Military and Veteran’s Education Benefits

Federal Tuition Assistance

All Service Members using Federal Tuition Assistance (FTA) must first talk to their Education Service Officer (ESO) within their Military Service prior to enrolling in the institution.  Your ESO will be able to direct you to the relevant website.  After you have contacted your ESO, follow their direction on requesting FTA.

Generally, TA recipients are eligible to receive up to $250 per semester hour with a fiscal annual maximum of $4,500. Each Service determines its own eligibility requirements. Service Members are directed to utilize the following Service specific links below to apply for TA.

  • After you have contacted your ESO, follow their direction on requesting FTA.
  • Login to complete the FTA application. Below are the links to the websites that connect to the appropriate FTA portal.
  • See additional information below for each Military Service.

Air Force


  • Help line: 800-817-9990
  • More information is on the Army Ignited 2.0 portal.
  • Steps to apply:
    • Login
    • Select Education Path
    • Upload an Evaluated Degree Plan
    • Wait for ESO approval on Education Path
    • Once Education Path is approved, select courses.
  • Once FTA is approved, print a copy and forward it to

Army National Guard

Coast Guard

Marine Corps

  • Help line 866-305-9058
  • Visit the Marine Corps website and choose your location for more information.
  • Additional TA regulations, application requirements, and guidelines
  • Contact your Marine Corps Voluntary Education Center to receive educational counseling either in person or by phone. With your academic advisor, determine which courses will be requested for TA funding.
  • To apply for Tuition Assistance electronically from any computer, complete a TA Application in WebTA listing course(s). Check with your institution to make sure the tuition amounts you listed are correct. Fees cannot be paid using TA funds.
  • Provide proof of approved FTA to


  • Help Line: 877-838-1659
  • More information is on the Navy College Program portal or at your base Education Center.
  • Steps to apply:
    • Inform your command.
    • Complete required training.
    • Receive Navy education counseling; establish an education plan.
    • Submit education plan; review with Navy College counselor.
    • Submit TA/NCPACE application in MyNavy Education.
    • Generate TA/NCPACE voucher and send it to

Space Force

  • After completing the application, if eligible, the appropriate Military Service will approve your FTA request.
  • Remember to send proof of approved FTA (Federal Tuition Assistance) to and verify that your approved FTA has been received by Student Business Services for processing.

Additional Information

  • Reserves (select your branch portal)
  • Mississippi National Guard – GoArmyEd – Help line: 800-817-9990 or 866-403-1289
  • MS Air Guard SEAP – Help line: 866-403-1289 or email

Tuition Assistance Points of Contact

The point of contact for Federal Tuition Assistance for questions about Tuition Assistance payments and processing is in Student Business Services.

Terrance Walker
Coordinator of Third Party Billing and Assistant Cashier
Kent Wyatt Hall 138
Cleveland, MS 38733
Phone: 662-846-4682
Fax: 662-846-4791

The point of contact for general questions is the Compliance Specialist/School Certifying Official in the Registrar’s Office.  This person is trained and qualified about military benefits and federal tuition assistance and can connect you to institutional resources for academic counseling, financial aid counseling, job search support, or other student support services at the University as needed.

Diamond Spiller
Compliance Specialist / VA School Certifying Official
Kent Wyatt Hall 152
Cleveland, MS 38733
Phone: 662-846-4128
Fax: 662-846-4016

Return of Unearned Military Tuition Assistance

Military tuition assistance (TA) is awarded based on a student completing the entire period for which the assistance was awarded. When a student withdraws, they may no longer be eligible for the full amount of TA funds originally awarded.

To comply with the policy of the Department of Defense, Delta State University will return any unearned military TA funds on a prorated basis through at least the 60% portion of the period for which the funds were provided regardless of the reason for withdrawal (service-related or otherwise). TA funds are earned proportionally during an enrollment period, with unearned funds returned based on when a student stops attending. Any unearned TA funds will be returned directly to the military service, not to the service member. The calculation of the return may result in the service member owing a balance to the University.

If the service member withdraws due to a military service obligation and the student provides documentation of the same to the TA Point of Contact, the University will work with the service member to identify a solution that will not result in student debt for the returned TA portion.

Please access the document below for the Schedule for Returning Unearned TA.

Return of Unearned Military Tuition Assistance