Commentary | March 11, 2021

Policy Update: For FY21 Coast Guard Tuition Assistance (TA) has increased 

By Janki Patel, MyCG Writer

Educational benefits jumped from $2,250 to $3,750 annually for active duty and reserve members.  

The Coast Guard Tuition Assistance Program will fund tuition costs not to exceed $250.00 per semester hour ($750 per 3-credit class), $166.67 per quarter hour, or $16.67 per clock hour. 

This increase enables members to take up to an additional two more classes per year, funded by the bump in benefits. 

“We are so pleased to be able to fund this increase in tuition assistance for our Coast Guard members. The service remains committed to investing in our members by continuing to develop their professional and educational growth,”said Dr. Gladys Brignoni, Director of Force Readiness Command and Chief Learning Officer of the Coast Guard. 

Despite the increase in the annual reimbursement cap, lifetime credit hour limits remain the same. Once a student has reached 130 semester hours for undergraduate work or 40 semester hours for graduate work, tuition assistance will no longer be authorized. 

Other Coast Guard sources of funding and reimbursement programs for education expenses can be found on the Education and Training Quota Management Command (ETQC) public-facing website.  

The Coast Guard Foundation Education Grant (CGFEG) is the only grant ETQC administers. Non-Coast Guard (federal and state) sources for need-based or merit-based financial aid can be found at the federal student aid website (including Pell grants, scholarships, and loans). 

Questions? Contact Chief Warrant Officer Anthony D. Nash, ETQC at (757) 756-5338 or email at: ETQC-SMB-TAG@uscg.mil 

Resources

  • FY21 Coast Guard Tuition Assistance (TA) Policy Update ACN 028/21