Navy College Program Goes Virtual
As of September 2016, all but four Navy College offices closed. The Navy College offices at Naval Station Norfolk, Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Naval Base San Diego and Naval Base Kitsap will remain open through the end of FY17.
"The Navy Voluntary Education [VOLED] process is pretty simple and the information is at the fingertips of any Sailor seeking it, " said Lt. Dusan Ilic, educational services officer at the Defense Media Activity. "Sailors can explore education and career paths, receive counseling, research schools, and develop a plan right there on the website. - It's pretty seamless."
Ilic also pointed out that many local universities have representatives on military bases to assist service members.
In addition, there are a few changes that Sailors must be aware of. All Tuition Assistance (TA) requests for courses that have started after January 1, 2017 must be submitted and command approved between 120 and 14 days preceding the term start date.
"Although it wasn't standard practice in the past, the Navy College Office was willing to take some last-minute requests for Tuition Assistance [TA], and that's within a matter of days before the class start date. Now that is no longer the case," said Ilic.
In addition, Sailors generally need to be at their commands for a year before they can receive TA benefits, but in some cases waivers can be granted. However, pending legal actions or a failed Physical Fitness Assessment can impede the TA approval process.
Go for it. ... Take advantage of this gift. I think a lot of people rely on the GI Bill, which is also fantastic, but my philosophy is knock it out while you're still in." -Lt. Dusan Ilic