The major responsibilities of education
specialists/guidance counselors include, but are not
limited to, the following:
· Providing counseling/information on the Navy
· Helping personnel set realistic, attainable
· Evaluating the members prior civilian
education and military training and work
experience for possible academic credit toward a
· Recommending colleges for various programs
· Helping personnel enroll and register in courses
· Providing guidance on the SMART.
· Providing tests for college admissions, college
credit, or national certification.
· Approving Navy Tuition Assistance.
Q3. The ESO should refer members who wish to
pursue higher education to what activity?
If Navy College Office personnel are
unavailable, who should help members with
information, assistance, and reference
ESO WORKSHOPS CONDUCTED BY NAVY
Navy College Offices, at various locations, schedule
and conduct ESO workshops designed to acquaint the ESO
with voluntary education in the Navy. These workshops are
sometimes the only classroom training available to ESOs.
Q5. Who schedules ESO workshops?
TUITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
ESOs should be well informed about the Tuition
Assistance (TA) Program and should be able to help
applicants fill out the TA form.
TA is the Navys financial assistance program for
active duty service members pursuing voluntary
education goals during off-duty hours.
It pays a
portion of the tuition at accredited high schools,
colleges/universities, and vocational/technical
schools. TA does not pay for books or registration fees.
TA can be used for both classroom and distance
TA is open to both officer and enlisted active duty
It is also open to Naval Reservists on
continuous active duty and Naval Reservists ordered to
active duty 120 days or more.
To qualify, service
· Be on active duty for the whole length of the
· Attend an accredited institution. (Check with
Navy College Office to verify the schools
· Be pursuing a high school diploma or
equivalency, vocational/technical certificate, or
associate, bachelor, master, doctorate, or
· Receive counseling from a Navy College Office.
· Submit an application to the Navy College
Office before the beginning of the course.
(Application for TA, NAVMC 10883, must be
submitted to the Navy College Office before the
end of the schools late registration or add-drop
· Successfully complete the course.
· Agree, if an officer, to remain on active duty for
at least 2 years upon completion of courses
funded by TA. This obligation runs concurrently
with any remaining obligated service time.
Repayment of TA does not negate the obligation.
Those allowed to resign/retire before having
served the obligation must repay the TA funds
expended on their behalf during the last 2 years
of active duty on a pro-rata basis.
The level of TA for Navy personnel meeting
eligibility requirements is capped as follows (as of
· Undergraduate and graduate courses (measured
in semester or quarter hours): 75 percent of
tuition not to exceed
$187.50 per semester
hour/$125.00 per quarter hour and no more than
$3,500 per individual per fiscal year. Applies to
those seeking associate, bachelor, master,
doctorate, or professional degrees.
· Vocational/Technical courses (measured in
clock hours): 75 percent of tuition, not to exceed