Military Tuition Assistance Programs

Each military service branch and component has their own criteria for Tuition Assistance eligibility, military service obligation, application process and restrictions. It is recommended you speak with your chain of command and a University of Alabama representative for further guidance to request your TA benefits.

For more information, review your military service website for details on your eligibility and the process for requesting tuition assistance.

Military Educational Benefit Information

To Apply for Tuition Assistance

  1. Speak with your education officer, career counselor, or benefits incentive specialists to ensure you are eligible for Tuition Assistance.
  2. Gain approval from your commander to attend classes at The University of Alabama prior to enrollment.
  3. See your base Education Services Officer (ESO) prior to enrolling for classes at The University of Alabama.
  4. Follow specific instructions for your military service branch regarding how to request Tuition Assistance for your course(s). Take note of the TA application instructions/deadlines specific to your branch and The University of Alabama academic calendar to ensure your request is processed in a timely manner. 
  5. GoArmyEd service members must submit request in the portal. All other branches of service must submit your approved TA request to the Bama By Distance Military Services Office for processing (email to uadistancemilitary@ua.edu PDF format).
  6. The Student Account Services Office will process your approved TA request, and post the TA credit to your student account. Please ensure you review your MyBama student account to ensure your TA has posted online.

To Apply for TA

General Information about Military Tuition Assistance

  • TA is exclusive to currently serving members of the Armed Forces. If your ETS date falls during the academic semester you will not get TA for that semester.
  • TA is requested on a course-by-course basis, and each course must be part of an approved degree program.
  • TA cannot be used for a lateral degree (you cannot use TA to earn a 2nd bachelor’s degree)
  • TA can be reimbursed for up to 100% of the course cost, not to exceed $250 per credit hour; up to $4,500 per fiscal year applies for Air Force, Navy, and Marines. Army cannot exceed $250 per credit hour; up to $4,000 per fiscal year and Coast Guard cannot exceed $250 per credit hour; up to $2,250 per fiscal year. (Fiscal year resets on October 1)
  • TA may NOT cover all course fees.
  • TA can be used in conjunction with the GI Bill®, but with some restrictions; contact The University of Alabama Office of Veterans and Military Affairs (VMA) for guidance at 205-348-0983 or email vma@ua.edu.
  • TA requests should be completed PRIOR to the start of the semester. Each military service branch has its own deadline.
  • You must clear all prior balances and holds with the University in order to confirm your schedule each term.
  • TA is a tuition reimbursement program. Payments are made directly to the University by your branch of military service. You are responsible for any costs over and above what your eligible TA benefits provide. If you cannot pay the full amount due by the payment due date, the University offers payment plans that you may enroll in. If you elect to enroll in a payment plan, there is a $30.00 enrollment fee that will be assessed to your student financial account. Payments not made by the due date may result in schedule cancellation, the application of late payment fees, transcript hold fees and additional collection fees in accordance with the student financial responsibility agreement that you signed when you enrolled in classes at the University.

Military/Veteran Contact Information

Bama By Distance Military Services
Primary POC: James Shamlee
Alternate POC: Dr. Nichelle McMullen
Phone: 205-348-6220
Email: uadistancemilitary@ua.edu

Office of Veterans and Military Affairs/VA Education Benefits
Primary POC for TOP UP GI Bill benefits and Alternate TA POC: Jason Sellars
Phone: 205-348-0983
Email: ajsellars@sa.ua.edu
Secondary Email: vma@bama.ua.edu

Institutional Services / Academic Counseling / Other Student Support Services
Primary POC: Alexandria Bynum
Phone: 205-348-0983
Email: akbynum@sa.ua.edu
Secondary Email: vma@bama.ua.edu

Student Account Services
Primary POC: Kim Lake
Phone: 205-348-5350
Email: studentaccounts@ua.edu

Office of Disability Services
Primary POC: Vanessa Goepel
Phone: 205-348-0285
Email: ods@ua.edu