While you’re on active duty, 100% of your tuition is covered at accredited institutions, up to $250 per college credit and/or $4500 per year. The Tuition Assistance Program is available at any duty station and participating can even help you earn bonus points toward promotion. To continue receiving these benefits, Marines must maintain a "C" average while enrolled.


For current Tuition Assistance policy and procedures, click here.

Tuition Assistance is a program offered by the Department of Defense intended to encourage service members to volunteer to attend courses delivered by accredited civilian educational institutions on campus, at military installations, or through distance learning during off-duty times. To aid with this, $4,500 is available for active duty Marines every fiscal year (1 October - 30 September) to help pay for the cost of tuition. Current rates are $250 per semester hour or $166.67 per quarter hour.

Are you a Sailor interested in Tuition Assistance?  Click here for Navy specific guidelines and contact information.


First time tuition assistance applicants must complete eligibility requirements to gain access to this funding.

  1. Complete the Personal Financial Management (PFM) Course.
    1. This course is completed within 90 days of arrival on first Permanent Duty Station at Joint Reception Center.
    2. Also available through Joint Knowledge Online (JKO) - Course Code is J3OP-US1395
    3. Upload completion certificate to your Web TA Portal.
  2. Attend a Marine Corps Tuition Assistance Overview (TA) Brief (no registration required).
    • In Person Schedule:
      • Schwab - Tuesday & Thursday 1000
      • Hansen - Monday & Wednesday 1000
      • Courtney - Monday & Wednesday 1000
      • Foster - Tuesday & Thursday 1000
      • Futenma - Monday & Wednesday 1000
      • Kinser - Tuesday & Thursday 1000
  3. Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) required ONLY IF GT SCORE EQUALS 99 OR BELOW.
    1. Check with your local Education Center for scheduled TABE tests. (Check the map below)

Applying for Tuition Assistance

Once the eligibility requirements are met, the next steps are enrolling in school and applying for TA to help cover the cost of tuition.

  1. Enroll in the school of your choice and request a degree plan (the list of classes required to earn your degree)
    1. First time TA users MUST attend their first TA funded class at an on-island school. Contact your local education center for possible exceptions to this requirement.
    2. Once received, upload a copy of your degree plan to your Web TA Portal.
  2. Choose a class that you wish to attend and apply for Tuition Assistance through your Web TA Portal.
    1. For guidance, please follow the instructions on our Step-by-Step Guide.

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