Coast Guard Tuition Assistance reinstates cost-share measures

NORFOLK, Va. – The Coast Guard is reinstating cost-share measures and other budget control initiatives as part of its Tuition Assistance Program in Fiscal Year 2014 after reductions to its training and education budget.

Active Duty Coast Guardsmen are eligible for Tuition Assistance for undergraduate courses only in Fiscal Year 2014.  This will be on a cost-share basis with the Coast Guard funding 75 percent of the tuition cost not to exceed $187.50 per credit hour. The member will be responsible for any tuition above $187.50 per credit hour. The total individual cap for tuition assistance in the fiscal year is $2,250, which extends from Oct. 1, 2013, to Sept. 30, 2014.

“Tuition Assistance is designed to assist Coast Guard personnel in broadening academic or technical background by providing funding for off-duty independent education,” said Buschman. “We have to balance off-duty education with training that specifically prepares the Coast Guard’s workforce to meet frontline mission objectives and further our junior members’ careers.”

The service is focusing limited tuition assistance funds on junior enlisted members, senior enlisted members and prior enlisted officers who may not have completed their undergraduate degree. This change also prioritizes necessary funding to maintain throughput to “A” and “C” schools and complete training, which are a requirement for military readiness and personnel advancement.

Tuition assistance benefits will not be extended to civilian employees, Coast Guard Reservists in a drilling status and those active duty Coast Guardsmen pursuing a graduate degree or an additional degree at the same level which they already possess. Additionally, tuition assistance will not be available to active duty members who do not demonstrate satisfactory progress toward watch station qualifications, sufficient proficiency of craft, and good conduct.

“The Coast Guard is committed to supporting its members’ personal and professional educational goals,” said Rear Adm. Scott Buschman, the commanding officer of Coast Guard Force Readiness Command in Norfolk, Va. “Any changes to the Tuition Assistance Program were made in the best interest of our personnel and mission execution within the constraints of an ever tightening budget environment.”

Coast Guardsmen can read more about the change at or view the ALCOAST message at

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