DoD Tuition Assistance Program
Through the DoD Tuition Assistance (DoD TA) program, the Department of Defense (DoD) offers financial aid to active duty service members and their families participating in voluntary education (VolEd) programs. Only schools that have submitted a Voluntary Education Partnership Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) can participate. Educational institutions must resubmit a signed MOU each time the DoD changes its policies governing TA.
The most recent change to DoD policy requires that public colleges and universities offer in-state tuition rates to active members of the armed forces and their dependents. Moreover, if the student maintains steady enrollment, the school must continue to offer the participant in-state tuition even if he or she moves out of state.
NACUBO Tools & Coverage
- Q&A on DoD's tuition assistance MOU (July 2014)
- Summary of changes to DoD's Tuition Assistance MOU (June 2, 2014)
- Coverage on DoD's extended deadline to sign MOU (July 11, 2014)
- ACE & NACUBO letter on DoD Tuition Assistance MOU changes (September 30, 2013)
- DoD MOU Institution Guide Application & Compliance Tutorial (October 31, 2017)
- FAQ pages on the DoD's MOU website
- Final Rules on DoD's Tuition Assistance Program in the Federal Register (May 15, 2014)
- Change 3, DoD Certification Statement (July 7, 2014)
- DoD MOU Instructions (July 7, 2014)
Director, Student Financial Services and Educational Programs
Vice President, Policy and Research