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Marine Corps Tuition Assistance

The United States Marine Corps offers Tuition Assistance (MTA) for all eligible active-duty Marines for off-duty educational purposes. The MTA will pay 100 percent of costs associated with tuition and fees up to the maximum amount of:

  • $250 per semester credit hour and $275 per credit hour for graduate students
  • $4,000 per fiscal year
  • 16 semester hours (24 quarter hours) per fiscal year
For assistance applying to Waldorf through the WebTA Portal, please contact students@waldorf.edu

To Apply for MTA:
 
  • Complete a TA orientation class prior to using MTA. To attend the course, visit the Lifelong Learning or Education Office at your local base. (If you are stationed at a remote location, click here http://www.columbiasouthern.edu/Columbiasouthern_edu/media/icons/icon-pdf.gif to access the orientation course. Upon completion, you will need to print and fill out the certification form.)
  • If you are located at a remote site, your MTA will be processed at Camp Lejeune (if you are stationed east of the Mississippi) and Camp Pendleton (if you are stationed west of the Mississippi). I-I duty Marines will apply through MARFORRES in New Orleans. Recruiters will apply via their recruiting district or region headquarters.

Important Information for using MTA:
 
  • First-time, active-duty MTA applicants must have 24 months’ in service from their active-duty base date.
  • First-time MTA applicants must complete the MCI Personal Financial Management Course (Course ID 3240G).
  • Marines who do not possess an associate degree or 60 academic credits cannot take multiple courses concurrently.
  • First-time MTA applicants with a general technical score of less than 100 must take the Adult Basic Education Test and acquire a score of 10.2.
  • Marines must complete a degree plan prior to completing 12 semester hours.
  • MTA is not authorized for reimbursement for textbooks.
  • MTA is not authorized for use on courses leading to a lateral or lower level degree than the one you have already attained.
  • MTA cannot be used for certifications, license exams or credentials.
  • Marines shall be eligible for promotion.
  • Any officer using MTA must remain on active duty for two years prior to completion of the last MTA funded course.
  • MTA is available to Reservists on continuous active duty and their course must end prior to demobilization/deactivation.