George Mason University Office of Military Services

VA Benefits - Tutorial Assistance

Tutorial assistance is available to help you pay for tutoring necessary to advance your education.

Type of Assistance

This is a supplement to your regular education benefit. Tutorial assistance is available if you are receiving VA educational assistance at the half-time or greater rate and have a deficiency in a subject, making tutoring necessary.

Available Benefit and Eligibility

The monthly rate of tutorial assistance may not exceed the cost of tutoring or $100. The maximum amount payable is $1,200.

There is no entitlement charge for the first $600 under the Montgomery GI Bill. There is no entitlement charge under the Port-9/11 GI Bill or DEA.

More Information

You may be eligible for tutorial assistance if you meet certain prerequisites. Check out the requirements before making any financial commitments.

According to VA guidelines, the following documentation will be required in order to certify an application for individualized tutorial assistance, which can only be for a deficiency in a course that is necessary for the completion of an approved degree program.

Ask your instructor to send an email to stating that you are “deficient in the course and that individual tutoring is required to correct the deficiency.” No other wording is acceptable.

Ask a representative from the department (including, but not limited to, a professor, advisor, department chair, etc.) to recommend a tutor. The department representative will need to send an email to identifying the tutor they have recommended, the course name and number, the agreed hourly tutoring fee, and stating that the agreed hourly tutoring fee does not exceed the usual charges for a tutor of that educational level.

Upon receipt and acceptance of the documentation submitted by the department representative, you may submit VA Form 22-1990t.

VA will pay up to $100 per month for tutorial assistance. The VA limit for tutorial assistance is $1,200.

Application Form

Click here to access the application form (PDF).