Top-Up provides 100 percent tuition assistance – education plan for military personnel

Top-Up provides 100 percent tuition assistance – education plan for military personnel – Brief Article

A.J. Bosker

WASHINGTON – A new program gives active-duty Air Force people the opportunity to combine the current 75 percent tuition assistance benefit with their Montgomery GI Bill.

The program, called Top-Up, is available to airmen eligible for both GI Bill benefits and tuition assistance.

According to education officials, TopUp accommodates up to 36 months of payments without affecting the 36 months of GI Bill benefits. If students claim 24 months of Top-Up while on active duty and enter school after separation, they are still eligible for the full 36 months of GI Bill benefits.

However, future monthly GI Bill benefits are reduced by the amount of Top-Up dollars claimed divided by 36 (total number of months of GI Bill benefits). Therefore, a student who received a total of $360 in Top-Up payments would receive $640 per month instead of the current maximum benefit of $650.

Government-funded Top-Up benefits cannot be used to supplement spouse tuition assistance that receives its funding from private sources.

To find out more about Top-Up benefits contact the base education office.

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