Acquisition Tuition Assistance Program

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The 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 bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees or required business credit hours towards Army Acquisition Corps (AAC) membership.  MOS 51C NCOs can pursue required business credit hours towards a bachelor’s degree to meet their Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) certification/education requirement.

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.

Acquisition civilians pursuing one of the following:

  • Army Acquisition Corps Membership.
  • Bachelor’s degree in a business discipline.
  • Formal Education Required for DAWIA Certification in specific Army Acquisition Career Fields (ACF).
  • Master’s degree in a business discipline.

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

Announcement:

Announcement for applications opening May 2019

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 pursuing one of the educational goals below and meet the specific eligibility requirements for that educational goal 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 bachelor’s or master’s degree program.
  • 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 bachelor’s degree program.

Formal Education Required for DAWIA Certification:

Does not meet certification level required for Acquisition Career Field (ACF) below.

Need formal education to meet DAWIA certification in ACFs listed below:

  • Business – Cost Estimating Contracting
  • Engineering
  • Science & Technology Manager
  • Test and Evaluation
  • Contracting

Master’s Degree:

  • Must not have a master’s degree in a business discipline
  • Be fully accepted into a graduate degree program at an accredited education institution
  • Meet certification level 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 who need formal education to meet their DAWIA certification in Contracting and meet the following eligibility requirements may apply to ATAP:

  • 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