This benefit is available to active drilling members of the Texas Army National Guard (TXARNG), Texas Air National Guard (TXANG) and Texas State Guard (TXSG) who have completed Basic Training (or its equivalent) and are enrolled in a nationally or regionally accredited Texas college or university and pursuing an academic certification, the first undergraduate or their first graduate degree. Second or lateral degrees are not eligible.
There are 3 basic categories of eligibility that an applicant must pass in order to be approved to receive a State TA tuition award: 1) Military Service, 2) Scholastic and 3) Financial
Award Funding Limitations and the “High Need Exemption”
State TA funds from 3 to 12 credit hours of tuition and mandatory fees per academic semester during Fall and Spring semesters only. The current budget level of this program paired with recent levels of participant demand does not allow awarding full 12 credit awards to all eligible applicants.
In addition to the financial criteria described in the “How Do I Qualify” section of this site, award amounts are based on: 1) available funding, 2) the number of eligible applicants for that semester and 3) the successful completion of courses.
The State TA Program will reimburse Service Members with out-of-pocket expenses for tuition and mandatory fees. Students are responsible to the school for all charges at the beginning of the semester. If all steps are followed, after the semester is over an award payment is sent to the school. The school will either apply the funds to new charges or refund the amount to the student.
Figure 1 shows a simplified model of the State TA process. Status updates are sent to all applicants throughout the semester. At a minimum, the completion of each of the 5 steps in this model will be announced to the applicant in a status update email.
The general process is detailed a little more fully below. More specific steps required to apply for this benefit can be found in the “How To Apply” section.
|Begin Accepting Applications
||15 July 2017
||15 Dec 2017
|1) Primary Application Deadline
||13 Aug 2017
||14 Jan 2018
| Extended Application Deadline
||03 Sept 2017
||04 Feb 2018
|2) Supporting Documents Deadline
||24 Sept 2017
||25 Feb 2018
|3) Official Transcript Deadline
||14 Jan 2018
||10 Jun 2018
Additional Information On Deadlines
<<Click here>> for the Fall 17/Spring 18 Application Form
See “Deadlines” section for current deadlines of all required submissions
Application Instructions: State TA for Fall and Spring can now be requested using one application form.
1. Complete this fillable PDF form:
2. Sign the form.
3. Save the completed form.
4. Attach the saved file in an email to email@example.com.
5. Submit Additional Documents AFTER the add/drop period has passed.
6. Submit an Official Transcript AFTER the end of each semester.
Click the link below for more details on the application instructions.
- STATE TA awards are based on: 1. available funding, 2. number of eligible applicants and 3. successful course completion. Since any one of these factors can change from one semester to the next, an award amount received one semester may not be the same as one received another semester even for the same person.
- Applicants will receive multiple email status updates throughout the semester. If you are not receiving status updates, contact the Education Office to ensure that your application was received and is being processed. See the section on “How It Works” for a list of expected status updates.
- The tuition award will only reimburse classes that are successfully completed. Classes that are withdrawn, incomplete or failed will not be reimbursed. Official transcripts are required to confirm grades.
- This program does not pay until after the end of the academic semester. Therefore, it is the applicant’s responsibility to request an alternate payment option, such as an emergency tuition loan or an installment payment plan, if unable to fund the full tuition balance at the beginning of the semester.
- Classes may be dropped if a balance remains unpaid and/or no payment arrangement is made with the school at the beginning of the semester.
- Schedule changes should be reported by submitting an updated course schedule and fee statement to the Education Office.
- The State TA award will be issued at the completion of the academic semester and only after an official transcript is received in the Education Office.
- By Texas State law, this program is only authorized to issue payments directly to a college or university in Texas. We cannot issue payments to out of state institutions or to individual persons.
- Payments are sent as a bulk payment that includes all awards for all award recipients at a given school. Schools may take 7-10 days from the date the payment is scheduled to process the payment. It may take additional time for the school to update the student’s account.
- If the STATE TA payment creates an overpayment on the student’s account, then the school may issue a refund of the overpayment amount. The school may offer other options to handle the overpayment.
The last step to complete a Tuition Assistance request is to send in your official transcript to show you passed your classes. Only OFFICIAL transcripts will be accepted. Unofficial versions or screen shots of your grades will NOT be accepted.
PLEASE NOTE: Send in your official transcript AFTER your grades have posted. If you send in your transcript without the grades showing, you will have to order another transcript.
The short version of instructions to send your transcript is to order an electronic PDF version from your school. If you are a student at Texas A&M University College Station or Galveston campus only, click on the link below for more information on steps you need to take when sending your transcript. "Do NOT follow the steps in the next paragraph. Click on the More Information link below and in the detailed instructions, read the information under Option #1, A."
For students of all other schools, login to the transcript ordering site for your school.
On the transcript order screen, search the list of recipients to find "Texas Military Department, Tuition Assistance". Select that option as the recipient and complete the ordering process. If you are unable to find this listing, enter our email address as the recipient: "firstname.lastname@example.org". If your school does not offer electronic transcripts, order a paper copy for yourself. Once you have it, scan it and send a copy to our office.
Once we receive your transcripts, we will send out confirmations AFTER your grades have been logged into our system. At certain points it may take a few days from receiving the transcript to update the grades. Please be patient, but if a week passes or the deadline approaches with no confirmation from our office please send an email to confirm if we received your transcript.
Click on the link below to see a more detailed explanation of the suggested steps to send in your official transcript.