Military Tuition Assistance



Military tuition assistance (TA) is a benefit paid to eligible members of the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, and Coast Guard.  Congress has given each service the ability to pay up to 100% for the tuition expenses of its members.  Each service has its own criteria for eligibility, obligated service, application process and restrictions.  These funds are generally paid directly to the university by the individual service.  TA is not a loan – it should be viewed as funding that you have earned.


It is recommended that you start this process at least four weeks prior to the beginning of coursework.

  1. Contact your Education Services Officer (ESO) for a briefing on TA.
    1. Fort Indiantown Gap
    2. Department of Defense Voluntary Education Partnership Memorandum of Understanding
  2. Apply for admission to the university and print your degree plan.
  3. Register for courses. All branches require registration prior to approval.
  4. Log into your branch education portal and follow their process for enrolling and requesting TA.

Branch Portals:

Each branch of service has a specific TA process.  Please select your branch portal below for the most up-to-date information.

Air Force (form AF 1227) – Help line: 877-596-5771, option 7

Army (form DA 2171) – Help line: 800-817-9990
Coast Guard (form ETQC 1560) – Help line: 405-954-1360
Marine Corps (form NAVMC 10883)

 National Guard (form Army DA 2171)

Air Force – Help line: 877-596-5771

Army – Help line: 800-817-9990

Navy (form NAVEDTRA 1560/5) – Help line: 877-838-1659


Re-Admission Policy:

PASSHE policy 1983-19-A gives PennWest Edinboro the ability to give a 100% refund for students called to active duty by the Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania or by the President of the United States with present official orders verifying that.  Military withdrawals are not to be considered for annual training or basic training, as those are voluntary.  Any student involved in an active duty “call-up” needs to contact the Office of Records and Registration for reinstatement processing when they learn of their expected release from active duty. 

Return Policy:

If you are using TA to pay for your education and withdraw from a class prior to completing 60 percent of the class, the Department of Defense requires that Edinboro return any unearned TA funds to the department based on how much of the course you completed and that you pay a portion of those returned funds. You may owe a portion of your tuition to Edinboro and a portion to your military branch. If you officially withdraw from the course, the amount of unearned TA funds is calculated from the date you withdrew. Your TA eligibility is determined based on the following formula:

Days Completed Before Withdrawal (Last Participation) / Total Number of Days of the Course= Percent of TA Earned

PennWest Edinboro must return the amount of Tuition Assistance funds for which it is responsible for no later than 45 days after the date of the termination of the date of the student’s withdrawal.

Estimated Cost:


  PA Resident       Non-PA Resident   International
Tuition:  $3858.00      $5787.00     $6559.00
Fees:       $1413.70     $1744.10  $1821.30 
Total:   $5271.70   $7531.10  $8380.30



Fee breakdown




Housing Rates for the Spring 2021 semester:

Cost effective housing (1 bathroom per suite = 1 student)

  • Semi-Suite Double: $3,000
  • Semi-Suite Single: $3,650

Moderately priced housing (2 bathrooms per suite = 2 students)

  • Suite Double: $3,800
  • Suite Single: $4,000

Premium housing: (1 bathroom per suite = 1 student)

  • Single Studio: $4,500


Fall 2021 Housing Rates per semester:

Cost effective housing (traditional & suite-style)

  • Double Room: $3,000
  • Semi-Suite Double: $3,330

Moderately priced housing (suite-style)

  • Semi-Suite Single: $4,100
  • Suite Double: $4,200

Premium housing: (traditional & suite-style)

  • Traditional Private Room: $4,400
  • Suite Single: $4,500
  • Single Studio: $5,000

Suites offer double or single-occupancy student rooms, with two bathrooms, and a common living and snack preparation area.

Semi-Suites offer double or single occupancy student sleeping rooms, and bathrooms.

Contact Us

Veterans Success Center
Crawford Center, Room 208A
200 Glasgow Road
Edinboro, PA 16444
Phone: 814-732-1568

John Christman, Ph.D.
Veterans Success Coordinator
206 Crawford Center
Phone: 814-732-1557