Military Tuition Assistance (TA) is a benefit paid to eligible members of the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, and Coast Guard, reserve and National Guard. Congress has given each service the ability to pay up to 100% for the tuition expenses of its members. There is a financial cap per fiscal year that varies between services. Budget constraints may also drive policy concerning how much a particular branch of service is able to pay for its members.
Each service has its own criteria for eligibility, obligated service, application processes and restrictions. This money is usually paid directly to the institution by the individual services.
Additionally active duty members may elect to use the MGIB "top-up" in addition to their service provided TA to cover high cost courses.
TA is not a loan; it should be viewed as money you have earned just like your base pay.
For information specific to your branch and situation, it is recommended that you speak to your unit for this benefit. For information regarding CSUSB and tuition assistance, please contact Yolanda Gamble at (909) 537-5156 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.