Military Tuition Assistance

Military Tuition Assistance (TA) is awarded to a student under the assumption that the student will attend school for the entire period for which the assistance is awarded. When a student withdraws, the student may no longer be eligible for the full amount of tuition assistance funds originally awarded.

To comply with the new Department of Defense policy, Purdue University will return any unearned tuition assistance funds on a proportional basis through at least the 60 percent portion of the period for which the funds were provided. TA funds are earned proportionally during an enrollment period, with unearned funds returned based upon when a student stops attending.

If a service member stops attending due to a military service obligation, Purdue will work with the service member to identify solutions that will not result in a student debt for the returned portion.


When a student “officially” withdraws from a course, the date of withdrawal will be used as the last date of attendance. If a student receives an “FN” (Failing/Nonauthorized Incomplete) grade for a course, that is considered an “unofficial” withdrawal.

For unofficial withdrawals, Purdue will determine the last date of attendance (LDA) by reviewing the last date of activity within a course. For online courses, the University will determine LDA based on the last date a student made a contribution to the class or submitted an assignment. For face-to-face courses, Purdue will reach out to the professor to determine the LDA.

Once LDA has been determined, the University will recalculate your tuition assistance eligibility based on the following formula:

  • Number of days completed/total days of the course (start to end date) = percentage earned

Return of Funds

Determining eligibility for military tuition assistance is class-specific. The start and end date will be used for each class to determine eligibility. Using the formula above, Purdue will be required to return some or all of the TA awarded to service members who did not complete at least 60 percent of each course, possibly creating a balance on their Purdue student account.