Acquisition Tuition Assistance Program

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General Program Information

The Army Acquisition Tuition Assistance Program (ATAP) provides tuition assistance to eligible Army Acquisition workforce (AAW) civilians and Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) 51 Contracting (51C) Noncommissioned Officers (NCOs).  AAW civilians can pursue business credit hours towards bachelors’ degrees, masters’ degrees or required business credit hours towards Army Acquisition Corps (AAC) membership.  MOS 51C NCOs can pursue required business credit hours towards bachelors’ degrees to meet their Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) certification/education requirement.

ATAP will fund tuition, laboratory and technology fees within limits.  Funding for business hours towards a master’s degree is limited to $2,500 per course and $12,500 per fiscal year (FY).  Funding for business hours towards a bachelor’s degree is limited to $2,000 per course and $10,000 per FY. Please refer to the document below entitled “24 Hours of Business – What Counts” to determine what business/acquisition courses ATAP will fund.  ATAP will not be used to fund professional degrees (i.e. PhD, MD or JD), dual majors, certifications (other than DAWIA certifications) or certificate programs.  ATAP will not be used to fund a second bachelor’s or master’s degree whether or not the first one was funded by ATAP.  Please refer to the document below entitled “The Army Acquisition Tuition Assistance Program (ATAP) Payment Process” for billing procedures.  ATAP will not reimburse a student for any out of pocket expenses.

Participants may attend the accredited educational institution of their choice and must attend classes during non-duty hours.  Participants are required to complete funded courses with at least a grade of “B” in each graduate course and at least a “C” in each undergraduate course.  Participants are required to reimburse the Federal Government of all costs associated with each course that does not meet the above standards.  A service obligation is incurred upon completion of ATAP.

Applicant Types:

The ATAP serves a number of applicants, some with differing eligibility requirements. Application types only apply to Army applicants. A full list of ATAP applicant types is provided below.

1. Acquisition civilians pursuing one of the following:

  • Army Acquisition Corps Membership
  • Bachelor’s degree in a business/acquisition discipline
  • Formal education required to meet DAWIA Certification in specific Army Acquisition Career Fields (ACF)
  • Master’s degree in a business/acquisition discipline

2. Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) 51 Contracting (51C) Noncommissioned officers (NCOs) who require formal education to meet DAWIA certification in the Contracting ACF.

Announcement:

FY20 Announcement- Army Acquisition Tuition Assistance Program (ATAP) education opportunity 

Policy and Procedures:

Word Document ATAP Policy and Procedures (17 July 2017)

Eligibility Requirements:

Army Acquisition workforce civilians coded as “1- Permanent -Tenure Group 1” in the Defense Civilian Personnel Data System and who meet  the following eligibility requirements for that specific educational goal below may apply to ATAP:

  • Army Acquisition Corps Membership:
    • Meet certification level required for current position.
    • Requesting no more than 24 required business hours towards AAC membership.
    • Must be fully accepted into a business/acquisition bachelor’s or master’s degree discipline.
    • Be a GS-13 step 1 broad band/pay band equivalent and above.
  • Bachelor’s Degree:
    • Meet certification level required for current position.
    • Must not have a bachelor’s degree in an acquisition or business discipline.
    • Must be fully accepted into a business/acquisition bachelor’s degree program
  • Formal Education Required for DAWIA Certification
    • Does not meet DAWIA certification level AND/OR requires formal education (i.e. bachelor’s, master’s degree or no more than 24 semester hours) for current acquisition position in the ACFs listed below:
      • Business – Cost Estimating
      • Contracting
      • Engineering
      • Life Cycle Logistics
      • Science & Technology Manager
      • Test and Evaluation
  • Master’s Degree:
    • Must not have a master’s degree in a business or acquisition discipline
    • Be fully accepted into a business/acquisition graduate  program
    • Meet certification level (minimum Level 2) required for current position*

*Applicants pursuing business hours towards a master’s degree must be at least Level II certified in their current acquisition position AND meet or exceed their required level of certification in their current acquisition position. For example, applicants who are required to be level I certified in their current acquisition position must have exceeded their certification level required for their current position. All other applicants must meet their required level of certification in their current acquisition position to be eligible to pursue business hours towards a master’s degree.

  • MOS 51C NCOs E-5 through E-7
    • Does not meet certification level required for Contracting
    • Needs a bachelor’s degree required for DAWIA certification
    • Needs no more than 24 business hours in accounting, law, business, finance, contracts, purchasing, economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods, or organization and management required for DAWIA certification.

Documents for ATAP Participants 

Word Document  The Army Acquisition Tuition Assistance Program (ATAP) Payment Process

Word Document  Guidelines for Using The Army Acquisition Tuition Assistance Program (ATAP) Funding

Word Document Instructions for Generating SF182s in CAPPMIS/AAPDS

Continued Service Agreement 

Word Document Continued Service Agreement

Sample Documents for ATAP Application 

Contact: 

Ms. Uhura N. Smith,
ATAP Program Manager
Desk: 703-664-5732
Fax: 703-805-1530
Email: uhura.n.smith.civ@mail.mil

In addition, you may contact your Acquisition Career Manager at the following:
 https://rda.altess.army.mil/camp/index.cfm?fuseaction=support.helpRequest