It goes to show that even when you serve on active duty; some VA education benefits slip by you without knowing.
I been working on my masters since 2009 with five classes to go and when I was in Germany; the out of pocket for my classes were around $250USD. When I changed from UMUC-Europe to UMUC-stateside (which I did not have to when I left Germany); I ended up paying more for out-of-pocket. For the last two classes that I took from Jan to April and applied my FTA through GoArmyEd; I ended up paying $1500USD. The classes were for three credits each so FTA will pay $750.00 and the total course of the class were $1450 so do the simple subtraction and that was what I owed (for that one class so times two).
Tuition Assistance Top-Up
What is the benefit?
The amount of this benefit can be equal to the difference between the total cost of a college course and the amount of Tuition Assistance that is paid by the military for the course.
To be eligible for the Top-up benefit, the person must be approved for federal Tuition Assistance by a military department and be eligible for MGIB-Active Duty benefits or the Post-9/11 GI Bill.
If eligible, the VA benefit will pay for the difference of the education bill and placed that money into your bank account.
Go to www.gibill.va.gov
Select apply for benefits (at the bottom)
During the app when it comes to selecting the education benefit - pick Top-Up at the bottom.
Does not hurt to try.