP 5: Select “Browse” to find the following PDF file you have previously scanned and saved to your computer desktop.
STEP 6: Select “Upload File”.
Repeat steps 4-6 for School Tuition/Fee Cost and Class Schedule.
Once EACH document with the CORRECT transaction type has been uploaded to your eFile, you are ready to apply for tuition assistance!
NOTE: If you already have an approved degree plan, you don’t have to upload another degree plan unless your degree plan changes.
HOW TO REQUEST Tuition Assistance (TA)
STEP 1. Login to www.GoArmyEd.Com with your Username and Password
STEP 2. To determine if a course planner is required, click on the Request TA Tab, if it takes you to the Course Planner page, a Course Planner is required. If not, proceed to Step 4 below.
STEP 3. Complete the Course Planner. Select the “How to use Course Planner” link under Training Resources on your screen for assistance using the Course Planner.
Get an official Student Agreement / Documented Degree Plan from your school.
Select the Course Planner Smart Link on your GoArmyEd homepage.
The first step on your Course Planner is to upload your degree plan unless you have already uploaded one to your eFile.
Next enter the number of REMAINING units you need to graduate (this should be provided by your school on the degree plan). ENSURE you input ALL the course hours you have remaining.
Click the “Select School” button to select the school from which you plan to take a course.
If the course you wish to take has been uploaded to GoArmyEd by your school, you will be prompted to search for the course to add it to your Course Planner. If the school has not uploaded the course you need, manually enter the required course information. Ensure the course you input is listed on your degree plan.
To enter the information for the other courses listed on your degree plan, you REPEAT the process by clicking “Select School” and again entering the course information. After entering all your remaining courses, click and place a checkmark by each course. Now, click SUBMIT. The status will change from “NEW” to “PENDING”.
Once the status is showing “PENDING”, it is sent to an education counselor for approval.
STEP 4. YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO REQUEST TUITION ASSISTANCE UNTIL YOU HAVE AN APPROVED COURSE PLANNER. Once your course planner is approved or one is not required, select the “Request TA” button from your GoArmyEd home page.
Note: When you select the “Request TA” smart link and you don’t have an approved Course Planner, the Course Planner page will appear and you’ll have to complete a Course Planner as noted above in STEP 3.
NOTE: When applying for Tuition Assistance (TA), Soldiers who are full-time students at a flat-rate school should ONLY input the MINIMUM number of hours their school requires to qualify as a FULL-TIME student. This is normally 12 hours. A flat-rate school charges the same tuition for a range of hours which is usually 12-18 hours. Part time students MUST input ALL of their classes.
For example, a school charges $3,372 for students that take 12-18 hours. A student’s schedule reflects 15 hours for the Spring semester beginning in January. In this case, the Soldier would only need to request tuition assistance for 12 hours. To determine the unit cost, the Soldier divides $3,372 by 12 which would equal $281 per semester hour. Once approved, GoArmyEd would pay up to $250 per semester hour, which would be $3,000. By doing this, the Soldier could request tuition assistance for the remaining four (4) semester hours for the Fall semester beginning in August since tuition assistance will ONLY pay for up to 16 semester hours per fiscal year (1 October – 30 September).
STEP 1. Login to www.GoArmyEd.Com with your Username and Password
STEP 2. Select “Request TA”.
STEP 3. Confirm school is pre-populated, enter the class subject, Catalog and the Class start date and select NEXT. Do not input a class unless it is on your degree plan, schedule, and invoice.
STEP 4. Once the TA Request Displays, Complete each required field in the Class Information and Class Cost Sections. Search eFile and attach your Course Schedule AND Course and Fee Costs here.
Class Schedule – Transaction Type – Costs and/or Course Enrollment Verification showing all courses with student’s name with the course start and end dates, course department and numbers, course names, course hours and days/times for each class.
Course and Fee Cost – Transaction Type – Costs and/or Course Enrollment Verification consisting of official school documentation with student’s name such as an itemized receipt, a current invoice, or a statement of tuition and fees specific to your enrollment. Tuition and fees must be listed separately with courses identified showing a breakdown of cost-per-semester/quarter/clock-hour and fees. Fees listed on invoice must be itemized and specific to each course (i.e. Lab Fee for BIO 1101).
Unit Type will be Semester, Quarter, or Clock. Unit will be the number of hours for the course, i.e. 3.00. Unit Cost will be the cost per hour, NOT per course. Select “Calculate Cost” to populate the invoice section so you can see the final Army and Soldier’s costs.
STEP 5. Verify all the information you provided in the TA Request matches the information you’ve uploaded into your eFile.
STEP 6. Review your TA Request for accuracy and then select “Submit”.
STEP 7. Confirm your email address information and your contact information.
STEP 8. Click “Account Information Verified” button. <Click Ok>
STEP 9. If you need to request TA for another class Click YES. If not, exit the screen.
STEP 10. When the TA Request is approved by the Army, you will receive a confirmation email.
After Receiving TA Request Approval
SUBMIT TA APPROVAL FORM TO YOUR SCHOOL’S BUSINESS OFFICE!
STEP 1. To print this form, select the "Other Links" Smart Link from your home page, then select the plus icon next to "After You Enroll in a Class" and select the "View All TA Requests" link.
STEP 2. Select "Search" and then select one course from the desired term and a new screen will open. Place a check in the "Print Select" checkbox for the courses you want to print on your TA Form.
STEP 3. Select the "Print TA Form" button and a report will run. A link will be displayed when the report is done. Select the link to view the report, “Click here to view report”.
STEP 4. Print or save the PDF form to your computer.
STEP 5. Submit the approval form to your school’s business office!
Ensure the data on the TA Approval Form is correct. If you identity an error, it is your responsibility to notify the education office to see if a correction can be made.
For additional information and to establish your GoArmyEd account, go to:
Toll-Free Help Desk: 1-800-817-9990
MSARNG Education Office: 601-313-6442, 601-313-6183