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Military Advantage

Serving those who serve.
For most qualifying students, there will be no out-of-pocket costs for tuition and mandatory fees. A&M-Central Texas will award a Military Advantage to cover a remaining balance of tuition and mandatory fees after applying an amount of tuition assistance that would typically be paid for a course and other non-loan financial assistance.

Serving Active Duty, Guard & Reserves!

Texas A&M University-Central Texas is committed to serving those who serve in the U.S. Armed Forces. In an effort to support the educational goals of those in uniform, A&M-Central Texas' Military Advantage program provides supplemental financial resources to qualifying service members to reduce or eliminate out-of-pocket expenses for tuition and mandatory fees.

What Does That Mean For You?

For most qualifying service members using tuition assistance, there will be no out-of-pocket costs for tuition and mandatory fees.

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Contact Office of Student Financial Aid
For questions about your financial eligibility.

Contact Military & Veteran Services Center
For questions about, and verification of, your military status.

How Do I Qualify?

To be eligible, you must:
  1. Be active duty, National Guard (state or federal), or a member of any branch of the military reserves
  2. File a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and complete verification process if selected
  3. Complete residency evaluation process with Undergraduate Admissions or Graduate School
  4. Meet the university's Satisfactory Academic Progress
  5. Be degree-seeking and enrolled in courses applicable to degree

Note: Otherwise eligible individuals are not required to receive tuition assistance (full or partial) to benefit from the program. However, all calculations to determine Military Advantage benefits are based as if the maximum amount of tuition assistance was authorized for a courses or courses.

How Do I Apply?

Submit your request for tuition assistance through the respective branch portal or be approved through a special program, such as Advanced Civil Schooling.

For qualifying students not using tuition assistance, submit documentation verifying your military status to the Military and Veteran Services Center.

Examples of the Military Advantage:

Example 1:
Tuition Assistance Only

Jerry registered for two courses and has a bill of $2000. He receives $1500 ($750/course) in tuition assistance and no other non-loan financial assistance was awarded based on FAFSA. Jerry is eligible for $500 through Military Advantage and has no out-of-pocket expense for tuition and mandatory fees.

Example 2:
Service Member Use of Post 9/11 GI Bill

Sara registered for two courses and has a bill of $2000. Sara uses Post 9/11 GI Bill at the 100% eligibility rate and receives no other non-loan financial assistance based on FAFSA. Sara does not receive Military Advantage funds, since her Post 9/11 GI Bill paid all charges.

Example 3:
No Tuition Assistance

Ronald has exhausted (or chose not to request) tuition assistance, but is registered for two courses. His bill is $2000. Ronald verifies his military status with the university and receives no other non-loan financial assistance based on FAFSA. Since maximum tuition assistance would have been $1500 ($750/course), Ronald will receive $500 from Military Advantage, but will be responsible for the $1500 remaining balance.

Example 4:
Tuition Assistance with Non-Loan Financial Assistance

Alicia registered for two courses and has a bill of $2000. She receives $1000 in tuition assistance and a $1000 grant based on her FAFSA. Alicia would not receive Military Advantage funds, but also has no out-of-pocket expense for tuition and mandatory fees.


Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to use DOD tuition assistance to be eligible for the Military Advantage program?
Can I use federal veteran education benefits and be eligible under the Military Advantage program?
How are benefits received impacted by drops and withdrawals?
How will the Military Advantage assist me if I am authorized only partial DOD tuition assistance?
Will the Military Advantage provide assistance for courses that were previously attempted but not completed or that I failed?
What charges are not covered by the Military Advantage program?
What documentation is acceptable if I am not using tuition assistance?
How do I complete the residency evaluation process?
How do I complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid?
Why do I need to submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid?
What is verification?
Do I need to take action in the tuition assistance portal if I am not using TA?
 
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