ARLINGTON, Va. — The Navy has increased the number of semester hours for which sailors can receive tuition reimbursement from 12 to 16 per fiscal year, according to a Navy administrative announcement.

The Navy’s tuition reimbursement program is open to every sailor on active duty and reservists, a total of about 354,000 enlisted sailors and officers, said Cmdr. Sharon Bemis, tuition assistance waiver program manager at Naval Education and Training Command.

Under the reimbursement program, sailors can be reimbursed up to $250 per semester hour, Bemis said in a Monday e-mail to Stars and Stripes.

“The number of tuition assistance participants for FY 06 is equal to 49,646 as of 15 June ’06,” she wrote.

She said the Navy decided to up the number of reimbursable hours from 12 to 16 per fiscal year because: “The emphasis is on education for sailors, and the Navy wants to make it easier for sailors to obtain their education goals. A well-educated force will increase its competency.”

Sailors who want to take more than the maximum reimbursable hours may submit a Tuition Assistance Waiver for up to $4,500 per fiscal year, according to the Navy.

“A sailor may submit a TA Waiver anytime after 1 Oct of each year (beginning of fiscal year). The sooner they know their schedule the better and they may submit a waiver to include all the credit hours they will need over the tuition assistance limit for that fiscal year,” she said.

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