||What is the
dollar cap for TA?
The dollar cap for tuition assistance is $4,500 per
fiscal year for college courses and $1300 for vocational
soldier on terminal leave enroll in college courses
Enlisted soldiers who are
on terminal leave may enroll in college courses using TA,
provided the classes can be completed prior to the expiration term
of service date. Officers on terminal leave may not enroll in college courses because
they will incur a two-year service obligation for using
two-year service obligation incurred by
Commissioned Officers using TA be waived?
The officer's military branch decides whether or not
to waive the two-year obligation, and can require
officers to serve out the two years in lieu of
reimbursement of TA funds. Officers should contact their
appropriate branches to determine if this obligation
will be waived, and if reimbursement will be allowed.
Once waived, officers must reimburse the unserved
portion of their service obligation to the issuing Army
soldier receive TA for certification programs like the
Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer program?
First, TA must be
approved prior to enrolling in any courses. Second, TA
is authorized for courses offered by post-secondary
institutions accredited by a national or regional
accrediting body recognized by the Pennsylvania
Department of Education. Since Microsoft is not an
accredited post-secondary institution, TA is not
authorized at this time. Visiting the Education Center
and verifying an institution's accreditation status
before signing up for classes can prevent students from
incurring unanticipated financial hardship.
the total yearly amount of $4,500 include use of TA for
credit and non-credit bearing courses?
The combined costs of credit and/or clock hours
earned from vocational/technical courses and/or
undergraduate/graduate level study cannot exceed the
$4,500 yearly limit. Thus, clock hours awarded for completing vocational/technical
courses must first be converted to semester hours by
dividing the number of classroom/clock hours by 15.
the total cost of the course by the number of semester
hours (converted from clock hours in the previous step)
will yield the cost of the course per semester hour.
Thus, to determine the cost per semester hour for an
$800.00 electronics course, which meets for 150 clock
hours, we first divide the number of hours (150) by 15,
which gives us a result of 10 semester hours (SH).
We then calculate the course's cost per semester
hour by dividing its total cost ($800.00) by 10 SH. The
result is $80.00 per semester hour.
the tuition assistance program be supplemented by local
funds to pay out more than $4,500?
Installation commanders may not supplement the
Department of Defense (DoD) standardized TA policy to go
beyond the authorized $4,500 fiscal year amount and/or
the $250.00 per semester hour cap.
TA be used for a course for which a failing grade was
you reimburse the Army the amount of TA paid for the
failed course, then yes, you can receive TA again for
that same course. However,
TA is not authorized for failed courses for which TA has
previously been paid. The policy on failed courses
changed on 1 October 1998, and soldiers must now
reimburse TA paid for all failed courses, except in
extenuating circumstances such as, military TDY,
reassignment, failure due to non-attendance, death of
immediate family member, hospitalization or other dire
||Where can I
find more information about your local TA policy?
Visit our TA/VA
paper work do I need to process TA?
Army active duty personnel who live or work outside the
local commuting area of Carlisle Barracks, and who are
requesting TA by telephone or fax will submit the
following as proof of military status:
to enrolling in any program of study or taking any CLEP
exams, geographically remote students must obtain
telephone counseling and approval from an Education
- The top portion of a current Leave and Earning Statement
- A copy of the most recent assignment orders to one's
current duty station.
- A copy of both the front and back of one's military I.D.
- A soldier's Education Record (DA Form 669); including
any college transcripts, degrees, diplomas, CLEP/DSST
scores, AARTS Transcripts or DD 295s, and any other
academic records pertinent to his or her degree
seeking thus far.
am AGR, what benefits do I have?
personnel are entitled to both Pennsylvania State and
federal tuition assistance funds finance a diploma,
degree or certification in a special area.
Army Reserve personnel with AGR status are
eligible to receive federal tuition assistance and
certain Army Reserve funds.
do I convert my military experience into college
you entered active duty on or after 1 October 1981 you
may request an Army American Council on Education
Registry Transcript or AARTS Transcript by visiting this
In response to your on-line
request, the AARTS system will access its computerized
files, retrieve data and produce a transcript of your
military courses that can be converted to college
on active duty prior to 1 October 1981 must still use
the DD Form 295 for military course conversion to
interested in ROTC's Green to Gold Program. Is
there a web site for further information?
The United States Army
Cadet Command provides current information on the Active
Duty Green to Gold Scholarship Program, http://www.rotc.monroe.army.mil/
want to be a Warrant Officer. What is the required
GT score, and who manages the program?
The Military Personnel Office at: (717) 245-3839 or DSN:
242-3839 manages this program. The minimum required GT score is
||How do I
raise my GT score?
By attending GT Improvement Classes at the Education
Center's Army Learning Center Lab.
Last semester's class of 15 soldiers increased their GT
scores by 28%.
colleges provide college courses on post?
Visit our Local Colleges
stands for the College Level Examination Program, which
is managed by DANTES (Defense Activity for
Non-Traditional Educational Support).
The content of the general and subject
examinations, which are available in 25 subject areas in
CLEP, and 137 tests in DSST, are similar to that of
end-of-course exams for equivalent college and
College Examinations are developed by Excelsior College
and used extensively by colleges and universities in the
United States. The Excelsior Home Page provides information on the program: http://www.excelsior.edu
the American Council on Education (ACE) recommends six
credits for each of the General Exams, and three credits
for most of the Subject Exams and DSST's (DANTES
Subject Standardized Tests), a student's educational
institution decides whether to accept full, partial, or
no credit. For
example, ACE may award up to six credits for a CLEP
General English Composition test, but the college or
university that the student is currently attending may
accept only three of the six credits awarded by ACE.
tests, including: ACT, SAT I, GEDTS, Praxis Series
tests, GRE Subject tests, and ASE certification tests,
are available to active duty military, National Guard,
and Reservists only.
do I sign up for a CLEP test?
approval to take a CLEP General, Subject, or DSST exam,
you may call the Education Center and speak with the
Education Counselor at DSN: 242-3943 or (717)245-3943.
you have any study material?
We provide study guides for each CLEP General and
Subject exam and for each DSST and Excelsior College
(formerly Regent's College) exams.
someone in your office proctor my exams for my distance
The Test Control Officer or Test Examiner can
proctor college, certification, or vocational
stands for "Service member Opportunity Colleges
Army Degrees." It consists of a select group of
more than 100 of the 1,300 SOC colleges. These
institutions evaluate your past learning experiences
(college courses, tests, MOS's, Army schools, and other
training you have experienced) and provides you with a
SOCAD Student Agreement that lists credits awarded thus
far, and those still needed for degree completion. If
because of relocation you must complete your degree with
courses from other colleges, acceptance of transfer
credit from SOCAD colleges is guaranteed without
do I begin a SOCAD degree?
the Education Center Counselor.
He or she will help you with a program
selection, advise you about tuition assistance,
and refer you to a SOCAD college. After you have earned six semester hours, the college will
evaluate your learning experiences and provide you
with a degree plan called a "SOCAD Student
is the SOCAD Student Agreement important?
agreement gives you a one-time evaluation of everything
you have done thus far, and can be credited towards your
college degree. It also lists what you must still take in order to graduate.
A SOCAD agreement insures that you will not have to be
re-evaluated each time you go to another post or
you have completed residency, or 25 percent of the
program, with the SOCAD college, future courses at other
colleges can count towards completing your original
degree plan. You should store your SOCAD agreement in a
safe, accessible location, and always refer to it prior
to registering for classes each semester; this is to
avoid taking or repeating any unnecessary courses.
is distance learning and how can it help me?
defined, distance learning is the delivery of
educational programs to students who are off-site.
In distance learning courses, the instructor is
not in the same place as the students.
The students may be widely separated by geography
and time, and the instructor and students communicate
with each other using various means, from U.S. mail to
the Internet. Distance learning courses are categorized according to the
primary technologies they use to deliver instruction:
print based, audio based, video based, and Internet
audio, video, and Internet courses all have
variations-classes take place at specific times only and
classes, which occur at flexible times.
Distance learning courses are advantageous to
students who by the nature of their location or jobs
cannot attend regular classes.
Distance learning programs require the student to
have a certain degree of self-motivation and academic
discipline in order to be successful
I consider a distance learning course?
provides a student with the flexibility to take classes
that meet prerequisites or help to accelerate his or her
degree completion. When TDY or duty requirements would
otherwise interfere with regular class attendance, it
can provide a soldier with an alternative means to
continue his or her degree program to completion. Some
students use distance learning as a means for gaining
personal enrichment and satisfaction, or to prepare for
a second career. Some soldiers even find that they
prefer to learn through independent study.
do counselors know if I "need" a
AEC counselor will suggest students to pursue one
distance learning course to demonstrate their ability to
succeed before taking any additional courses.
Distance learning has many advantages.
However, these types of courses are demanding and
require a motivated and mature student.
much tuition assistance will I receive?
dollar limit is $250.00 per credit hour or $750 per
lab, textbook, and other special fees can be reimbursed. In
an addition, DANTES-reimbursed tuition assistance does
not cover any in-residence portion of a
I pay tuition in advance or can I make installment
is an agreement a student must make with the school. All tuition and other costs must be paid in full before the
school will issue a grade report, and DANTES must
receive the grade report from the school before any
tuition will be reimbursed. Since Education Centers can pay Tuition Assistance directly
to the school, a soldier simply pays the school any
additional fees and costs associated with classes.
student who chooses to pay tuition and apply for TA
reimbursement should be financially able to bear the
full tuition costs, plus other expenses, until DANTES
receives the final grade report and subsequently issues
the student a tuition reimbursement.
are some personal characteristics that may influence a
be successful, a distance-learning student should be a
self-starter, who is emotionally and academically
mature, disciplined, patient and able to work
independently. One should also know his or her strengths
and limitations and have clearly defined goals. Good
reading and writing skills are essential to academic
success and a student contemplating distance learning
should first seek to improve these skills, if they are
not at the needed level.
An academic support system both at home and at
work, plus a list of people to contact when having
difficulty with course content are also indispensable.
Army Personnel Testing program encompasses standardized
tests used to determine eligibility for specialized
training and to support the Army's personnel selection
and classification process.
Tests available at the Army and Education Training
Forces Classification Test (AFCT)
questions regarding the aforementioned tests, please
contact the Army Education Center at: (717) 245-3943 or
Flight Aptitude Selection Test
Defense Language Aptitude Battery (DLAB)
Language Proficiency Test (DLPT)
and Dictation Test