Department of Defense Tuition Assistance is not a loan; it's money you've earned that will cover up to 100 percent of your tuition expenses.
If you're an active service member who meets certain criteria, you might qualify for funds from the:
- Air Force.
- Coast Guard.
Each branch of service sets its own criteria to determine eligibility for the program and has its own application process. Service members are responsible and encouraged to speak with their Education Service Officer (ESO) or Education office for support, prior to enrolling in classes.
Funds are usually paid directly to Mason through the Third-Party Billing Office. If you're approved, you'll need submit documentation through the Financial Guarantee/Authorizations Student Portal prior to the university payment deadline. You'll be assessed a $25 processing fee each semester.