Federal Tuition Assistance

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 $250 per semester credit hour of the actual cost of tuition (no fees) during the fiscal year (1 October – 30 September).  TA is authorized for one certificate or diploma.  Service members 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 from the 16th till the end of the Month.  All of the other Services are invoiced after the Last Day to Drop a Class).  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.  PDF form: Federal Tuition Assistance (TA)



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 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 will be funded.
  • TA must be requested PRIOR to the start date of the course. Login to your Service Portal for TA Request Restrictions.
    • 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 in whole or in part from any other Federal source such as veterans’ education benefits (GI Bill and other programs) and Service-funded programs (ROTC scholarship, education-related incentive or bonus, and advanced civil schooling) when the payment would constitute a duplication of benefits paid to that educational institution.  Federal student aid loan, grant, and work-study programs will not be considered a duplication of benefit.  Please contact your VA School Certifying Official for more information on duplication of benefits.

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.  Make sure to speak with your Military Education Center first so that you can make an informed decision.  College is an investment for a lifetime.  New Students be sure to explore our Information for New Students page and your financial assistance opportunities through NMSU’s Financial Aid and Scholarship Services. 

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 the Military and Veterans Programs at (575) 646-4524 or mvp@nmsu.edu.  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.  Please click here for refund schedules.

MVP Waiver

Active-duty military personnel stationed in New Mexico or at Fort Bliss, Texas may complete a Resident Tuition Application for Active Military, Veterans and Dependents of the U.S. Armed Forces” 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 completing the “Resident Tuition Application for Active Military, Veterans and Dependents of the U.S. Armed Forces” form.  The MVP Waiver form must be submitted to the Military and Veterans Programs by the Census Date or the Last Day to Drop a Class.