Services for military personnel and their families
- Advisors and staff dedicated to meet the educational needs of active duty military and their families.
- Flexible and accessible programs and services that align with military advancement goals and scheduling needs.
- Services available at Naval Base Kitsap Bangor and Bremerton at scheduled times.
- Military Education Support
- Tuition assistance
- Funding opportunities
- Navy College Program Distance Learning Partnership
- Soc Agreements
- Veteran and Military Support Center
Tuition Assistance (TA)
Tuition Assistance (TA) is the Navy's educational financial assistance program. It provides active duty Sailors funding for tuition costs for courses taken in an off-duty status at a college, university, or vocational/technical institution, whose regional or national accreditation is recognized by the US Department of Education.
Navy TA pays for both classroom and independent study/distance learning courses. Associate, bachelor's, and master's-level courses must be offered in semester hours or quarter hours (NAVADMIN 105/10). Certificate programs must be offered in clock hours and be approved by the Department of Veterans Affairs, (NAVADMIN305/12). Credit earned must be documented on the institution's transcript.
Tuition Assistance Steps
Obtaining Tuition Assistance (TA) is one part of the Voluntary Education process. The following steps focus on how to receive approval of your TA application. These steps should be completed in order. Note: you must submit required documentation at specific points in the process.
For more information about the entire Voluntary Education process, see The VOLED Process on this site.
Step 1: Inform your Command
Inform your chain of command of your interest to start or continue your education. Many commands require a special request chit to proceed.
Step 2: Complete Required Training
Sailors are required to complete two training topics: the Higher Education Preparation Course and TA Policy and Procedures training.
The Higher Education Preparation Course (HEPUS001) is located on the Joint Knowledge Online (JKO) website and is a once per naval career training requirement for new tuition assistance users.
The TA Policy and Procedures training is required every two years. You must complete this training before being eligible to apply for TA. You can complete it in two ways:
- Complete the training using the My Education Portal. Once completed, the results are recorded immediately in your My Education record. Retain the completion certificate for your records.
- Complete the WebTA TA Policy and Procedures Training . Once finished, print and send the certificate of completion to the Virtual Education Center (VEC) by submitting a support contact . Choose "Submit TA Training Cert" as the category, and attach the scanned certificate. Allow 7-10 business days for your training requirement to be documented in your My Education record.
Step 3: Receive Education Counseling, Establish an Education Plan
Our Military Education Advisor is there to help guide you through the process of selecting a pathway to reach your personal and professional goals. They will help you establish an education plan to advance your personal and professional journey.
Step 4: Submit Education Plan, Review with Advisor
Upload your education/degree plan on the My Education Portal under "My Education Plan." When uploading the file, use the school name for "File Name" and the degree and major for “Description.” Contact the VEC after you upload your education/degree plan for a plan review and record update.
Step 5: Submit WebTA Application at My Education Portal
Once your record has been updated, submit your WebTA application using the My Education portal. You are strongly encouraged to submit your WebTA application at least 30 days in advance of the term start date. Submitting your WebTA application early allows sufficient time to resolve issues and to review and authorize your TA funding in a timely manner. All WebTA applications must be command approved and authorized by the VEC prior to the term start date.
Step 6: Generate Voucher and Send to Institution
After your command approves and the VEC authorizes your WebTA application, a voucher is generated. All generated vouchers can be found under “Existing Applications” in the My Education portal. Print, sign, and forward the authorized/funded TA voucher to OC Cashiers Station for payment.
If you drop, add or change courses, you must let Navy College and your OC Mil Ed advisor know to ensure changes are made in the TA data base.
The My Career Advancement Account (MyCAA) Scholarship Program is a workforce development program that provides up to $4,000 of financial assistance to eligible military spouses who are pursuing a license, certification or Associate’s degree in a portable career field and occupation. More information can be found here!
The My Career Advancement Account Scholarship Fact Sheet explains:
- Who is eligible to participate in the My Career Advancement Account Scholarship program
- What the My Career Advancement Account Scholarship funding does and does not pay for
- How to establish a My Career Advancement Account Scholarship program account
- How to provide feedback to the My Career Advancement Account Scholarship program
- How to get additional information and assistance
Navy College Program Distance Learning Partnership
Associate in Business - This associate degree prepares students to transfer to a four-year institution for their final two years of undergraduate study in a business-related field.
Leadership & Occupational Studies Associate in Applied Science Transfer - This program is designed to prepare students for leadership roles in private and public service environments within a 2 year format. It also prepares students to continue their studies at the bachelor level.
OC Accreditation - Accreditation by the Commission on Colleges of the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges ensures that you get a quality education at Olympic College.
Participation in the NCPDLP does not imply endorsement by the Department of the Navy or the Department of Defense.
Funding for Military Spouses and Family Members
- Sponsored by the Department of Defense
- Provides up to $4,000 for tuition
- Available to spouses of active duty military members (who meet criteria)
Militaryscholar.org - The Defense Commissary Agency's scholarships for military children.
Wings Over America Scholarship Foundation - Awards undergraduate scholarships to spouses and children of the military members.
Military.com Scholarship Search - Search for scholarships and grants specifically for the military community.
Department of Defense Spouses to Teachers Programs - Designed to assist spouses of active duty and reserve military members become public school teachers.
FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) - This form is used to determine the amount of money a family is expected to contribute to the price of attending a postsecondary institution. The results of the FAFSA are used in determining student grants, work study, and loan amounts.
Frequently Asked Questions about Military Ed