Federal Tuition Assistance

  • The Federal Tuition Assistance (TA) program pays the cost of tuition and some additional fees. Nearly all Active Duty, Reserve or Guard members are eligible for FTA. However, each service branch determines eligibility criteria that often reduce access. FTA covers up to 100 percent tuition and fees, not to exceed $250 per semester credit hour or $4,000 per fiscal year, with a maximum of 16 credits.

    All active duty service members (including Guard and Reserve) must contact their education service officer or education counselor within your branch of service prior to enrolling in any college or university.

    Federal Tuition Assistance application procedures for military services:

  • Military Tuition Assistance Return Unearned Funds

    Minnesota State University has a policy that returns any unearned tuition assistance (TA) funds on a proportional basis through at least the 60 percent portion of the period for which the funds were provided to the military Service Branch.

    Schedule of returns is as follows:

    • 15-week Course Withdraw submitted:
      • Before or during week 1: 100% return
      • During weeks 2-6: 75% return
      • During weeks 7-8: 50% return (50% of course is completed)
      • During week 9: 10% return (60% of course is completed)
      • During weeks 10-15: 0% return
    • 11-week Course Withdraw submitted, the 60% of course completed at 6.6 weeks
    • 8-week Course Withdraw submitted, the 60% of course completed at 4.8 weeks
    • 5-week Course Withdraw submitted, the 60% of course completed at 3 weeks
    • 4-week Course Withdraw submitted, the 60% of course completed at 2.4 weeks
    • 3-week Course Withdraw submitted, the 60% of course completed at 1.8 weeks
        

    As an institution, we will bill the DOD after 60% of the semester has passed to reduce the amount of incorrect TA funds being disbursed by the DOD to MSUM. We will only bill for the amount the student earned given their enrollment and taking into account any relevant withdrawals.

    Eligible recipients’ enrollment will be monitored each term by MSUM's Certifying Official, the determination of percentage earned/unearned TA will be done by MSUM Certifying Official, and DOD billing is handled by Business Services.

    DOD Voluntary Education Partnership Frequently Asked Questions