USS DONALD COOK


Education

Goals and Objectives

The Navy College Office, (NCO) Naval Station Norfolk, Norfolk, VA provides a wide range of educational programs and services. To enhance educational achievement among Sailors, the NCO offers programs to meet all needs from basic academic skills to postgraduate programs. This cross-section of opportunity reflects the goal of the education system to give all personnel the opportunity to recognize and achieve their highest potential and maintain readiness.

The following goals are established as significant achievements for active duty personnel:

  1. A high school diploma or equivalent for all personnel.
  2. An associates degree for enlisted personnel.
  3. A bachelor's degree for officers.
  4. A graduate degree for those who so desire.

Navy College Office, Bldg. I-E, 1680 Gilbert Street
(directly across the street from TPU), 757- 444-7453/54

Navy College Site

Tuition

The Navy Tuition Assistance program pays 100% of tuition and required fees charged by educational institutions for course enrollments.

Payment:

The maximum amount paid for tuition assistance: 100% Tuition and Fees

Not to exceed:

  • $250 @ Semester Credit Hour, or
  • $166 @ Quarter Credit Hour, and
  • 16 Semester Hours (24 Quarter Hours)@ Fiscal Year

Application Process

  • Receive educational counseling from your Navy College Office in person, by phone or email. Determine which courses will be requested for TA funding.
  • Complete a TA Application form (NETPDC 1560/03) listing course(s) and fee(s). Receive command approval signature to enroll in the course(s).

The Fine Print

  • TA funds will not be used to purchase books.
  • TA is authorized for courses leading to a lateral or lower level degree than you already possess (i.e. Second Associate or Bachelors degree).
  • TA is available to both Naval Officer and Enlisted active duty personnel.
  • TA is available to Naval Reservists on continuous active duty. It is also available to enlisted Naval Reservists ordered to active duty 120 days and to Naval Reservist Officers ordered to active duty for 2 years or more.
  • To qualify, service members must be on active duty for the whole length of the course.
  • Attend an institution accredited by a regional, national, or professional accrediting agency recognized by the Department of Education.
  • You must receive counseling from a Navy College Office.
  • Provide all grades from previously funded TA courses and reimburse all W and F grades. (Withdrawals for involuntary reasons may be forgiven with command verification.)
  • Officers must agree to remain on active duty for at least two years upon completion of courses funded by TA.

Additional Information

  • Distance learning courses longer than 24 weeks will be funded up front.
  • Fees directly required for course enrollment may be combined with tuition. Navy will pay fees that are published, mandatory, and charged for course enrollment. Examples of fees that may be combined with tuition and included in the fee caps are:
  • Mandatory application or enrollment fee
  • Mandatory surcharge or consolidated fee
  • Computer usage fee for computer courses
  • Consumable supply fee
  • Distance Learning (DL) fee for DL course
  • Equipment use fee
  • Internet fee for DL course
  • Lab fees such as: science, aviation, computer, network user, studio & shop fees
  • P.E. fee for P.E. course
  • Science or health science fee
  • TA cannot be used to pay for flight training.
  • TA cannot be used by Naval Reservists if not on continuous active duty, by enlisted Naval Reservists if ordered to active duty less than 120 days, or by Naval Reservist Officers if ordered to active duty for less than 2 years.
  • TA cannot be used by those in a duty-under-instruction status or in an officer accession program involving full time instruction at a civilian institution.
  • TA will only be approved for courses scheduled for one academic term at a time.
  • TA will not be authorized for the same course previously funded by TA.
  • Up-front TA funding is not provided for courses if the institution's drop-add period or late registration date has passed.

Reimbursement of TA funds is required for all failing (F) grades, incomplete (I) grades in effect longer than six months, and voluntary withdrawal (W) grades. Reimbursement by money order or cashier's check payable to U.S. TREASURER must be mailed to:

COMMANDING OFFICER
NETPDTC TA ACCOUNTING N8115
6490 SAUFLEY FIELD ROAD
PENSACOLA, FL 32509-5241

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