MAR 9 2000
period (less than 18 weeks). Courses that are longer than 18 weeks in length such as web-
based, correspondence or other distance education programs, will be reimbursed upon
successful completion by the member. All courses shall be related to Coast Guard missions or
to the individual's career and professional development.
Enlisted members must have 12 months remaining on their active duty contracts or
Selected Reserve obligation upon completion of the course. Members may execute an
extension or reenlistment to meet the minimum service obligation. Members affected by
High Year Tenure (HYT) are exempt from this requirement and will provide
documentation of HYT when submitting TA requests.
Officers must agree not to request release, separation, retirement or termination of
selected reserve status for 12 months after completing a course.
Civilian employees must have at least 12 months of prior, continuous government service
to be eligible for TA and agree to retain employment with the federal government for 12
months after completing the course.
Tuition for approved high school completion programs shall be fully funded for personnel
who have not been awarded a high school or equivalency diploma.
College courses (graduate or undergraduate) shall be paid at 75 percent of the cost of an
institution's tuition for each course. The maximum payable per semester hour is 7.50,
or 5 per quarter hour. The maximum amount payable per individual per year is set
annually by Commandant (G-WT) for active duty personnel, civilian employees and
reserve personnel (reservists who are on extended active duty shall be eligible for the
active duty cap if one year of obligated service remains on their contract upon completion
of the course).
Vocational Technical programs are terminal degrees or certificate programs that prepare
individuals for specific occupational specialties. Credits earned through vocational
technical programs will generally not transfer to collegiate degree programs. Courses
measured in semester hours or quarter hours are subject to the same cap as collegiate
courses. Some vocational technical courses are measured in clock hours. The maximum
TA payable per clock hour is currently .50. This correlates to the semester hour cap in
Direct expenses for instruction such as laboratory, studio, shop fees and supplies may be
included in the computation of education expenses covered by the 75 percent limitation
for off-duty education provided these costs are based on specific fees or charges
customarily levied by educational institutions and directly tied to the course for which the
fee is required. Reimbursement of expenses authorized by this subparagraph is intended to
cover costs incurred for use of equipment and for consumable supplies, which will be
expended over the duration of the course. It shall not cover the cost of tools, protective or
other equipment, manuals, or textbooks that become the property of the student. In cases
where flat fees are charged which include nonconsumable items, the institution must
furnish an internal cost breakdown of the total cost of the course. Only that portion of the
fee that meets the use and consumable criteria will beeligible for TA reimbursement.