College in your future? Tuition Assistance dollars are available!

By Ed Barker, Naval Education and Training Professional Development Center Public Affairs

PENSACOLA, Fla. (NNS) -- For service members interested in pursuing or continuing their education while on active duty, Navy tuition assistance (TA) is designed to help.

"Two of the questions we get asked most often are 'How do I get started with my education?' and 'How do I pay for it?'," said Naval Education and Training Professional Development Center Voluntary Education (VOLED) Program Director Ernest D'Antonio. "The answers are easy. 1) Start with the Navy College Program (NCP) website or Virtual Education Center (VEC), and 2) Talk with your Navy College Education Counselor to ensure TA eligibility, and 3) Apply."

- TA can fund up to 16 semester hours, 24 quarter hours, or 240 clock hours per fiscal year, and pay up to $250.00 per semester hour, $166.67 per quarter hour or $16.67 per clock hour.

- TA can be used to pay for courses leading to a first certificate, associate, bachelor's, or master's degree.

- TA funded classes, combined with credits already earned from a service member's military training from their Joint Services Transcript (JST), may accelerate degree completion while on active duty. Also, Final Multiple Score advancement points are available for degree completion through the E-6 exam.

Lt. Cmdr. Nick Turner, Navy VOLED deputy director, stressed that TA money is currently available, and Sailors have a broad window in which to apply.

"The summer term is fast approaching and now is not too soon to begin planning for the fall term as well," said Turner. "Sailors need to ensure their WebTA applications are submitted and command approved between 120 and 14 days before the term start date."

For Sailors in the Continental United States (CONUS), contact a Navy College education counselor with your questions via the NCP website at ( "Assistance Center," using Help Requests, CHAT, or call the Navy College Virtual Education Center (VEC) at 1-877-838-1659, DSN 492-4684. Customer service hours are Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. EST. The VEC is closed on federal holidays. The website also includes training, informational videos, and briefs to help Sailors navigate the VOLED process.

For Sailors outside CONUS, visit your local Navy College Office or use any of the methods mentioned above.

All Sailors should also download the Navy College Program mobile app from the GooglePlay or Apple Store.

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