Marine Tuition Assistance

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Military service members in the United States Marine Corps may want to take advantage of their Tuition Assistance (TA) benefits to get a head start on preparing for a post-military career in the civilian sector.  As part of its ongoing commitment to provide assistance to the men and women who so nobly serve our country, the Marines offer several programs designed to support the educational goals of its members.

While each branch of military service has its own set of criteria used to determine eligibility for tuition assistance, the Marine Corps provides up to 100 percent of the cost to service members who elect to pursue off-duty or voluntary education.  This would include all active-duty and Reserve enlisted Marines on continuous active duty attending accredited colleges and universities.

Officers who are on active-duty are eligible to receive MarineTuition Assistance if they commit to staying on active duty for two continuous years after completing the course funded by the program.

Those who meet eligibility requirements and elect to enroll in courses toward a degree may not exceed ,500 in tuition-assistance funds per fiscal year.  Funding is limited to 0 per semester hour or the equivalent in undergraduate, graduate, vocational and technical classes, independent study and distance-learning programs.  TA is funded for authorized courses at the time of registration regardless of the length of the particular class.

If you think you may go beyond your allowed cap for expenses, there are other options available to help cover the additional expenses such as federal grants and scholarships.

Marine Corps College Fund – Marines who demonstrate a potential for academic excellence and are listed on eligible Marines’ contracts during their initial enlistment into the service may be eligible to receive tuition assistance through this fund.
Montgomery G.I. Bil – At the time of their initial enlistment, service members can sign up for the Montgomery G.I. Bill. GI BillDuring the first year, a monthly deduction of 0 is taken out of the participant’s paycheck.  After that, a marine can use the Bill at any time for up to 10 years following the time of honorable discharge.  Those on active duty can use is in conjunction with military tuition assistance.    Now that you know whether or not you are eligible, here are some important details regarding the application process:

-First-time students will be required to complete a Tuition Assistance Orientation Class PRIOR to using the TA funds.  Those service members stationed at remote sites, or non-Marine Corps installations, can access the course online (go to http://www.usmc-mccs.org).

-Prior to enrollment, you must apply for and receive written authorization for tuition assistance through the appropriate education office.

-For Marines in remote locations and those assigned to other service sites, tuition assistance is processed at Camp Lejeune for those east of the Mississippi, and at Camp Pendleton for those west of the Mississippi.  Recruiters apply through their district or region headquarters.

Jonathan Malvin is an agent writer for Military education. To learn more about Marine Tuition Assistance and Military Spouse Career Advancement Account.

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