New TA process user friendly

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With a click of a mouse, Air Force members can now log on the Air Force Virtual Education Center via the Air Force Portal at and apply for tuition assistance.

Since October, only AF officers were required to use this online method and its use was optional for enlisted. However; effective Jan. 1, all members must apply for TA online.

“It is an easy process,” said Charles Davis, 48th Mission Support Squadron director of education services. “However, some personnel may not be able to apply for TA until they provide information, for example: missing grades and/or degree plans.”

This new process automates and modifies the previous process that required members to physically go to the education office to fill out the necessary paperwork. It also insures a digital signature on AF Form 1227.

“It is definitely different,” said Capt. Jason McCree, 48th Fighter Wing, graduate student. “It will take some time to get use to not having to physically go to the education center, but it’s a good program that I think will save a lot of people’s time.”

Before members log on, they should have the following information available: course start date, course end date, course title, cost per semester or quarter hour and any additional class fees, or lab fees. Once completed, members can submit the form and then must wait for the education center to respond.

“When I applied, it took about five minutes to receive a response,” said Airman 1st Class William Houston, 48th Munitions Squadron, undergraduate student. “The system is very user friendly.”

Once a response is received, members still need to register with respective colleges.

“It took me about 15 minutes to register, get my book and be ready,” Airman Houston said.

For more information on Tuition Assistance, contact the base education office.