TUITION ASSISTANCE POLICY UPDATE:
R 211408Z MAY 19
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NARR/REF A IS OPNAVINST 1560.9A, VOLED FOR NAVY SAILORS. REF B IS NETCINST
1560.3, VOLED FOR NAVY SAILORS. REF C IS NAVADMIN 127/18, TUITION ASSISTANCE
RMKS/1. This NAVADMIN announces additional management controls for Tuition
Assistance (TA) and Navy College Program for Afloat College Education
(NCPACE) in references (a) through (c).
2. At mid-year review, FY-19 TA demand was 30% higher than the same point in
FY-18. Lifting the 16 semester hour cap in reference (c), combined with
improved access through virtual service delivery caused an unsustainable TA
spend rate. As a result, we anticipate that TA funding will run out this
month with no additional funding to be made available for the remainder of
FY-19. Sailors currently taking classes or in receipt of a funded TA voucher
are not impacted. Affected Sailors who desire to continue taking courses for
the remainder of FY-19 should contact the Navy College Virtual Education
Center (NCVEC) to discuss other funding options, such as GI Bill,
scholarships or financial aid. Going forward, TA policy will balance
availability of finite resources and ensure continued access to TA and NCPACE
for all eligible Sailors.
3. TA is intended to elevate the academic level of Service Members.
Today, we have some Sailors pursuing multiple degrees and others who take
multiple courses without completing a degree. Use of TA must focus on degree
completion. In addition, we have many very junior Sailors maxing out TA
usage at a time in their Navy career when they should be focused on
warfighting and warfare qualifications. While committed to allowing Sailors
to pursue off-duty education, operational readiness is the top priority. The
Navy is, first and foremost, a warfighting organization. We need qualified
and proficient warfighters.
4. Effective 1 October 2019 the following controls go into effect:
a. All enlisted personnel and officers must have a minimum of two years
of service before becoming eligible to use TA or NCPACE Instructor Led or
Distance Learning (DL) courses. This may not be waived.
b. TA and NCPACE DL funding is capped at twelve semester hours (or
equivalent quarter hours) per fiscal year.
c. TA and NCPACE DL funding is capped at 120 semester hours (or
equivalent quarter hours) in a career. This excludes courses taken to
complete a high school diploma.
5. Commanding officers and officers in charge have the final say in
approving TA and are encouraged to actively manage usage. First assignments
are challenging and rigorous. Commands should establish benchmark
qualifications that first-term Sailors must earn prior to using TA or NCPACE.
These may include, but are not limited to damage control, maintenance,
primary warfare, watch-station or other qualifications depending upon command
mission. Commanding officers and officers in charge should also consider
operational tempo before approving off-duty education.
6. Sailors have several additional personal and professional development
opportunities available to offset this temporary non- availability of TA.
They can be accessed via MyNavy Portal at https://my.navy.mil/quick-
7. For questions regarding eligibility, degree plans or other education
funding options, contact Navy College Virtual Education Center at (877)838-
1659/DSN 492-4684 or via MyNavy Portal at https://my.navy.mil/quick-
8. For questions concerning TA or NCPACE policy, contact Mr. Jim Johnson at
(703)604-5256/DSN 664 or email@example.com.
9. This NAVADMIN will remain in effect until superseded or canceled,
whichever occurs first.
10. Released by Vice Admiral R. P. Burke, N1.//