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Tuition Assistance - Columbus State University

Military Enrollment and Adult Learners

Tuition Assistance


Step One: Create an ArmyIgnitED Account

ArmyIgnitED How To Guide (PDF)


Step Two: Create an Education Path

How To Guide - Create Education Paths and Tuition Assistance Requests (PDF)


Step Three: Follow the appropriate steps for your military branch

  1. Log on to your Air Force portal account.
  2. Go to "Quick Links" or "Force Development" and click on "Air Force Virtual Education Center (AFVEC)."
  3. Verify and update all personal info (phone, email, etc.) in the "My Personal Data" link on the right side of the page.
  4. Verify that your servicing education center is correct
  5. On the right side of the page, click on "My Self Service Apps" and select "Apply for TA" and follow the step-by-step procedure by entering enrollment reason, school, term dates, course information (course number and title (i.e. ENGL-1101 Composition I) and verify the cost per semester hour). Course information can be added directly from the online database or manually by using the "Add Course Form" at the top of the course selection page. If you select the course from the database you must verify the costs and course location with your school then make any necessary changes.
    Note: Tuition assistance does not cover registration/enrollment fees.
  6. Verify enrollment information, read and check all conditions and certifications.
  7. Enter the Air Force Portal user name. If unknown, click on "My Account – Profile" on the right side of AFVEC.
  8. If everything is correct, you will see a page that displays your TA number. You can verify this in "My Enrollments."
  9. The education office has two duty days to process your Tuition Assistance request. It is important that you contact your servicing education officer for direct procedures.
  10. You will then receive an email letting you know the status of your Tuition Assistance request. Follow the instructions in the email.
  11. Once your Tuition Assistance request has been approved, repeat steps one and two to access your approved Tuition Assistance.
  12. Under the "Self Service Apps" click the "My Enrollments" link.
  13. Click the printer icon that is to the left of the TA number to print out your Tuition Assistance form.

All military students should speak with their Educational Services Officer (ESO) or counselor with their military service prior to enrolling at Columbus State University or any other institution. Since military funding is limited, it is important for all service members to use all their resources with making any educational decision.

Tuition assistance (TA) can be accomplished in two phases; however, the first and most-critical step to securing TA is discussing your education goals with a Navy College Counselor, accessible through your MyNavy Education portal.

First-Time, or Upon Making Changes to Your Degree

  1. Inform command of your intent to take courses at CSU.
  2. You will be required to complete virtual training through MyNavy Education.
  3. Discuss your educational goals with a Navy College Education Counselor.
  4. Upload a copy of your education plan. You can print a copy of your academic evaluation directly from your Degree Works via your MyCSU portal.

Recurring, Every Time You Wish to Request TA

  1. Submit an application for tuition assistance. When submitting the request, please be sure to have the following information available:
    • Start and end date of the course
    • Course information (credits, title and name)
    • Cost (Undergraduate or Graduate)

All military students should speak with their Educational Services Officer (ESO) or counselor with their military service prior to enrolling at Columbus State University or any other institution. Since military funding is limited, it is important for all service members to use all their resources with making any educational decision.

First-Time, Upon Connecting With Your Education Office

  1. Complete the following courses, through Joint Knowledge Online.
  2. Submit the certificates of completion from both courses to MFR Education, and request access to the WebTA Portal.
  3. Upload a copy of your degree program to your WebTA Portal.
    • You can print a copy of your degree works directly from your MyCSU portal.

Recurring, Every Time You Wish to Request TA

  1. Submit an application for tuition assistance, through the WebTA Portal. When submitting the request, please be sure to have the following information available:
    • Start and end date of the course
    • Course information (credits, title and name)
    • Cost (Undergraduate or Graduate)

All military students should speak with their Educational Services Officer (ESO) or counselor with their military service prior to enrolling at Columbus State University or any other institution. Since military funding is limited, it is important for all service members to use all their resources with making any educational decision.

Visit your Education Office to discuss your degree plan. The Education Office will also be able to assist you in determining if you are to use WebTA or the Application for TA Form (CG-4147). Prior to submitting your TA request, you should provide your ESO with documentation confirming the per-credit tuition and fees.

You may apply for TA using one of two methods:

Apply for Tuition Assistance using the WebTA Request

  1. Visit the WebTA website. You will need a CAC card or an NKO log in. You may create an NKO log-in at MyNavy. You must include the following information:
    • Start and end date of the course you wish to take.
    • Course title and number, and tuition cost.
  2. Your TA request will be electronically approved. The Coast Guard will not submit your approved TA voucher to the University. Once you have your approved TA voucher, please send electronically to thirdparty.bursar@columbusstate.edu. Please include your name and CSU student ID number in your email.

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Complete Form CG-4147

  1. This form can be found at MyNavy. TA applications must be received at the Institute at least 14 days, but not more than 90 days prior to the start date of your course. In block 11, you must include the following information:
    • Start and end date of the course
    • Course title and number, and tuition cost.
  2. Your TA request will be electronically approved. The Coast Guard will not submit your approved TA voucher to the University. Once you have your approved TA voucher, please send electronically to thirdparty.bursar@columbusstate.edu. Please include your name and CSU student ID number in your email.

Step Four: Send your completed Tuition Assistance Statement of Understanding Form (PDF) to us at data_entry@columbusstate.edu

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