Return of Tuition Assistance (TA)

Military Tuition Assistance (TA) is awarded to a student under the assumption that the student will attend school for the entire period for which the assistance is awarded. When a student withdraws, the student may no longer be eligible for the full amount of TA funds originally awarded.

To comply with the new Department of Defense policy, AIAM will return any unearned TA funds on a prorated basis through at least the 60% 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. These funds are returned to the military Service branch.

Instances when a Service member stops attending due to a military service obligation, the educational institution will work with the affected Service member to identify solutions that will not result in student debt for the returned portion.

The following shows the percentage of return from the start of the quarter or payment period (clock hour students) up to 60% of course completion for each type of quarter or payment period lengths i. e., 8 week, 12 week, etc.

These examples meet the MOU requirement for Return of Unearned TA.

12-week quarter Withdrawal Submitted

Before or During Weeks 1-2 100% return

During Week 3 – 85% return

During Week 4 – 75% return

During Week 5 – 67% return

During Week 6 – 58% return

During Week 7 – 50% return

During Week 8 – 42% return

During Weeks 9 – 40% return (60% of the course is completed)

During Weeks 10-12 –  0% Return


During 24 week Payment Period for Clock Hour Students

375 hours

Before Class Begins – 100% return

1-94 hours – 75% return

95-187.5 hours – 50% return

188-281 hours  – 25% return (60% of the payment period is completed)

282-375 hours – 0% return