Federal Tuition Assistance

Normandale Community College has signed the Department of Defense (DOD) Voluntary Education Partnership Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and is approved to process DoD Tuition Assistance (TA) for all of our degree programs.  TA benefits are available to qualifying individuals currently serving in the Armed Forces.  Each service branch has specific TA policies and annual funding limits.  Questions about your own TA eligibility should be directed to your unit or education office.  Some helpful links are below.

Army, Army Reserve, and Army National Guard (ARNG) - Federal Tuition Assistance

  *READ THIS* FTA Updates published June 2018

  *Video Help* How to Use Course Planner in GoArmyEd.com

  *Video Help* How to Enroll in a Course/Request TA

  * Step-by-Step Help* How to Enroll in a Course/Request TA (PDF)

Local Support from: 
Army Reserve Education Center 612-713-8881
Army National Guard Education Center 651-282-4589

Air Force Tuition Assistance Navy Tuition Assistance
Marine Corps Tuition Assistance Coast Guard Tuition Assistance

Return of Tuition Assistance (Unearned TA Policy)

Tuition Assistance (TA) is earned on a proportional basis through the 60 percent period for which the funds were provided. When a student drops or withdraws from a TA-funded course prior to completing 60% of the course, the student may no longer be eligible for the full amount of TA originally allotted.

Servicemembers who need to drop or or withdrawal due to military obligations will work with college personnel to identify a solution that will not result in a student debt for a TA-funded course. 

Return of Unearned TA Funds:

 A course dropped within the established "drop period" will have its tuition reversed.

o   "Drop Period" definitions:

§  For Fall Semester, Spring Semester and the first Summer Session, the drop period is the first five (5) days of the term.

§  For late-starting classes, weekend classes, and other classes that do not meet the full length of the term (including classes that begin after the fifth day of the first summer session), the drop period is through the end of the business day following the official course begin date.

After the established "drop period" in a given term, any TA-funded course which is not completed by the student will be evaluated for Percentage of Course Completion.

Completed Days ÷  Course Calendar Days = Percentage of Course Completion

Non-completion includes a course withdrawal by the student (W grade) or last date of attendance noted by the instructor (FN or FW grade).

  • If the student completed 60% of the course or less, the Percentage of Course Completion multiplied by the initially approved amount of TA determines the amount of Earned TA.  The difference between Approved TA and Earned TA is deemed Unearned TA and is the amount that is returned to the Service. 

Example: TA for a course was initially approved as $500.
The student withdrew after completing 30% of the course, so Earned TA is figured as 30% of $500 [$150] and Unearned TA is calculated as the difference [$500 - $150 = $350].
Therefore $350 [70%] is returned to the Service.

  • If the student completed more the 60% of the course, the full amount of TA is considered Earned TA. No funds are returned to the Service. 

Information the Department of Defense (DoD) Asks Us to Share with Prospective Students

The College Scorecard is a consumer planning tool and resource to assist prospective students and their families as they evaluate options in selecting a school.

The College Navigator is a consumer tool that provides school information about tuition and fees, retention and graduation rates, use of financial aid, student loan default rates, and features a cost calculator and school comparison tool.

The Financial Aid Shopping Sheet is a model financial aid award letter designed to simplify the information that prospective students receive about college costs and financial aid so they can easily compare institutions and make informed decisions about where to attend school. For a personalized Financial Aid Shopping Sheet, log in to E-Services with your StarID and password, then click on the "Financial Aid" link.  Additional information about Normandale tuition, fees, and financial aid information is found on our website.  

The Paying for College website contains a tool that can be used by prospective students to compare detailed financial information for up to three schools at a time. This site also includes general information about financial aid and financial literacy.

The designated point of contact for servicemembers is the Veterans Advisor & School Certifying Official, Lori York. 

If you are receiving Tuition Assistance (TA) and are seeking access to disability counseling, contact the Office for Students with Disabilities.