Eligible students serving in the Reserve, National Guard, or on active duty who want to use Tuition Assistance should be aware of the following deadlines for filing their paperwork for TA.

Please note that each branch has different guidelines for application and distribution. The following links are provided as a courtesy reference; eligibility and procedures may change. Check with your unit’s or installation’s Education Services Officer for the most recent guidance on how to file for Tuition Assistance, including availability and eligibility. Federal Tuition Assistance recipients should first contact their respective Education Service Officer (ESO) to seek approval prior to registering for classes.

Keep in mind the length of the application and approval process, especially when applying for benefits for the first time.

Military Tuition Assistance (TA) is available as a financial aid resource for service members who qualify. The TA funds are paid directly to the institution to be applied to the student’s tuition cost. It is considered a first payer before other forms of aid and can be used in addition to financial aid.

If you have a student account- or billing related-question after you have submitted your service-approved TA request, contact Karin Warner in the Office of Student Accounts at 434/395-2068 or warnerkj@longwood.edu.

Virginia National Guard State Tuition AssistanceApplication must be completed by 1 July for the fall semester, 1 November for the spring semester, and 1 April for the summer semester(s). Note that VNAG STAP must be applied for each semester. The site opens for applications around 15 May for the fall semester, 15 September for the spring semester, and 15 February for the summer semester.

Air Force and Air Force Reserve Funding requests must be approved by supervisors via the Air Force Virtual Education Center (AFVEC) between 45 calendar days and seven calendar days prior to the start of the term.

Navy (only available to active duty or reservists on active duty)Applications must be completed in the MyNavy Education portal no later than 14 days prior to the start of the term.

Marines (only available to active duty or reservists on active duty)
Applications must be completed in the MyNavy Education portal no later than 14 days prior to the start of the term

Coast Guard (available to active duty and reservists)
Complete TA applications (degree plan uploaded, command approved) must be received by ETQC no later than 14 days prior to the start of the class.

Policy for Return of Unearned Tuition Assistance

Military Tuition Assistance (TA) is awarded to a student under the assumption that the student will attend school for the entire enrollment period for which the assistance is awarded.  When a student withdraws, the student may no longer be eligible for the full amount of TA funds originally awarded.

To comply with the Department of Defense (DoD) policy, Longwood University will return any unearned TA funds on a proportional basis through at least the 60% portion of the period for which the funds were provided.

In instances when a service member stops attending due to a military service obligation, Longwood University will work with the affected service member to identify solutions that will not result in student debt for the returned portion of TA.