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Grand Canyon University has developed a Military specific program to meet the needs of Military Professionals. A Military Enrollment counselor can assist you in utilizing Military Funding options.

 

Tuition Assistance


Military Tuition Assistance is an educational privilege offered to some Active Duty, Reservist, and National Guard potential students. Eligibility can differ depending on branch of service and component the potential student is serving under currently.

  • Army, Marine Corps, Air Force, Navy, and Coast Guard Active Duty members as well as Army Reserve and National Guard personal are all currently eligible for Federal Tuition Assistance unless otherwise deemed unfit by the branch of service 
  • Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard Reserve personal are not authorized tuition assistance 
  • The Fiscal Year for Federal Tuition Assistance runs from October 1st - September 30th 
  • The annual cap for Federal Tuition Assistance is $250 per credit hour / $4500 per fiscal year
  • Military Enrollment Counselors can provide students with a Grand Canyon University Statement of Fees to assist the student and the Education Service Office (ESO) process a Tuition Assistance Request form
  • Military Tuition Assistance request processes differ based on branch of service

 

Army, Army Reserve, and Army National Guard Tuition Assistance Request Process

Army, Army Reserve, and Army National Guard Servicemembers request Tuition Assistance using the GoArmyEd Portal. Some important steps in the process are:

  • Servicemembers must create a user account on the GoArmyEd website to begin the process.
  • Once an account has been created, the servicemember must obtain a copy of the Statement of Understanding (SOU) from the portal and submit to the Education Service Officer (ESO)
    • E-1 to E-6 Servicemembers are required to obtain a signature by the Commanding Officer prior to submitting the SOU to the Portal
    •  E-7 and above servicemembers are not required to have the Commanding Officer signature on the SOU prior to turning in the SOU to the Portal
  • Ensure the home college and degree program is selected correctly on portal
    • Select Grand Canyon University as Home College and selects student Degree program from drop down if list or select "Other" if program is not on the list
    • Approximately 24-48 hours after submitting the SOU, the student's Virtual Education is established on the GoArmyEd Portal
  • Request Tuition Assistance
    • Servicemembers can obtain a GoArmyEd Class # from a Military Enrollment Counselor to assist in requesting Tuition Assistance via the Portal
    • Grand Canyon University usually receives notification of Tuition Assistance approval from the Army within 24-48 hours of the request

 

Air Force Tuition Assistance Request Process

Air Force Service members request Tuition Assistance through the Air Force Virtual Education Center (AFVEC) Online. Some important steps in the process are:

  • Servicemembers must create a user account
    • Personnel must have a Common Access Card (CAC) to register for the AF Portal
    • Self-register for the Air Force Portal account with a valid CAC.
  • A Military Enrollment Counselor will provide student with a Statement of Fees to assist with requesting the correct courses for the chosen degree plan
  • Students receive a copy of an Approved Tuition Assistance Voucher in 24-48 hours after the request
Students must provide a copy of the Tuition assistance voucher to Grand Canyon University Military Enrollment Counselor upon receipt of approval from the Air Force

 

Navy and Coast Guard Tuition Assistance Request Process

Navy / Coast Guard servicemembers request Tuition Assistance through the "My Tuition Assistance (WebTA)"

  • Navy Student contact the Navy College Office to receive counseling to request TA funding / Coast Guard students must request TA at least 14 days prior and no more than 3 months before the start date of the class
  • A Military Enrollment Counselor will provide student with a Statement of Fees to assist with requesting the correct courses for the chosen degree plan
  • Students completes the online TA application via WebTA  (Students may use a CAC Card or NKO User ID and Password for login)
  • Students must print, sign, and fax a copy of the Tuition assistance voucher to Grand Canyon University Military Enrollment Counselor upon receipt of approval from the Navy or Coast Guard.

 

Marine Corps Tuition Assistance Request Process

  • A Military Enrollment Counselor will provide student with a Statement of Fees to assist with requesting the correct courses for the chosen degree plan
  • Student contacts Marine Corps / Navy College Office to receive counseling to request TA funding
  • First-time students must complete TA Orientation Class PRIOR to using TA
  • Students complete Paper Tuition Assistance Application NETPDTC 1560/3 Rev. (09/07) 
  • Application is signed by the CO or By Direction Authority for approval and submitted to ESO
  • Students must print, sign, and fax a copy of the Tuition assistance voucher to Grand Canyon University Military Enrollment Counselor upon receipt of approval from the Marine Corps.

 

 

Military Tuition Assistance TOP-UP Process

Military Tuition Assistance Top-Up is a Veterans Affairs program designed to allow the VA to reimburse military students for all or portion of the tuition charges for a course or courses that are not covered by Military Tuition Assistance. The VA is providing the remainder of any tuition costs not paid by the military to ensure the individual receives full payment / reimbursement for each course taken.

  • To be eligible for Top-Up, the servicemember must be eligible for BOTH GI Bill Benefits and Military Tuition Assistance.
  • Top-Up claims are handled differently by the VA for claims for GI Bill benefits without using Military Tuition Assistance. 

 

VA Benefits Utilized while using Military Tuition Assistance TOP-UP

The U.S. Veterans Affairs department states if students are receiving 100% Tuition Assistance (TA) for a class, they would not be eligible for Top-Up for that class. The VA reviews the dollar amounts on the approved Tuition Assistance voucher to determine the amount paid by the service member. If there is a lab fee or other cost not reported on the TA Form, the VA cannot pay for those fees. The VA can only pay the difference between the total course cost and the cost paid by the military (up to the maximum amount payable to a veteran) as reported on the TA Form.

The GI Bill entitlement is charged differently depending on which GI Bill program the student is utilizing:

  • Chapter 30 MGIB - If the student is utilizing the Montgomery GI Bill, the entitlement is charged based on the dollar amount of benefits VA pays the student. (For example: if the VA reimburses $2946 the student would be charged 2 months' worth of GI Bill benefits - $1473 is the current monthly rate of reimbursement - no matter how long it took GCU to reimburse the student the $2946)
  • Chapter 33 Post 9/11 GI Bill - If student is utilizing the Post-9/11 GI Bill, the entitlement is charged based on the training time the student is enrolled. If the student attends classes at the 1/2 time training level, the student would be charged 1/2 month of Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits for each month he/she is enrolled and receiving GI Bill benefits - (it does not matter how much money the student is reimbursed)

 

Students using Tuition Assistance and Chapter 30 MGIB Benefits

  • Student requests a Military Tuition Assistance Voucher with all eligible costs
  • Student must complete a VA Form 22-1990 if 1st time utilizing VA
    • If previously applied or used benefits, complete a 22-1995 Change of School
    • Ensure to list Grand Canyon University, Correct Degree program, and Start date
  • Student submits to the Top-Up Team at Regional VA office in Muskogee OK
    • Cover Letter should include Students Name and amount of reimbursement
    • TA Voucher (Write Top-Up on the top) and the VA Benefits Form (1st submission of Top-Up payment request only)
    • Fax documents to the following Fax # 918-781-7863
  • VA will reimburse the student the difference of the total eligible costs and what Tuition Assistance paid for the course
  • Grand Canyon University will defer the cost of the course not paid by Tuition Assistance for 65 days if student completes the Tuition Deferral Agreement and provides Credit Card # on file

 

Students using Tuition Assistance and Chapter 33 Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits

  • Student requests a Military Tuition Assistance Voucher with all eligible costs
  • Student must complete a VA Form 22-1990 if first time utilizing VA
    • If previously applied or used benefits, complete a 22-1995 Change of School
    • Ensure to list Grand Canyon University, correct degree program and start date
  • Student submits request to the VA Team at Grand Canyon University
    • Cover letter should include Students Name and amount of reimbursement
    • TA Voucher (write "Top-Up" on the top) and the VA Benefits Form (first submission only)
    • Email these documents directly to your assigned Finance Counselor or Student Services Advisor