Federal Tuition Assistance

Federal Tuition Assistance (TA) 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 $250 per credit hour of the actual cost of tuition (no fees) during the fiscal year (1 Oct – 30 Sept).  TA is authorized for one degree program.  Service members cannot use TA for a 2nd equivalent or lower degree, i.e., no 2nd bachelor’s or master’s degree.  TA is paid directly to the school any time After the Last Day to Drop Course without “W” (100% refund).

Each service has its own criteria for eligibility, obligated service, application process’ and restrictions, please select your branch of service to begin your TA application process.



Prior to enrolling, speak with your military service or Educational Services Officer (ESO) to ensure you make an informed decision.

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Effective July 7, 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: “C” or higher for UG courses, a “B” or higher for GR 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 will be funded.
  • TA must be requested PRIOR to the start date of the course.
    • Air Force Students: TA requests must be submitted 7 DAYS prior to the term start date.
    • Army Students: TA requests must be submitted ONE DAY before the term start date.
    • Coast Guard, Marines, Navy Students: TA requests must be submitted 14 DAYS prior to the term start date.
  • TA will not be authorized for any course for which a service member receives reimbursement from any other federal source when the payment would constitute a duplication of benefits paid to the school.  Federal student aid loan, grant, and work-study programs will not be considered a duplication of benefit.

Admission and Registration

Service members must first be admitted to NMSU to register for classes.  Apply Online to complete the admissions process.  You may contact Undergraduate Admissions and Orientation at (575) 646-3121 by email admissions@nmsu.edu or Graduate School at (575) 646-5746 by email gradinfo@nmsu.edu  for assistance.

Please be aware of our admission/registration process: (1) Service members must Apply Online to be admitted, (2) login to myNMSU to register for classes, and (3) request Tuition Assistance according to your branch.  Prior to enrolling, speak with your military service or Educational Services Officer (ESO) to ensure you make an informed decision.  New Students be sure to explore Information for New Students and financial assistance through University Financial Aid and Scholarship Services 

NMSU Online Programs

NMSU Online offers 100% online programs and courses.  Active Duty enrolled in NMSU Online Programs may be eligible for the fixed rate $250 per credit hour.  Fixed rate available to Active Duty enrolled in NMSU Online only.  Click here to Apply to NMSU Online (contact online@nmsu.edu or 888.729.6678) and Explore their Online Programs.

MVP Resident Tuition Waiver

On the basis of New Mexico House Bill 427 (2015), military service members of the Armed Forces of the United States (including dependent/spouse of a military service member) that are eligible for Department of Defense Tuition Assistance benefits and/or presently stationed within the exterior boundaries of the State of New Mexico, including Ft. Bliss, are eligible for in-state tuition rates under the federal law.

Students must complete the MVP Resident Tuition Waiver form and submit to MVP: