appellate leave are not eligible for TA. Service members
convicted by foreign courts, serving sentences in foreign
prisons, and pending administrative vice punitive
discharge are not eligible for TA.
The prospective student must be counseled by a
Navy Campus education specialist before authorization
of TA. Navy Campus establishes an education file for
first-time TA users.
TA applicants serviced by mail are counseled by
phone or mail, and an education plan is developed and
held by the responsible Navy Campus office.
Personnel of other U.S. military services (and
members of the Coast Guard) who are attached to Navy
commands must meet the eligibility criteria of their
parent service when they apply for Navy TA. However,
TA authorized to members of other services will be paid
at the rate of authorization for Navy personnel.
The criteria for determining TA eligibility of an
institution is accreditation by either a regional or
national accrediting agency recognized by the Council
on Postsecondary Accreditation (COPA) and identified
in the current issue of Accredited Institutions of
Postsecondary Education published by the American
Council on Education (ACE). Schools in candidacy
status are not approved for TA. Schools in probation
status are approved for TA.
Institutions that grant diplomas, certificates, and
associate, baccalaureate, or graduate degrees must be
accredited by one of the regional or national accrediting
commissions as shown in Navy Voluntary Education
Programs, CNETINST 1560.3D.
Those institutions offering independent study
courses must not only meet the criteria discussed
previously and in CNETINST 1560.3D and be
accredited by national accreditation agencies, but must
also be listed in the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional
Education Support (DANTES) Independent Study
Catalog, DOD 1322.8, the DANTES Catalog of
External Degree Programs, or the Guide to National
Home Study Council Schools (NHSC), and the
American Association of Bible Colleges (AABC) to be
eligible for TA.
Certain foreign universities may be approved for
TA; however, such institutions must be individually
approved by the Naval Education and Training Program
Management Support Activity (NETPMSA), Code 043,
RATE AND EXTENT OF ASSISTANCE
Federal law provides for multiple levels of TA. The
level of assistance for Navy personnel meeting the
eligibility requirements is capped as follows:
75 percent of a maximum of $125 per credit hour
not to exceed $285 per course for undergraduate courses
(classroom or independent study).
75 percent of a maximum of $175 per credit hour
not to exceed $395 per course for graduate courses
(classroom or independent study).
For vocational technical courses measured in
clock hours, TA will fund 75 percent of the clock hour
cost in increments as discussed in paragraph 304.4 of
For approved independent study courses not
measured in clock or semester hours of credit, the
maximum allowable level of Navy support is capped at
75 percent of the cost of the course not to exceed $1,000
per course. TA for independent study courses is
reimbursed to the student after successful completion of
TA funds 75 percent of tuition after any
scholarships, grants, or fellowships have been deducted;
for example, 75 percent of the cost to the student.
Related course fees may also be included in addition to
the cost of tuition for calculation of assistance borne by
The level of assistance available to Navy
members who do not have a high school diploma is 100
percent for high school completion courses and
instructional related fees.
Direct expenses for instruction such as laboratory,
studio, and shop fees, materials, and supplies that will
be consumable over the duration of the course are
included in the computation of education expenses
covered by the 75 percent limitation for off-duty
education, provided these costs are based on specific
fees or changes customarily levied by educational
The established maximums do not mean that the
Navy guarantees to pay the full amounts. Budget
constraints may require TA policy changes.
Applicants must be counseled by a Navy Campus
education specialist concerning education goals before
receiving approval for TA.