Coast Guard Tuition Assistance Program

Tuition Assistance

Tuition Assistance (TA) is the Coast Guard’s educational financial assistance program. It provides active duty and reserve personnel funding for tuition costs for courses taken in an off-duty status at a college, university or vocational/technical institution. The academic institution must be regionally or nationally accredited by an agency recognized by the Department of Education. The academic institution must also be a signatory of the Department of Defense Memorandum of Understanding (DOD MOU).

Coast Guard TA pays for both classroom and independent study/distance learning courses in semester, quarter, or clock hours. Clock hour courses must lead to an eligible certificate program.

The Coast Guard will fund tuition cost, not to exceed $250.00 per semester hour, $166.67 per quarter hour, or $16.67 per clock hour. The fiscal year cap for TA is $2250.00 per member. You can read a full description of the FY20 Coast Guard Tuition Assistance Policy here.

Members are strongly encouraged to seek Education Services Officer (ESO) guidance when deciding which college or university maximizes military training, credits-by-exam, and provides the best value for tuition dollars. ESOs can also help identify other sources of funding, if desired. You can learn about other funding options and reimbursement programs for education expenses on the Education and Training Quota Management Command (ETQC) public-facing website.


Costs Covered by Coast Guard TA Program
Credential Preparation
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Initial Credential Attainment
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Credential Maintenance and Renewal
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Updated: February 8, 2020