The Armed Forces Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) is a benefit paid to eligible members of the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, and the Coast Guard. This benefit gives each service of the military the ability to pay up to 100% of its members' tuition expenses for college courses, vocational training, and certificate programs.
Each service has its own criteria for eligibility, obligated service, application processes, and restrictions. However, The Department of Defense (DOD) has directed a uniform Tuition Assistance (TA) fiscal policy across the military services. The per semester hour cap is $250 and the fiscal year ceiling is $4,500.
Tuition Assistance for the AutoCAD Essentials Certificate Program is not a loan; it should be viewed as money you have earned just like your base pay.