Military Tuition Assistance (TA)

Grand Canyon University (GCU) follows military policies and processes for the military Tuition Assistance (TA) program for eligible members of the Army, Army Reserves, Army National Guard, Navy, Marines, Air Force Air Force Reserves and Coast Guard. We have specialized military university counselors who can help you determine how to utilize your benefits to take advantage of this special military tuition rate.

For veterans and their spouses, and employees of the DOD, PHS and NOAA, GCU is pleased to offer special scholarships. Work with your military university counselor to learn more about these opportunities.

GCU is a proud participant in the Yellow Ribbon Program.


Learn About Military Tuition Assistance

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Not sure how to utilize your military tuition assistance (TA) benefits at GCU? While the process for all branches is similar, you should speak with your local Education Office to ensure you are eligible.

For general information regarding TA policies, please click on your military branch.

  • Learn more: afvec.langley.af.mil/afvec/Home.aspx
  • May cover up to $250 per credit hour/up to $4,500 per year
  • Maximum of 18 credits per year
  • Maximum of 124 credit hours to complete one undergraduate program and 42 credit hours to complete one graduate program (some restrictions may apply)

If you have not used Air Force Tuition Assistance, please contact your Education Office on base. Your military university counselor will then provide you with the dates and the course names to register for. When you receive your TA voucher, send it to your military university counselor.

  • Learn more: goarmyed.com
  • May cover up to $250 per credit hour/up to $4,000 per year
  • Maximum of 16 credits per year
  • Maximum of 130 credit hours to complete one undergraduate program and 39 credit hours to complete one graduate program (some restrictions may apply)
  • One certificate program may be approved

Contact your Education Office if you have not used Army TA before. You will receive dates and courses to register for from your military university counselor. Once you register your course for TA, notify your military university counselor.

  • Learn more: aiportal.acc.af.mil/mycaa
  • May cover up to $2,000 per year/up to $4,000 total
  • Spouses of Active Duty or activated National Guard Reserve members (pay grades E1-E5, W1-W2 and O1-O2) may qualify
  • Must be seeking an associate degree, certificate or licensure
  • MyCAA does not cover any course fees, books, etc.

If you have not used MyCAA before, contact a MyCAA counselor. Your military university counselor will provide you with the dates, course name, course number and cost per credit hour for your funding request. Once your funding request is approved, send your voucher to your military university counselor.

  • Learn more: forcecom.uscg.mil/Our-Organization/FORCECOM-UNITS/ETQC/Voluntary-Education/Education-Service-Officers/
  • May cover up to $250 per credit hour/up to $2,250 per year
  • TA is available for undergraduate and graduate courses (master's degree only)

If this is your first time using Coast Guard Tuition Assistance, please reach out to your local Education Office. Your military university counselor will provide you with dates and the course names. Send your TA voucher to your military university counselor once you receive it.

  • Learn more: marforres.marines.mil/General-Special-Staff/Marine-Corps-Community-Services/Marine-Family-Services/Voluntary-Education-Program/Tuition-Assistance/
  • May cover up to $250 per credit hour/up to $4,500 per year
  • Maximum of 18 credits per year

Get in touch with your local Education Office if you have not used Marine Corps TA before. Your military university counselor will provide you with dates and course names. Please send your TA voucher to your military university counselor when you receive it.

  • Learn more: navycollege.navy.mil/tuition-assistance/index.htm
  • May cover up to $250 per credit hour/up to $4,000 per year
  • Maximum of 16 credits per year

If you have not used Navy Tuition Assistance before, you should contact your Education Office. Then, your military university counselor will provide you with dates and course names. When you receive your Navy TA voucher, send it to your military university counselor.

  • Must be an employee of the U.S. Department of Defense
  • May cover up to $250 per credit hour/up to $4,500 per year
  • Maximum of 18 credits per year
  • Army civilians may submit their DoD TA through the GoArmyEd Portal at goarmyed.com or directly to the Office of Military Affairs.

If you have not used DoD TA, contact your local Human Resources Office or office supervisor. Your military university counselor will provide you with course names and dates. When you receive your TA voucher, send it to your military university counselor or notify your counselor once your course has been registered in GoArmyEd.


How Does Tuition Assistance Work?

Your military university counselor is a great resource to help provide you with information about degree programs, the admissions process, applying to GCU, TA for military, and more.

For a general overview of what steps you will need to take, we have created this step guide:

  • Work with your military university counselor to determine your benefits, gather transcripts and apply for admission to GCU. 
  • Ensure that you are eligible to use military tuition assistance benefits at GCU.
  • Have the receipt of TA approval turned in to GCU.
  • Complete the enrollment process with your military university counselor and determine if any of your military experience or credits will transfer to GCU.
  • A few weeks before classes start, submit your TA through your branch of the military. 
  • Start classes. Utilize all of the services available to you at GCU, including free tutoring, library and librarians, the Veterans Center, Career Services and more.
  • Start the path to earning your degree by passing your classes.
  • Graduate from GCU, ready to take the next step in your career.

FAQs for Military Tuition Assistance

Does Air Force Pay for College?

The Air Force does participate in the military tuition assistance programs. For more information view the Air Force/Air Force Reserves tab above or contact your military counselor for specific information.

Does Army Pay for College?

Yes, the Army provides TA Assistance for qualifying military members and their families through the GI Bill program. View the Army/Army Reserves/Army National Guard tab above for additional information or contact your military counselor for individualized assistance.

Does National Guard Pay for College?

The National Guard does offer tuition assistance for qualifying members. To discover if you qualify, contact our military counselors who can provide information and assist you with your admissions process.

For more answers to other military FAQs, visit our FAQ page.

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