Federal Tuition Assistance Program (FTA/GoArmyEd):
A new policy for the Federal Tuition Assistance Program (FTA/GoArmyEd) has been released by the Dept. of the Army. The following is a list of the changes due to take effect on 01 January 2014. These changes apply to all Soldiers using FTA regardless of component. Additional information regarding these changes can be located on the "Frequently Asked Questions" page of our website. A direct link can be found in the "General Information" section of this page.
o Soldiers will NOT be eligible until successfully completing 1 year of service following graduation of Advanced
Individual Training (AIT)
o If any portion of the undergraduate degree was funded by FTA, the Soldier can NOT use FTA for a 2nd, Higher Level
Degree (Post Bachelor's) until they have 10 years of service. THIS DOES NOT EFFECT SOLDIERS IF FTA DID NOT FUND
ANY PORTION OF UNDERGRADUATE WORK.
o FTA will only pay for up to 16 semester hours (SH) per Fiscal year at a rate of $250/SH
o FTA will only pay for up to 130 SH for a Bachelor's Degree
o FTA will only pay for up to 39 SH for a Master's Degree
o FTA can NOT be used to pay for First Professional Degrees (PHD, MD, JD)
o Soldiers MUST pass the APFT (Army Physical Fitness Test), meet Height/Weight standards and not have a adverse action
flag in order to be eligible to receive FTA.
o The Army will honor FTA requests for payment for Soldiers with approved FTA requests prior to 31 December 2013
whose eligibility will be affected by these policy changes (those currently in classes and those whose class might not have
started yet). However, no further FTA-funded enrollments will be authorized until you meet the new eligibility
o The policy changes listed above will remain in effect until further notice.
The new policy is designed to maximize the use of FTA for all Soldiers in a constrained budget environment.
North Carolina Tuition Assistance Program (NCTAP):
Currently no updates
GI Bill Programs:
Effective 10 January 2014, the Army National Guard (ARNG) TEB Statement of Understanding (SOU) is no longer required
for Soldiers electing to transfer their CH 33 (Post 9/11) GI Bill benefits to their spouse and/or dependents. The ARNG will approve TEB requests currently in a "pending" status for non-submission of the ARNG TEB SOU. Any request missing an enlistment extension will remain in "pending" status until the DA Form 4836 has been loaded into the Soldier's IPERMS record. Additional information regarding TEB or the CH 33 GI Bill program can be located by clicking on the "Chapter 33 (Post 9/11)" tab located in the "GI Bill Information" section of this page.
Currently no updates
o DLPT testing has resumed.
A "Frequently Asked Questions" (FAQ) page has been added to the website under the "General Information" section of this page. The FAQ page provides a lot of guidance for Service Members on common questions. The page answers a lot of questions regarding the upcoming changes to the FTA policy and provides a way for Service Members to submit questions to the ESO via email.