VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (NNS) -- Sailors who plan to take college courses in December and January using Tuition Assistance (TA) should submit their requests now so they may be reviewed in time for class.
Center for Personal and Professional Development (CPPD) Navy Voluntary Education (VOLED) Program Director Ernest D'Antonio said this is the best time for Sailors to begin the process of requesting TA.
"November is historically a slow month in terms of receiving and processing TA requests," he said. "Sailors who plan and take action now are in the best position for having their requests authorized."
For the last five fiscal years, average TA enrollments in October have been around 15,600. That number drops to 5,500 in November, and then then triples in December to more than 17,000.
The Navy's TA program is funded quarterly. When funding runs out for a given quarter, Sailors must wait until the next quarter before their application can be authorized.
Additionally, applications are funded on a first-come, first-served basis and grouped by the term start date listed on the application, according to D'Antonio.
"We strongly recommend Sailors submit TA applications a minimum of 30 days in advance of the term start date, even if enrollment in the course with the school is still pending," D'Antonio said. "We can modify or cancel the TA voucher after the fact with no harm to the Sailor."
If requests are received on or after the date the term begins, those TA applications are denied. This can put Sailors in a difficult financial situation that could have been easily avoided.
In addition to submitting request on time, Sailors must meet all TA eligibility requirements. These include having current education counseling; a current, approved education/degree plan; current TA policy and procedures training; command approval; and not exceeded their annual TA credit cap.
Sailors can visit the Navy College Program website to get the latest VOLED information such as current policies and procedures, NCO locations and VEC contact information. Recent updates to the website include revised FAQs and an example of a command approval chit for Sailors to use when requesting TA.
For more information, Sailors can contact their servicing NCO or the VEC, or visit the Navy College Program website at https://www.navycollege.navy.mil/.
For more information about the Center for Personal and Professional Development (CPPD), visit: https://www.netc.navy.mil/centers/cppd/.
For more news from the Center for Personal and Professional Development, visit: www.navy.mil/local/voledpao/.
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