Financial Aid

The United States Sports Academy welcomes opportunities to assist students with their pursuit of the financial aid for which they qualify. If you have questions about the financial aid process or if you would like to learn more about military financial aid available to you at the Academy, please contact our Financial Aid office.

The United States Sports Academy has been approved by the United States Department of Defense to offer its master’s degree courses to members of the Armed Forces, including members of the Army National Guard.

DANTES

DANTES (Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support) has included the United States Sports Academy and its degree programs in its DANTES External Degree Catalog.

The Academy realizes how you pay for your education is an important decision. We strive to provide our students with the information they need to receive the maximum financial aid available to them.

Tuition Assistance

What is it?

Tuition Assistance is a military benefit that pays the cost of tuition and some fees.

Who is eligible?

Virtually all military service members are eligible; however, each service branch determines its criteria for eligibility.

Benefits

Tuition Assistance covers up to 100% tuition and fees not to exceed:

  • $250 per semester credit hour
  • $4,500 per fiscal year
  • The navy has a 12 credit-hour annual limit.

Tuition Assistance “Top-Up Program

What is it?

The “Top-Up” Program is an additional benefit intended to supplement other tuition assistance programs.

Who is eligible?

To be eligible for the “Top-Up” benefit, a person must be approved for federal Tuition Assistance by a military department and for MGIB-active duty benefits.

Benefits

The amount of the benefit is limited to the amount that a person would receive for the same course if regular MGIB benefits were being paid.

Montgomery G.I. Bill – Active Duty & Veteran

What is it?

MGIB provides up to 36 months (four regular school years) of education benefits to eligible veterans for: College, business technical, or vocational courses, Correspondence courses, Apprenticeships/job training and Flight training.

Who is eligible?

Active-duty members who have served at least two years on active duty. Veterans fitting one of four eligibility categories reflecting enlistment date and length of active duty.

Benefits

This bill covers up to $1,101.00 per month for full-time institutional education. Benefits end 10 years from the date of your last discharge or upon your release from active duty.

Veterans Educational Assistance Program (VEAP)

What is it?

This is available if you elected to make contributions from your military pay in order to participate. It can be used for a degree, certification, correspondence, apprenticeship/on-the-job training program, or vocational flight training programs, as well as for remedial, deficiency, and refresher training.

Who is eligible?

To be eligible, you must have: Entered service for the first time between January 1, 1977, and June 30, 1985; Opened a contribution account before April 1, 1987; Contributed $25-$2,700; Completed 1st period of service; Received a discharge that was not dishonorable.

Benefits

The government matches your contributions $2 to $1.

Federal Student Aid

What is it?

The federal government offers students low- interest loans and grants to help finance the cost of going to school.

Who is eligible?

Virtually all citizens are eligible. However, the program is need- based, so certain income limits can apply.

Benefits

The loans and grants are capped each fiscal year and depend on your personal economic circumstances.

Vocational Rehabilitation Employment

What is it?

An individualized, detailed outline of service that will be provided under the Chapter 31, VRE program. It also prepares you for obtaining and retaining employment consistent with your abilities, aptitudes, and interest.

Who is eligible?

Veterans who have a VA disability rating and an employment handicap.

Benefits

Pays for tuition, fees, and books. Pays a living allowance of up to $715 per month.

Yellow Ribbon Program

Continuing its commitment to aid and honor the American soldier, the United States Sports Academy is a participant in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program, a provision of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008.