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Tuition Assistance (TA)

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The Tuition Assistance (TA) program provides financial assistance for voluntary off-duty education programs in support of a Soldier’s professional and personal self-development goals. All Active Duty Soldiers (officers, warrant officers, enlisted) are authorized to participate in the TA program through the GoArmyEd portal (subject to qualifying criteria).

The Department of Defense (DoD) has directed a uniform TA fiscal policy across the military services. Currently, the established semester hour cap is $250 and each Solider has an annual ceiling of $4,500. Authorized fees covered by TA are mandatory fees that are associated with an individual course enrollment.  Non-reimbursable fees and fees that are not linked to individual course enrollments (e.g. application fees, graduation fees) are not covered by TA.

TA is available for courses that are offered in the classroom or by distance learning. The courses must be offered by colleges that are accredited by accrediting agencies that are recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. The Academy of Art University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), the Council for Interior Design Accreditation.

Reserve Tuition Assistance
Many members of the Selective Reserve are eligible for tuition assistance.  However, each of the Armed Forces determines how to administer their own Tuition Assistance (TA).  Contact your local Reserve Education Office for assistance with TA or any other voluntary education assistance.

TA Procedures

  1. The Soldier must declare a specific degree as an educational goal and obtain a degree map. TA will only be approved for courses that are listed on the degree map or lead to the goal. Soldiers need to establish an educational goal with an Admissions Representative (415-274-2219).
  2. Soldiers must contact an Education Center counselor for validation of their chosen educational goal and confirm TA eligibility.
  3. Submit a TA Authorization Form to the Financial Aid Office:
    • Fax: 415-618-6290
    • Email:
    • Mail: Academy of Art University, Attn: Financial Aid Office, 79 New Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA  94105
  4. Contact Accounts Receivable (415-618-6429 or to make payment arrangements. If applying for financial aid, contact the Financial Aid Office (415-618-6190 or to ensure financial aid file is complete.