The Catholic University of America

Utilizing Tuition Assistance at CUA

The Catholic University of America is proud to participate in the Department of Defense Tuition Assistance program. This page is designed to assist students utilizing tuition assistance funding at CUA.

Students planning to utilize tuition assistance should contact the office of Enrollment Services.

An overview of TA benefits: 

  • Students must apply for tuition assistance benefits with their branch of service.
    •  All military TA must be requested and approved by the service prior to the start date of the course. TA is approved on a course-by-courses basis and only for the specific course(s) the Service member requests.
  • Students should familiarize themselves with all CUA policies surrounding transfer credits, academic residency requirements, and the courses required in their degree plan.
  • Students should be aware of CUA's cost and billing information
  • Students should be aware of their financial responsibilities while utilizing TA benefits. Students with charges above and beyond those covered by their TA benefits should plan to pay for those charges in accordance with the posted deadlines on the Enrollment Services website. Students should be aware of what charges will be covered by the VA, and plan to pay any remaining charges at the beginning of each academic term and in accordance with the posted deadlines. Students will be subject to financial holds if they do not pay their financial obligations by the published deadline.
  • Enrollment Services can work with students to facilitate the use of additional educational funding such as 'top-up', chapter 30 G.I. Bill®, Montgomery or Post 9/11 G.I. Bill. Information on utilizing VA educational benefits can be found on our website or by emailing cua-veterans@cua.edu.
    • Service members may combine VA benefits and TA as long as the combined benefits do not total more than 100% of the actual cost of tuition and fees.
    • Students should contact the office of Student Financial Assistance for additional information and application processes for scholarships, fellowships, grants, lowants, etc.
  • Each semester, after receiving authorization from their Service, service members should contact Enrollment Services to let them know they are utilizing TA benefits. This will ensure a timely process for billing. Please contact cua-enrollmentservices@cua.edu
    • Students should submit a payment authorization form with the Office of Enrollment Services each semester.
    • Authorization must be received by the add/drop deadline of the semester in which TA funds are being used.
    • Ultimately the student is responsible for payment of all unpaid charges, including late fees. 
    • Enrollment Services will monitor and report the following information to the Department of Defense, as per the Tuition Assistance requirements: course enrollment, course withdrawal, course cancellation, course completion or failure, grade, verification of degree completion, billing information. As well as information about completion of a certificate, degree, or diploma program; including degree level, major, and program requirements completion date.

Return of Tuition Assistance Funds

Department of Defense regulations require the return of any unearned Tuition Assistance (TA) funds on a proportional basis through the 60 percent portion of the period for which the funds were provided.  TA funds are earned proportionally during an enrollment period, with unearned funds returned based upon when a student stops attending. In instances when a Service member stops attending due to a military service obligation, CUA will work with the service member to identify solutions that will not result in a student debt for the returned portion.