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TA DECIDE — Make Informed Decisions For Your Education


The first step in your education plan is choosing the right school. The Defense Department has developed the TA DECIDE tool to make it easier than ever to compare schools and programs to help you meet your education goals. The tool, uniquely designed for participants of the DOD Military Tuition Assistance program, provides data for military students just like you.

How this resource helps

The TA DECIDE tool uses sources from the departments of Defense, Education and Veterans Affairs to provide you with information on the following:

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Use the TA DECIDE tool to:

  • Find out if the institution you’re looking at is eligible to work with Defense Department’s tuition assistance.
  • Learn about first-time, full-time and in-state tuition rates.
  • Check on the Post-9/11 GI Bill® and the Yellow Ribbon program, which assists with private institutions and out-of-state tuition.

Compare other costs and fees like books, supplies, and room and board.

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This tool helps you evaluate the quality of your education:

  • Compare institutions in terms of their national accreditation.
  • Explore the number of tuition-assistance participants attending the institution.
  • Find out whether the institutions participate in the Principles of Excellence program, a pledge to provide quality education to service members.
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Explore what your potential institution offers in terms of coursework and classrooms, including:

  • Learning methods
  • Degree level
  • Classification of instructional programs

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How to access this resource

More than 2,600 education institutions are eligible to receive military tuition assistance. Start your search today — and make informed decisions — for a school and program that meet your postsecondary education needs.


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