Federal Tuition Assistance is a benefit paid to eligible members of the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines, and Navy. The Department of Defense (DoD) has given each service the ability to pay up to 100% of the actual cost of tuition (no fees) not to exceed $250 per semester hour during the fiscal year (Oct. 1 – Sept. 30). TA will pay for up to 130 semester hours of a bachelor’s degree and up to 39 semester hours of a master’s degree. TA is authorized for one certificate or diploma. Soldiers cannot use TA for a second equivalent or lower degree, i.e., no second bachelor’s or master’s degree. TA cannot be used for first-professional degrees, e.g., PhD, MD, or JD. TA is paid directly to the school by the individual services (GoArmyEd is invoiced on the 16th-Last Day of the Month. All other Services are invoiced after the Last Day to Drop a Class). Please select your branch of service below to begin the process:
Effective September 5, 2014, the DoD implemented the following policy:
- Reimbursement criteria for non-successful course completion. For the purpose of reimbursement, a successful course completion is defined as a grade of “C” or higher for undergraduate courses, a “B” or higher for graduate courses, and a “Pass” for “Pass/Fail” grades.
- No fees, to include supporting instructional fees will be paid using TA. Only the actual cost of tuition not to exceed $250 per semester hour will be funded.
- TA must be requested and approved prior to the start date of the course.
- TA will no longer be authorized for classes for which a member is also receiving benefits under the Montgomery GI Bill Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR/Chapter 1606) or under the Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP/Chapter 1607). Each member should be aware of the limitation on concurrent receipt and choose which benefit he or she would prefer to use (TA or Chapter 1606/1607 VA benefits).
Admission and Registration
Servicemembers must first be admitted to NMSU to register for classes. Apply Online to complete the admissions process. You may contact University Admissions at (575) 646-3121 or firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
Please be aware of our admission/registration process: (1) Servicemembers must apply online to be admitted, (2) login to myNMSU to register for classes, and (3) request Tuition Assistance according to your branch.
Attention Army and National Guard students – If a class you are currently enrolled in at NMSU is not in the GoArmyEd portal, do not register into another section. Instead, contact Military and Veterans Programs at (575) 646-4524 or by email email@example.com. After enrolling in a class, if you need to drop it for any reason, you must process your drop in both GoArmyEd and NMSU systems in accordance with institutional policies and procedures. The refund schedule is dependent on how long it takes the servicemember to drop from the class after the school’s drop date.
Active-duty military personnel (Armed Forces,) stationed in New Mexico or at Fort Bliss, Texas may complete a “Resident Tuition Application for Active Duty Military” waiver to qualify for in-state tuition. Spouses and minor children of active-duty personnel who are stationed in New Mexico and Fort Bliss, Texas who are not otherwise entitled to claim in-state residency, may apply for in-state tuition by submitting a “Resident Tuition Application for Active-Duty Military” waiver to the NMSU Registrar. Applications are available at the NMSU Registrar’s Office or by contacting Military and Veterans Programs. The military waiver form must be submitted to the Office of the Registrar by the census date for reduced tuition.