The Air Force offers up to 100 percent tuition with colleges and universities across all 50 states.
Whether you want to attend college or develop hands-on working skills, the Air Force offers opportunities to grow at almost every education level. We’ll help you develop your skills, earn a degree, learn to lead and take your career to the highest level.
The Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) is the only degree-granting institution of higher learning dedicated exclusively to enlisted personnel. It gives enlisted Airmen the opportunity to earn a two-year Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree that pertains to your Air Force career. The CCAF is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools/Commission on Colleges. For more details, visit the .
Education is essential to your success in the Air Force. That’s why we offer a variety of programs to help you reach your true potential.
Enlisted opportunities include technical and on-the-job training while earning college credits toward a degree, as well as options to attend other colleges or universities to earn more-advanced degrees. We provide money for school and several programs designed to help enlisted Airmen obtain a college degree and become Air Force Officers.
Officer opportunities include Officer Training School (OTS) and other programs that teach the leadership skills you need to succeed in the Air Force. We offer graduate studies at the Air Force Graduate School for Engineering and Management or local colleges, continued training for your chosen field, money for school, and additional growth opportunities.
Officers in legal or healthcare careers have specialized educational opportunities. For these, we offer robust financial support for Airmen continuing legal or medical training.
The Montgomery GI Bill is a veteran benefit program that assists military members in paying for college. The program offers over $35,000 per student, and Airmen are eligible after completing two years of service. Payments are distributed monthly to students enrolled in college on a part to full time basis. Benefits are usable for up to 10 years after honorable discharge.
Yes. Once you join the Air Force, the Air Force Tuition Assistance program pays tuition costs for college classes you take in your off-duty time. This is not a loan and comes at no cost. Using the Tuition Assistance program will not have any effect on the availability of Post-9/11 GI Bill funds.
Yes. The Air Force has trained Guidance Counselors to assist Airmen in clarifying goals and pursuing educational opportunities. They give advice on academic and vocational programs, testing activities, financial aid, Air Force–specific programs, and available university programs.