Federal
Tuition Assistance

Federal Tuition Assistance (FTA)

What Is It?

FTA is financial assistance provided for voluntary off-duty education programs in support of a Soldier’s professional and personal self-development goals. (Reference: AR 621-5, RAR, 28 October 2019, Army Continuing Education System).

How Do I Qualify?

Tier 1:

  • Be currently serving in the ARNG and completed either Advanced Individual Training (AIT), Warrant Officer Basic Course (WOBC), or Basic Officer Leaders Course (BOLC).
  • Have not attained a bachelor's degree and wish to pursue an undergraduate academic certificate, associate’s or bachelor's degree or
  • Have attained a bachelor’s degree and wish to pursue a graduate academic certificate or
  • Have attained a bachelor's degree without the use of FTA and wish to pursue a master’s degree.

Tier 2:

  • Be currently serving in the ARNG and completed either Advanced Leader’s Course (ALC), Warrant Officer Advanced Course (WOAC), Captain’s Career Course (CCC), or equivalent
  • Have attained a bachelor's degree with the use of FTA and wish to pursue a master’s degree.

Service Requirement/Obligation:

  • Have an ETS or MRD after completion of FTA funded course(s).
  • Officers and Commissioned Warrant Officers are subject to a four-year Reserve Duty Service Obligation (RDSO) OR a two-year Active Duty Service Obligation (ADSO).

Additional Criteria:

  • The college is regionally or nationally accredited AND is a participant in GoArmyEd (GAE).
  • The funded course(s) meets a requirement listed in your personalized degree plan provided by the school (this can include prerequisite courses).
  • You maintain an undergraduate GPA of 2.0 or a graduate GPA of 3.0 for FTA-funded courses.
  • You must submit your FTA request at least 5 business days prior to course start date.