Tuition Assistance Policies


Federal Tuition Assistance (TA)

The Department of Defense (DoD) has given each service the ability to pay up to $250 per semester credit hour of the actual cost of tuition (no Fees) during the fiscal year ( 1, October-30, September). TA will pay for up to 130 semester hours of a bachelor’s degree and up to 39 semester hours of a master’s degree. TA is authorized for one certificate or diploma. Soldiers cannot use TA for a second equivalent or lower degree, i.e., no second bachelor’s or master’s degree TA cannot be used for professional degrees, e.g., Ph.D., MD, or JD.

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State Tuition Assistance (STA)

The scholarship provides eligible members of the New Mexico National Guard an opportunity to complete a bachelor's degree or below. 

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Tuition Assistance Top-Up 

Using Top-Up benefits may be an option if you plan to use Tuition Assistance (TA) to complete a degree program while on active duty, and don't plan to continue your education after service. Top-Up can also be helpful for just taking a few courses with TA while on active duty; then you can save most of your GI BIll benefits for after service to complete your education program. 

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Attention Army and National Guard students

If a class you are currently enrolled in at NMSU is not in the GoArmyEd portal, do not register into another section. Instead, contact the Military and Veterans Programs at 575.646.4526 or After enrolling in a class, if you need to drop it for any reason, you must process your drop in both ArmyIgnitED and NMSU systems in accordance with institutional policies and procedures. Please see the refund schedules.