Military Tuition Assistance (MilTA)

Regular Air Force: Active Duty

Benefit Fact Sheet

Summary

The Military Tuition Assistance (MilTA) Program provides financial assistance for voluntary off-duty civilian education programs in support of an Airman's professional and personal self-development goals. MilTA is authorized under U.S.C. 10, Section 2007, and implemented by Department of Defense Instruction 1322.25, Voluntary Education Programs.  All Airmen (officers, enlisted) on active duty, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve Airmen on active duty (pursuant to U.S. Code Title 10 or Title 32), are authorized to participate in the MilTA program.

Eligibility

Airmen on active duty are eligible for Military Tuition Assistance.

Benefit Highlights

The Military Tuition Assistance Program supports Airmen in pursuing their voluntary, off-duty education goals. MilTA will fund up to $4,500 per year for courses leading to an undergraduate or graduate degree. Consult Air Force Guidance Memorandum for AFI 36-2670 Total Force Development for more details.

The Air Force will pay all or a portion of the charges of accredited educational institutions that have signed the Department of Defense Memorandum of Understanding in pursuit of approved degree programs. When an educational institution's tuition is $250 or less per semester hour (or $166.66 per quarter hour), the Air Force will pay 100 percent of the amount charged by the institution for up to the $4,500 per person per fiscal year. When an institution's tuition exceeds $250 per semester hour or $166.66 per quarter hour, the Air Force will only pay $250 per semester hour (or $166.66 per quarter hour) of credit. Airmen assigned to an installation that is host to another Service will be referred by the local education center to the closest servicing center. Before obtaining MilTA, Airmen must be approved by their supervisors, via the Air Force Virtual Education Center (AFVEC) no earlier than 45 calendar days, and no later than 7 calendar days, before their course start date.

Current Air Force policy limits MilTA to 124 semester hours/186 quarter hours for an undergraduate degree, and 42 semester hours/63 quarter hours for a graduate degree. The graduate program cannot exceed 42 semester hours/63 quarter hours to include undergraduate pre-requisites on an evaluated degree plan.

Airman working on laptops To remain eligible for MilTA, students must maintain an overall GPA of 2.0 ("C" average) or above for undergraduate, and 3.0 ("B" average) for graduate level courses. Grades must be reported within 90 days after term end date or the Central MilTA Office will initiate reimbursement actions. Once reimbursement actions begin, they cannot be stopped or refunded. Please understand that when signing your request for Military Tuition Assistance, you are authorizing funds to be withdrawn from military pay if you do not complete courses, receive unsatisfactory grades, or have missing grades.

The law also stipulates an active duty service obligation for officers. According to AFI 36-2017, Active Duty officers incur an Active Duty Service Obligation (ADSO) of two years, and Reserve Component officers incur a Reserve Duty Service Obligation (RDSO) of four years. The ADSO/RDSO is calculated from the date of completion of the last course for which MilTA was used.

Education Programs at a Distance: MilTA is available for courses that are offered online, by correspondence, or through other non-traditional means. The courses must be offered by colleges that are accredited by accrediting agencies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. There are Education Centers in Djibouti, Germany, Bahrain, Korea, Egypt, Honduras, Belgium, Italy, Afghanistan, Qatar, Japan, Netherlands and Kuwait. Airmen deployed to those areas should contact the Education Center in their area for assistance. Active duty Airmen who are deployed to an area with no local Education Center should contact the Education Center at the installation where they were stationed prior to deployment.

Members can use the following resources, as part of their overall education benefits, that can help minimize their education expenses: Post-9/11 GI Bill, the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support’s (DANTES) subject standardized tests (DSST), College-Level Examination Program (CLEP), Community College of the Air Force ( CCAF) General Education Mobile (GEM), Air University Associate to Baccalaureate Cooperative (AU-ABC), and other sources such as scholarships and grants.

Individuals with questions regarding MilTA and these alternative funding options should contact their local Education Center or college counselor for assistance.

Additional Information
Document Review Date: 26 October 2020