DVIDS – News – Sailors taking summer and fall college courses should begin application process


PENSACOLA, Fla. — Sailors planning to take summer or fall college classes using Tuition Assistance (TA) or the Navy College for Afloat College Education (NCPACE) program should begin submitting their candidacy requests.

Sailors may submit Command Approved TA/NCPACE applications as early as 120 days in advance, but no later than 14 days prior to course start date.

“Submitting applications early allows enough time to resolve issues,” said Naval College program advisor Desmond Pierre-Louis. “This way, funding authorizations can be granted in a timely manner.”

Service members are required to obtain TA/NCPACE funding approval prior to the official start of a course. There is no risk in applying early, but there are eligibility requirements sailors must meet before they can submit an application and funding may be approved.

“Sailors must have a minimum of two years of military service before becoming eligible to use TA or NCPACE funding, Pierre-Louis said. “After that, and with their command’s approval, they can complete the required online training and speak directly with an advisor to outline their education goals.”

Sailors planning to take university courses must complete two training courses before using TA/NCPACE for the first time. Training products can be accessed in MyNavy Education or through the Navy College Program mobile app. The specific steps a sailor must follow to apply for TA/NCPACE funding can be found on the Naval College program website.

Once the command-approved TA/NCPACE application is authorized by the Navy College Virtual Education Center (NCVEC), an authorization voucher is generated. Once printed and signed, the sailor can then forward the voucher to the educational institution for payment. Sailors can also save and digitally sign the authorization voucher before sending it to their school electronically.

With the Navy’s recent efforts to demonstrate the importance of education in the overall strategy of warfare, such as the creation of the Naval Community College and giving more weight to education in FITREPs, it is the ideal time for sailors to achieve their higher education goals.

“Sailors continue to embrace lifelong learning as they strive to improve,” said volunteer education program deputy director Lt. Cmdr. Adam Walsky. “It helps foster the culture of learning that we seek within the Navy to maintain our edge in the world.”

One of the rewards of higher level learning is that it is mutually beneficial to the sailor and the navy as a whole.

“A sailor using the program takes control of their future, whether they’re pursuing a certificate or degree, and it provides promotion benefits,” Walski said. “What cannot be overlooked is the influence this now powerful sailor is bringing back to command.”

For more information on the Navy College program, visit www.navycollege.navy.mil to begin the education process and complete the required training. NCVEC’s regular hours of operation are Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, and Friday, 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. Eastern Standard Time toll free 1-877-838-1659.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the NCVEC continues to provide customer service to the fleet. For a list of contact options, including scheduling a counseling appointment or requesting a call-back from a counselor, visit the Navy College program website at https://www.navycollege.navy.mil /contact.htm.

For information on the OCONUS Navy College Office (NCO), go to https://www.navycollege.navy.mil/resources/find-open-navy-college-offices.htm.

As part of the MyNavy HR Force Development team, Naval Education and Training Professional Development Center (NETPDC) provides products and services that enable and enhance the education, training, career development and advancement of personnel in the whole Navy. Major components of the command include the Volunteer Education Department, Navy Advancement Center, and Resource Management Department.

Additional information about NETPDC is available at https://www.netc.navy.mil/netc/netpdc/Default.htm.

Date taken: 21.05.2020
Date posted: 21.05.2020 09:14
Story ID: 370508
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