R 061757Z JAN 21 MID200000516321U
FM SECNAV WASHINGTON DC
INFO SECNAV WASHINGTON DC
CNO WASHINGTON DC
CMC WASHINGTON DC
MSGID/GENADMIN/SECNAV WASHINGTON DC/-/JAN//
SUBJ/TUITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM UPDATES//
REF/B/DOC/SECNAV WASHINGTON DC/07DEC20//
NARR/REF A IS DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE INSTRUCTION 1322.25, VOLUNTARY EDUCATION
PROGRAMS CHANGE 4. REF B IS SECNAV MEMORANDUM 07DEC20, DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY
TUITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM.//
RMKS/1. This ALNAV announces changes to the Department of the Navy's (DON)
Tuition Assistance (TA) Program. TA is designed to expand the professional
development opportunities and enhance degree completion of Sailors and
2. Annual TA Funding updates.
a. To improve Sailor and Marine education opportunities, the DON will
implement a consistent 18 credit hour limit per Sailor/Marine, per year, for
the TA program beginning in Fiscal Year 2022, consistent with Department of
Defense (DoD) policy and guidance.
b. Effective 1 October 2021, in accordance with reference (a), DoD
policy directs a TA semester hour cap of $250 and a $4,500 annual limit.
c. TA will continue to be paid up to the DoD established limits,
currently set at $250 per semester hour, $166.67 per quarter hour, or $16.67
per clock hour. Tuition exceeding these limits, in addition to fees, books,
and instructional materials, will continue to be the responsibility of the
Sailor and Marine.
3. Maximizing TA opportunity is an investment in our Sailors and Marines,
which is consistent with our message that learning and professional growth
are not only available, they are expected of senior leaders.
a. Sailors and Marines with currently approved education plans at high
cost schools may benefit from comparison-shopping to get better value under
this expanded authority, potentially saving money, and preserve GI Bill
benefits if they have been constrained by previous limits.
b. This change affords Sailors and Marines more control and flexibility
in their pursuit of higher education. For example, Service Members can now
choose to pursue more credits on shore duty and fewer while on operational
tours, striking a better work-life balance. This can be further enhanced if
Service Members choose more cost-effective schools.
c. Additionally, all Sailors and Marines are encouraged to take full
advantage of their eligibility to earn college credit through the College
Level Exam Program and Subject Standardized Tests exams offered through the
Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Services, which can further
stretch their TA dollars.
4. This ALNAV will remain in effect until superseded or canceled, whichever
5. Released by the Honorable Kenneth J. Braithwaite, Secretary of the