Procedures for Military Servicemembers Awaiting Tuition Assistance Approval

Excelsior College has implemented procedures that will enable military servicemembers to register for our courses while they await Tuition Assistance (TA) approval for a specific course in a specific term.

Students will use a temporary TA number. Your temporary TA number will follow this naming convention (where xxxx is the last four digits of your Social Security number):

  • For the Air Force: AFxxxx
  • For the Marine Corps: MCxxxx
  • For the Navy: NVxxxx
  • For the Coast Guard: CGxxxx

Temporary TA number requirements:

  • In order to use the temporary TA number, your Social Security number must be included on your student record.
  • The temporary TA number may only be used for one course term at a time. It may be used for multiple courses in a single term.
  • The temporary TA number will be valid beginning 4 weeks prior to the start date of a specific term.
  • The temporary TA number will not be valid during the term's late course registration period.
  • It is recommended that students request and receive official course approval from their Excelsior College academic advisor to ensure the course you attempt to register for applies to your degree program.

Once your service branch approves TA, you must send your approved TA form to or fax to 518-608-8135. The official form must contain:

  • The correct course number
  • Title
  • Credits
  • Correct start and end dates - see chart below

Note: If the TA Approval is not received or if TA is not approved at 100%, you have until the 19th calendar day of the term to cancel with no financial or academic penalty. You will be billed and placed on a financial hold until the tuition is paid in full. If you cancel by the 19th calendar day of the term no further payment is due.

Important Term Dates:

Temporary TA Release Date Term Start Date Term End Date Term Length Last Day to drop without academic
or Tuition Assistance penalty
February 3, 2014 March 3, 2014 (SPRING II) April 27, 2014 8 Week March 21, 2014
April 7, 2014 May 5, 2014 (SUMMER) August 17, 2014 15 Week May 23, 2014
April 7, 2014 May 5, 2014 (SUMMER I) June 29, 2014 8 Week May 23, 2014
June 2, 2014 June 30, 2014 (SUMMER II) August 24, 2014 8 Week July 18, 2014
July 28, 2014 August 25, 2014 (FALL I) October 19, 2014 8 week September 12, 2014
July 28, 2014 August 25, 2014 (FALL I) December 7, 2014 15 week September 12, 2014
September 22, 2014 October 20, 2014 (FALL II) December 14, 2014 8 week November 7, 2014
December 8, 2014 January 5, 2015 (SPRING I) March 1, 2015 8 week January 23, 2015
December 8, 2014 January 5, 2015 (SPRING I) April 19, 2015 15 week January 23, 2015
February 2, 2015 March 2, 2015 (SPRING II) April 26, 2015 8 week March 20, 2015
April 6, 2015 May 4, 2015 (SUMMER I) June 28, 2015 8 week May 22, 2015
April 6, 2015 May 4, 2015 (SUMMER I) August 16, 2015 15 week May 22, 2015
June 1, 2015 June 29, 2015 (SUMMER II) August 23, 2015 8 week July 17, 2015
4 weeks prior to the start date of term First Monday of the Month     19 Calendar days after start of term


Military Education Representative on your Installation

Education Representatives at regional installations are available to advise you and help you get started.

Find a Military Education Representative

Military FAQ

Military personnel and family members are eligible for all scholarships that are available to Excelsior College students. For further information, visit our Financial Aid page or email the Financial Aid office at Military spouse scholarship programs are available.

Two types of distance learning course formats are available:

  • Online courses
  • Instructor-led CD-ROM-based courses offered in business-related subjects by our School of Business and Technology

Learn more about course formats.

Excelsior College has continuous enrollment, and our flexibly-scheduled distance learning courses begin every other month throughout the year. CD-ROM and online courses are offered in 8 week and 15 week terms. Review our course dates and deadlines and course search page for detailed information. Please contact an academic advisor for course approval to be sure the course(s) you choose will apply toward your remaining degree requirements.