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Tuition Assistance


Tuition Assistance for Those Currently Serving


Each branch of the military may have different requirements to receive Tuition Assistance (TA).

Learn more about the requirements for your branch below. 

Active Duty Army Tuition Assistance


The Tuition Assistance (TA) Program provides financial assistance for voluntary off-duty civilian education programs in support of a Soldier's professional and personal self-development goals. Tuition Assistance funding is capped at $4000 per year or 16 semester credit hours. Tuition Assistance only covers the tuition portion of your bill, and it does not cover any associated fees or textbooks for the class(es).

Army TA Basics

Funding and Approval

Tuition Assistance Requests (TARS) may be submitted 60 days prior to start of class and must be approved no later than 7 days prior to the start date. Your TA request must match the start and end dates per each class--information found on your Detailed Student Schedule in the portal under the Student Tab. TARS will only be approved for classes that apply toward the declared program/major with the school. Requesting TA does not enroll you in a PPSC class, it only secures funding. TA funded classes that do not receive a grade of "C" or higher are subject to recoupment by the Army. This includes withdrawing from the class. If military duty prevents you from completing the course satisfactorily contact the MVP office at Fort Carson.

Who can help?

The PPSC Military and Veterans Programs office is the Fort Carson Education Center is here to help. You can drop in anytime during our business hours & staff will be available to assist you in selecting a degree program, apply, complete placement testing or review prior college transcripts for placement exemption and help you get registered for classes. This team also assists with your tuition assistance. Contact information: 719-502-4200 during business hours Monday-Thursday 0800-1700 and remote support (phone and email mvp@pikespeak.edu) 0900-1700 on Fridays. Fort Carson Army Education Center, Bldg. 1117, reception desk or call 719-526-2124 for ArmyIgnitED specific issues.


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How to Use your Army TA Benefits

  • Complete a PPSC Application.  Make sure you answer yes to being Active Duty, so you are charged the correct tuition rate.
  • Complete a College Opportunity Fund (COF) application. If you don’t submit the application, you will pay more money out of pocket.
  • Log into your student portal and select COF under STUDENT TOOLS.  Then select the term you are enrolled in. We recommend you select "I choose to Authorize Lifetime use of my COF Stipend, until I revoke this authorization by selecting another option."
  • First Time Students--attend a Mandatory Orientation for PPSC.
  • Complete the Accuplacer test (in person Fort Carson office walk-in Monday --Thursday 0830-1430, online EdReady test, or submit prior college transcripts showing college level ENG and/or Math for placement exception emailed to mvp@pikespeak.edu subject line Army placement exemption. TA will not fund developmental/co-requisite classes without a test score to demonstrate need.
  • Register for classes through your student portal through Navigate on your Dashboard or Add/Drop classes on your "Student" tab.
  • Print or screen shot your “Detailed Student Schedule” (located in your student portal, Student Tab, Registration Tools, Detailed Schedule with drop dates).

You may be eligible for PELL Grant to help pay for books and fees. Free FAFSA assistance for soldiers and their families is available through the TRIO EOC office in the Fort Carson Education Center, Bldg. 1117, room 108. 

Contact Robin Young at 719-526-6819 / robin.young@csupueblo.edu for more information or to schedule an appointment.

What you need: Your CAC card, Your PPSC Student ID # (ex. S01234567) and The Degree or Program you selected at PPSC.

Account Activation:

Setting up your Educational Goal (*unless you are taking classes for AMED programs):

  • Click on "Educational Goal"
  • Select your goal type. PPSC students will select Associates Degree unless enrolled in a PPSC Bachelor's Program.
  • Select Pikes Peak State College.
  • Select a Degree Program. This should match what you selected on your PPSC application.
  • Check the box that says "No Degree Plan File" and Next (you will upload an Evaluated Degree plan later)
  • Select Semester Hours and Next
  • Review and Submit. Once approved or disapproved, you will receive a message in your student message section of this portal.  Contact the Education Center at 719-526-2124 if you have questions.

  • You must complete the Virtual Briefing and accept the TA user agreement annually. This briefing covers TA regulations and should be read carefully.
  • Face to Face TA Briefings and open lab hours to assist with ArmyIgnitED are offered by the Fort Carson Education Center. Call 719-526-2124 for details.

  • You will need your Detailed Student Schedule with start and end dates (print out or screen shot).
  • From your dashboard select "Apply for Funding".
  • Verify contact information and update as needed.
  • Read the User Agreement and select "I Agree” Continue
  • Confirm that Pikes Peak State College is showing and Main Campus is displayed (you do not need to change if taking classes on other campuses)
  • Enter your Student Number (S#) and then Next.
  • Look at your class schedule and identify the start and end dates Select the matching term by dates and Next.
  • Select your course by subject and course number (i.e. ENG 1021).  You can search by subject.  PPSC has all courses loaded--do not manually add a class.  Call 719-502-4200 if you cannot find your class.
  • Verify: Code = ENG 1021 (ex), Title - English Composition I, Level - Undergraduate, Location = either DL/Online or Campus, Credit Hours - (see your schedule) and Credit Type = SH.
  • Cost per class--Resident rate with COF either campus or DL/Online Active Duty Military (CCC online and PPCC online charge the same).
  • You will see a confirmation page "Tuition Assistance Request Application: Application Submitted.  Print a copy for your own record.  Your Army Education Counselors can assist if an approved TAR needs to be edited (section cancelled so you enroll in a new part of term, etc.).
  • Do not submit multiple classes on the same TAR.  Repeat steps above for each class.
  • Tuition Assistance will be posted to your student account after the drop date for each course. 

*Army AMED Programs: If you are enrolling to PPSC to complete prerequisite coursework for Army medical programs such as their RN, IPAP, etc.  Select an Associate of General Studies degree when applying to ensure all coursework is eligible for TA and other potential grants and scholarships (Classes must satisfy a degree area requirement).  You will work with an Army Counselor to manually create an Evaluated Degree Plan under Special Programs in ArmyIgnitED.  Contact the Fort Carson Education Center at 719-526-2124.

  • Log into your student portal and select DegreeCheck.
  • Open Degree Check and select print.  Print to .pdf and save file.
  • Log into your ArmyIgnitED account, click on the message icon (envelope) and attach your Evaluated Degree Plan. It will route to the Army Education Counselors for approval and uploading. 

  • PPSC will order official copies of your JST transcripts once you are enrolled in two classes, after the drop date.
  • Student ordered JSTs are not evaluated.
  • PPSC does not evaluate and award PLA college credit to non-students. 
  • ACE recommended credits that equal a class required to complete your degree will be brought in as Military Prior Learning credits prior to the end date of your classes.
  • An Associate of General Studies has 30 open electives that can be satisfied by Military PLA.  Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees rarely receive credit from JSTs as training an MOS skills are usually career and technical rather than academic. 
  • Questions regarding Active Duty JSTs?   Email mvp@pikespeak.edu or call our Fort Carson office at 719-502-4200.


Active Duty Air Force/Space Force Tuition Assistance


Review the PPSC Getting Started Guide for steps on becoming a student using Tuition Assistance (TA).  

The Department of Defense requires all active duty Air Force/Space Force personnel TA to receive approval from the Education Service Officer prior to enrolling in college classes. 

Air Force/Space Force Education Centers:


301 W. Steward Ave. 
Building 1141
Colorado Springs,  CO 80914
Phone: 719-556-4996
Email: 21FSS.FSDE@us.af.mil

210 Falcon Pkwy. 
Colorado Springs, CO 80912
Phone: 719-567-2043
Email: 50FSS.FSD.EDOffice@us.af.mil

5136 Eagle Dr. 
USAF Academy, CO 80840
Phone: 719-333-3298
Email: 10FSS.FSDE@us.af.mil

If you need to apply, complete a PPSC application

  • Make sure you answer "yes" to being Active-Duty on your application to ensure you are shared the lower online tuition rate capped at $250 (for Active-Duty) per credit hour and receive the in-state tuition rates for Active-Duty.
  • Also, authorize the creation of a College Opportunity Fund (COF) account in your PPSC application process.  
    • COF is a trust fund created by the State of Colorado Legislature that provides a tuition stipend to eligible undergraduate students. 
    • This stipend lowers your in-state tuition down to the amount TA pays for. 

If you did not authorized the COF during your PPSC application process, create a COF account by completing the COF application through the COF webpage.

  • Failure to submit a COF application will increase the amount that you pay out of pocket in addition to fees.
  • COF has a lifetime stipend of 145 credit hours.

Register for classes through your PPSC Student Portal using Navigate.

Log into the Air Force Virtual Education Center (AFVEC) to select your classes and enter the TA request information.

Submit for approval no sooner than 45 days and no later than seven (7) days prior to the start of the class term. Your TA request will digitally route to PPSC Financial Services after approval.

An EDP is required for approval of Air Force and Space Force tuition assistance (TA) use upon the completion of six (6) credit hours earned at PPSC.  Your EDP is a personalized plan which lists the credit hours required for your declared degree program, including transfer credits and eligible credits from your Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) Web Progress Report.  Learn more about  how to submit your Air Force and Space Force EDP

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Coast Guard, Navy, Marines, and National Guard TA


If you are an active duty service member in the Coast Guard, Navy, Marines, or National Guard, please reach out to the Military and Veterans Programs (MVP) Office for personalized guidance on using your TA benefits. Email us at mvp@pikespeak.edu or call us at 719-502-4100. 

Learn more about TA for these branches from the official branch websites below to get started.



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