Coast Guard Tuition Assistance: Background & Summary
While there are a variety of military benefits available to help members of the military earn college degrees or further their educations, you may not want to wait until you are out of the Coast Guard and use these military benefits. Fortunately, you can use the U.S. Coast Guard Tuition Assistance Program to pursue your degree while you serve on active duty.
Who is Eligible for Coast Guard Tuition Assistance?
In order to be eligible for the U.S. Coast Guard Tuition Assistance Program, you must be serving on active duty in the U.S. Coast Guard, and you must have at least a year remaining in your contract. In many cases, members of the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve and civilian employees of the Coast Guard may also be eligible after serving on active duty for at least a year.
How to Get Coast Guard Tuition Assistance
In order to apply for benefits under the U.S. Coast Guard Tuition Assistance Program, you must first apply to, and be accepted by, an accredited university or other institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Tuition Assistance benefits may be used to pay for traditional campus-based courses as well as online education programs. You must apply for tuition assistance each time you take a course.
What's Covered by Coast Guard Tuition Assistance?
The U.S. Coast Guard Tuition Assistance Program covers most of the expenses that you face in pursuing higher education. This includes tuition, instructional fees, any required enrollment fees, and laboratory fees for courses that have a laboratory requirement. While the U.S. Coast Guard Tuition Assistance Program can cover 100 percent of your eligible educational expenses, there is a maximum to the benefits that you can receive. This is $250 per semester hour, and up to $4,500 in benefits each year.
Applying for Coast Guard Tuition Assistance
In order to learn more about how to apply for the U.S. Coast Guard Tuition Assistance Program, visit your education office today. You can also find more information at the U.S. Coast Guard Web site.