For those who meet the eligibility criteria, the Coast Guard currently pays tuition costs for academic courses as follows:
up to $250 per semester hour or
up to $166.67 per quarter hour and
up to a maximum of $4,500 per fiscal year.
(Currently, the Coast Guard does not authorize TA for vocational or clock-hour courses.)
All courses for which you want to use TA must be taken from nationally or regionally accredited institutions. Also, to qualify for TA, the credit you earn for a course must be required for your degree program.
Currently, TA is not authorized for courses for which you Continuing Education Units (CEUs), Professional Development Units (PDUs), non-accredited clock hours, or non-accredited contact hours.
Tuition assistance differs in a number of ways from education funding through the GI Bill.
TA money goes directly to the institution you're taking courses from, not to you.
TA can only be used for tuition and tuition-related costs.
TA must be requested before you pay for a course; you will not be reimbursed by the Coast Guard for courses already taken.