The Air Force presents service-members with several options to support their voluntary education goals including 100% Tuition Assistance for college courses taken while off-duty. (100% people!) TA is an extremely important quality of life program and is cited as one of the most compelling reasons for enlisting and re-enlisting in the USAF.
The maximum amount paid for Tuition Assistance: 100% Tuition and Fees
Not to exceed:
The advantages of this system are that there are no lines, the forms are simple, and you can finish the entire process without a trip to your local education center. Furthermore, it keeps things highly visible and highly manageable (in the cloud) by allowing you to track and manage your TA requests and account directly through your AFVEC logon.
Before you can access the online TA request process, you must create a user name and password on the AFVEC. This can be done through the Air Force Portal at https://www.my.af.mil/.
You must apply for Tuition Assistance online using the Air Force Virtual Education Center. This must be done through the Air Force Portal at https://www.my.af.mil/. There are six steps to completing the AFVEC online TA process.
To apply for tuition assistance you can either go to the tuition assistance office at your installation or use the Air Force's Virtual Education Center which is an online system to process tuition assistance requests.
If you choose to apply for tuition assistance through the Virtual Education Center you must first create a username and password which can be done through the Air Force Portal at the following site. https://www.my.af.mil/
If it is determined, through the Virtual Education Center, that tuition assistance does not cover some of the cost indicated, you will be notified and have the option to use a portion of your GI Bill if you are eligible for GI Bill benefits. At this point you will be required to accept all conditions and certifications before submitting the application.
Be sure the proper email address is noted because this will be your form of communication between you and the tuition assistance program. Do not rely on tuition and fees being paid until you have received final approval from the education center.
Once you have received notification that your tuition assistance form has been approved, send a copy of the approved form to the school you will be attending.
Tuition assistance cannot be used to obtain a degree that is at a lateral level or lower level than one you already possess. There are, however, some exceptions made to this statement regarding CCAF:
Please note that it is no longer a requirement to get a supervisors signature on tuition assistance forms but you are expected to obtain your supervisors support of your participation in the program by discussing your schedule.
Courses may be dropped as long as both the base education center as well as the school is notified and it is within the add/drop period. Outside of that period, you will be required to cover the cost of the course unless a waiver has been obtained. Incomplete grades must be cleared with the required time allotted by the institution or within 12 months, whichever comes first, otherwise you will be responsible for reimbursement of the cost of the course. Tuition assistance may not be used for post-masters degree classes.
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