United States Coast Guard

Photo courtesy of Department of DefenseAs a member of the Coast Guard, you and your family members are eligible for a host of benefits that make earning a degree from JIU simple and affordable including:

  • Coast Guard Scholarships—Undergraduate and graduate scholarships apply to Coast Guard active duty, retired, honorably discharged, reserve, auxiliary and their family members. These same scholarships apply to Coast Guard civilian employees in recognition of the Coast Guard's tuition support for their education.
  • Reduced undergraduate tuition—$250 per credit hour or $750 per 3 credit hour course.
  • Waived fees—All application and academic fees are waived for JIU military students and their dependents.
  • Cost of undergraduate books covered by the Military Book Program.
  • 20% tuition waiver for graduate degree programs.

Visit our military tuition page to review program tuition costs, and to get a more personalized cost breakdown, as well as your Military Shopping Sheet, go to the net price calculator.  To learn more about additional financial aid options available to you click here

Tuition Assistance

In addition, the Coast Guard currently provides tuition assistance (TA) however, due to government budget cuts there have been changes to the program for FY14 which include: 

  • TA is limited to $187.50/credit hour; capped at $2,250/fiscal year for active-duty members eligible for TA
  • TA is limited to 6 credits per fiscal quarter (3 month intervals)
  • TA use is restricted to first-time Associate and Bachelor degrees
  • Applicants must be on Active Duty or Reservist on long-term orders (greater than 180 days)

Please contact your ESO to make sure you are eligible to recieve TA and if you should apply using the WebTA or the application for TA form CG-4147. A list of full-time ESOs by unit can be found here.


Jones International University is also SOCCOAST-4 University. The SOC Degree Network System (SOCAD, SOCNAV, SOCMAR and SOCCOAST) is a group of degree-granting colleges and universities that help servicemembers and their family members complete college degrees by adopting military-friendly policies, such as reduced residency requirements, flexible transfer policies and acceptance of non-traditional credit. When students are transferred to new duty stations, they may continue to take courses at their home college if online, or take courses in SOC DNS Course Categories from other Degree Network System colleges, as well as acquire credit for further military experience and tests. Credits can then be transferred back to the home college for the eventual awarding of a degree once all academic requirements are met.