Authorized TA Expenses and Caps
Active Duty Member
TA Annual Cap
TA has an annual maximum or "cap" of $4,500.
The annual cap falls within each fiscal year (1 October to 30 September).
Once the member uses the maximum allotted amount per year, no waivers will be granted for additional money.
The established TA cap does not mean the Coast Guard guarantees to pay the full amount. Budget constraints may require further TA policy changes.
TA Hourly Caps
For both undergraduate and graduate level courses, the hourly cap is:
$250 per semester hour
$166.67 per quarter hour
Tuition can be paid up to 100% as long as it does not exceed the hourly caps.
High School Completion Programs
Tuition for approved high school completion programs will be fully funded for personnel who have not been awarded a high school or equivalency diploma on a case-by-case basis. Please submit a waiver through the chain-of-command to the CG Institute.
Developmental courses may be authorized if required by the Institution prior to taking a higher-level course.
Many colleges require a developmental course in Math, English and reading if the member has been out of school for several years.
Usually these courses (usually numbered starting with zero "0" as the first digit) are "not transferable".
Authorized fees for TA are laboratory, studio, shop, internet, technology, resource, and library which may be included on a TA request.
These will be covered if the costs are based on specific fees or charges customarily levied by educational Institutions and are directly tied to the course for which the fee is required.
TA will not cover the cost of tools, protective or other equipment, manuals or textbooks, which become the property of the student.
In cases where flat fees are charged, which include non-consumable items, the Institution must furnish an itemized cost breakdown of the total cost of the course. Only that portion of the fee that meets the use and consumable criteria will be eligible for TA.
Below is a list of common fees and whether they are covered by TA.
Internet (for distance learning courses)
Application/Entrance/Enrollment (unless these fees are identified by the school as "fees in lieu of tuition")
Student Activity/Student ID
Equipment, manuals, text books that become the property of the student
Assembled items available commercially; computers, tools, televisions, robots
Flight time; flying lessons; or non-credit aviation classes