Acquisition Tuition Assistance Program

Congratulations to the 19 applicants approved to participate in the ATAP Program beginning 1 April 2022.

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About ATAP

The Acquisition Tuition Assistance Program (ATAP) is designed to fund business/acquisition related individual college courses or business/acquisition related college courses required for a master’s or bachelor’s degree in a business/acquisition related discipline to eligible Army acquisition workforce members.  The ATAP is a fiscal year (Oct-Sep) program that provides tuition, laboratory and technology fees, within limits, to Army Acquisition Workforce (AAW) civilians, Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) 51 Contracting (51C) Noncommissioned Officers (NCOs), and flexible length and renewable term technical appointment employees in the Department of Defense laboratories designated as Science and Technology Reinvention Laboratories (STRLs).

A Continued Service Agreement (CSA), for AAW civilians and an Active Duty Service Obligation (ADSO), for MOS 51C NCOs, must be completed and signed by employee and supervisor as part of the application process.

Participants must obtain at least a grade of “B” in each graduate course and at least a “C” in each undergraduate course and individual course not toward a degree seeking program.  Participants are required to repay the Federal Government for tuition costs, laboratory and technology fees associated with each class that does not meet the grade standards.  Participants are in the program until they complete their educational pursuits or administratively removed from the program.

Who May Apply:

• Army Acquisition Workforce (AAW) civilians
• Department of Defense (DOD) laboratories designated as Science and Technology Reinvention Laboratories (STRLs)
• Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) 51 Contracting (51C) Noncommissioned Officers (NCOs)

ATAP Program

Announcement:

ATAP Announcement

Policy and Procedures:

ATAP Policy

Eligibility:

Applicants pursuing Individual college courses not towards a degree must:
• Be coded as “1- Permanent -Tenure Group 1” in the Defense Civilian Personnel Data System
• Meet certification level required for the current position

Applicants pursuing courses towards a bachelor’s degree must:
• Be coded as “1- Permanent -Tenure Group 1” in the Defense Civilian Personnel Data System
• Meet certification level required for current position
• Not have a bachelor’s degree in an acquisition or business discipline
• Be fully accepted into a business or acquisition bachelor’s degree program at a nationally or regionally accredited university or college

Applicants pursuing courses towards a master’s degree must:
• Be coded as “1- Permanent -Tenure Group 1” in the Defense Civilian Personnel Data System
• Meet certification level required for the current position
• Not have a master’s degree in an acquisition or business discipline
• Be fully accepted into a business or acquisition master’s degree program at a nationally or regionally accredited university or college

51C NCOs pursuing bachelor’s degree must:
• Not have a bachelor’s degree
• Be fully accepted into a bachelor’s degree program at a nationally or regionally accredited university or college

DOD laboratories applicants designated as STRL pursuing individual college courses, a bachelor’s or master’s degree in an acquisition or business discipline must: (Note: Term employees not appointed under Section 1109, FY16 NDAA are not eligible to apply to the ATAP):
• Be a permanent (non-temporary/non-term) civilian member of the Army Acquisition Workforce Exception: Per the Section 1109, FY16 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) and Section 11.A.3.f, 82 Federal Register 43339
• Meet certification level required for the current position
• Be flexible length or renewable term technical appointment employees in the Department of Defense laboratories designated as STRLs.
• Not have a bachelor’s degree in an acquisition or business discipline if pursing a bachelor’s degree
• Not have a master’s degree in an acquisition or business discipline if pursuing a master’s degree
• Be fully accepted into an acquisition or business bachelor’s or master’s degree program at a nationally or regionally accredited university or college

Funding:

Funding Limits:
Masters:
$2,500 per course including laboratory and technology fees
$12,500 per FY
Bachelor’s degree:
$2,000 per course including laboratory and technology fees
$10,000 per FY

Individual business/acquisition related college course:
$2,000 per individual course not toward a degree including laboratory and technology fees
$10,000 per FY
All other fees are the responsibility of the ATAP participant.

Resources:

Service Agreement (SA):

Service Agreement

MOS 51C NCOs can obtain a copy of the ADSO by contacting SFC William Phipps at william.a.phipps.mil@army.mil or SFC Comfort Johnson at comfort.o.johnson.mil@army.mil.

Contact:

Uhura N. Smith
ATAP Program Manager
Email: uhura.n.smith.civ@army.mil

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