Air Force Tuition Assistance

Learn how to get tuition assistance for participating Airmen for distance learning and on-campus courses.

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About the program

Tuition Assistance (TA) is available to participating Airmen for both distance learning and on-campus courses. TA is paid on a reimbursable basis, after student successfully completes the course(s) for which TA was requested and approved. Successful course completion is defined as C or better.

Airmen will receive 100% for undergraduate or graduate study up to $4,500 per fiscal year. Department of Defense imposes additional limits of no more than $250 per semester hour or $166.66 per quarter hour.

TA is only available for courses leading to a degree at a level not already held by the Airman or higher.

  • EXAMPLE: Airmen who already posses a bachelor's can not apply for an associate's or second bachelor's (education levels must be progressive and not equivalent).
  • EXCEPTION: Airmen pursuing an associate degree from Community College of the Air Force in their primary controlled Air Force Specialty Code are authorized tuition assistance regardless of any other degrees held.

TA shall be provided only for courses offered by post-secondary institutions accredited by a national or regional accrediting body recognized by the Department of Education. Certification or vocational courses are not funded.


Who is eligible

Student must have a high school diploma or equivalent.

How to apply

To apply for tuition assistance, please go to the Air Force Portal.

  • In the links on the left find "Air Force Virtual Education Center" (AFVEC).
  • This will take you to your education record.
  • On the right is a menu entitled "Self Service Options".
  • Click on "Apply for TA". You will request Reserve TA (not Military) and your servicing education center will be ARPC Denver (AFRC).

For more information, contact:

US Air Force

HQ ARPC/DPSVN, Directorate of Personnel Services
18420 E. Silver Creek Ave., Bldg, 390, MS68
Buckley AFB, CO 80011

(800) 525-0102

Air Reserve Personnel Center

    Date published: February 9, 2022
    Last updated: June 8, 2022