Costs and Funding

Now that you have decided to get a credential, it is important to understand all the costs that may be associated with preparation, attainment, and maintenance of your credential. There may be fees associated with each step of the process. There are resources available to help Soldiers cover some of the costs associated with credentialing.

Typical Credential Costs and Potential Sources of Funding*

Types of Costs Army Funding Other Resources
Credential PreparationCredential Preparation
College courses/academic certificate programs/degrees Tuition Assistance, Credentialing Assistance GI Bill
Study Materials Credentialing Assistance
Non-college Preparatory Programs Credentialing Assistance GI Bill
Credential AttainmentInitial Credential Attainment
Membership Fees Credentialing Assistance
Application Fees Credentialing Assistance
Exam Fees Credentialing Assistance GI Bill
Credential MaintenanceCredential Maintenance and Renewal
CEUs Credentialing Assistance GI Bill
Recertification Fees Credentialing Assistance
Exam Fees Credentialing Assistance GI Bill

*Note: not all credentials have all of the costs listed above. In addition, funding sources have eligibility and other criteria that may limit what is covered. You need to research the credential requirements and the program eligibility requirements in order to determine what applies to your situation.

All Credentialing Assistance (CA) requests are submitted through GoArmyEd. Please note, the Army does not reimburse any credentialing related expenses.

Find out more about the potential costs associated with credentialing and the available funding resources.

Army Credentialing Assistance

Credentialing Assistance

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Army Proponent Funding

Army Proponent Funding

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GI Bill

GI Bill

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Potential Out of Pocket Costs

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Updated: June 12, 2020