MAR 9 2000
(9) a second degree at the same educational level (i.e., if the applicant already has an associates
degree, TA shall not be authorized for another associates). Exceptions shall be authorized
when the second degree is clearly related to the individual's rate and the USCG mission.
(10) courses resulting in continuing education units (CEUs).
(11) applicants who are receiving TA from another military service when assigned to that
installation for duty would not be eligible to receive TA through the Coast Guard s
ACCREDITATION AND SCHOOL SELECTION.
a. Accreditation is a non-governmental process that gives public recognition to institutions
that meet certain published standards of academic and administrative quality. Accreditation
helps assure the public about the quality of the institution. Accrediting agencies are
recognized by the U. S. Department of Education to accredit on-campus and distance
learning programs found at the high school, associate, baccalaureate, masters and doctorate
level. When selecting an academic institution, ensure proper accreditation by referring to
institutions recognized in the United States by either the National, Regional or Professional
Institutional Bodies. If an institution is not accredited by one of these bodies, the course is
not eligible for TA. To confirm accreditation of a college, Education Services Officers
(ESOs) are strongly encouraged to contact either the registrar or dean of admissions at the
b. Courses may be taken in resident at a local college or university or via distance education.
It is preferred that the Continental United States (CONUS) institutions have regional
accreditation for collegiate work as regional accreditation provides for greater
transferability of credits. The majority (over 4,500) of institutions in the United States are
c. Distance education courses will be accredited by the Distance Education and Training
Council (DETC) and listed in The DANTES Catalog of Nationally Accredited Distance
Learning Programs or The DANTES Independent Study Catalog.
d. Vocational/technical courses will be rate-related and approved by the national recognized
e. VOTEC and DETEC courses are not required to lead to a college degree to be eligible for
tuition assistance. Courses accredited by DETEC and listed within the Defense Activity for
Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES) catalogue are the only vocational technical
distance learning courses authorized for tuition assistance.
f. A list of schools used most frequently is distributed annually to command Education
Services Officers (ESO's) by the USCG Institute.
a. TA is intended as an advance to help defray out-of-pocket tuition expenses. Requests for
TA must be submitted and approved before class registration deadline.