Military Tuition Assistance

 Military Tuition Assistance is a benefit paid to eligible service members of the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and Coast Guard.  Each branch of the military has its own eligibility criteria, application process and restrictions. 

Military Tuition Assistance provides financial assistance for voluntary off-duty educational programs in support of a service member's professional and personal self-development goals. All Active Duty service members (officers, warrant officers, enlisted) are authorized to participate in the TA program through their respective branches. This includes members of the Active Guard Reserve, as well as Reserve Component Service Members who are activated under U.S. Code Title 10 or Title 32.

Service members should speak with their Education Services Officer (ESO) or counselor within their Military Service prior to enrolling. More information regarding Military Tuition Assistance can be found through the service member’s branch of service or from, found here.

  • Waiver of Mandatory Fees

    Mandatory Fees are necessary to provide a complete range of student services that support the academic environment and provide the best possible services to the widest possible range of students at a reasonable cost. University fees enhance the experience of our students and the quality of the UWG community. The itemized list of Mandatory Fees and their explanations is available on the Bursar's Office website.

    Students Utilizing Military Tuition Assistance

    University System of Georgia Policy

    Policy, #7 (link) states that an institution may waive mandatory fees for “Members of the armed services utilizing the military’s tuition assistance programs or paying their own way to attend the institution.”  (BoR Minutes, Nov. 2014, February 2015; March 2016)

    In a decision announced on May 27, 2016, University of West Georgia President Kyle Marrero decided to exempt active duty service members and reservists who receive Military Tuition Assistance from Mandatory Fees. The policy would take effect starting with the Fall 2016 term could save service members as much as $981 for full-time enrollment. Please note that fee exemption applies only to courses paid for by Tuition Assistance.

     U.S. Military Reserve and Georgia National Guard Combat Veterans

    University System of Georgia Policy

    Policy (link) authorizes the waiver of all mandatory fees for Georgia residents who are active members of the U.S. Military Reserves and/or the Georgia National Guard who were deployed overseas for active service in a combat zone (as designated by the U.S. Department of Defense) on or after September 11, 2001, and served for a consecutive period of one hundred and eighty-one (181) days, or who received full disability as a result of injuries received while on active service.

  • Process for Students Using Military Tuition Assistance
    • Students should initiate the process of applying for Military Tuition Assistance by contacting their branch Administrative Office.
    • Once students have been approved and they receive a signed Tuition Assistance Approval Authorization form, students should submit the form to CALV either by fax (678-839-5215) or in person (UCC 311).
    • The signed and approved Tuition Assistance Approval Authorization form will then be verified by CALV and then CALV will forward the form to the Bursar’s Office for payment processing.
  • Military Tuition Assistance & HOPE Scholarship

    When it comes to using Military Tuition Assistance and the HOPE Scholarship, it most often benefits service members to suspend the HOPE Scholarship. 

    Military Tuition Assistance must be applied first.  AR 621-5 CH 5, Section 7(1) states "In cases where the Soldier is eligible for the Education Pell Grant and/or state-funded TA, Federal TA may be used concurrently and applied first. The Pell Grant and state-funded TA may be applied to the remaining balance of financial need as determined by the academic institution."  However it is not possible to apply a partial payment of HOPE funds and HOPE funds cannot be refunded to the student.  It may be beneficial for a student who is using Military Tuition Assistance who is eligible for HOPE to suspend their HOPE Scholarship.  

  • Degree Program Maps

    The Advising Center has a listing of the Degree Program Maps on their website. Find a link here.


Please note that it is not possible to use both Military Tuition Assistance and GI Bill benefits for the same enrolled courses.

Note: All students using military tuition assistance at the University of West Georgia for the first time must attend a benefits briefing with a member of the CALV staff.