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Army Reserve FTA (Federal Tuition Assistance) Information

Army Reservists 99th Regional Readiness Command

This page is intended to offer general guidance in requesting your military benefits. Specific questions related to your situation should be directed to your unit or the 99th Regional Command. Be advised these procedures may be modified without notice. Reservists should contact their Readiness NCO for specific application requirements.

Additional questions and assistance can be obtained by calling the FTA Reserves at 1-800-567-9518.

You should apply for Federal Tuition Assistance (FTA) two to three weeks prior to the first day of classes.

Steps to Apply for FTA

  1. Obtain printouts of your cost of classes and also your student schedule. The cost of classes can be obtained in Clark Hall at the Office of the Bursar. Ask for a printout. Your schedule must be printed on the Student Detail form (found on URSA). Make sure it is the semester you are applying for.
  2. Go online to apply for FTA for the Army Reserves. You must input your list of classes, schedule, and costs. The cost covers tuition only.
  3. Print both the Statement of Understanding (for that year) and also the 21871 FTA form (DA Form 2171). You must sign both after printing them out.
  4. Take the hard copy to your unit for the proper signatures. Fax the signed copy along with your registration and degree plan (if attending nine or more credits) to the 99th Regional Readiness or e-mail to Your readiness NCO should fax it at the unit after the signatures are made. If you have any questions, please contact the 99th RRC at 800-567-9518.
  5. After submitting this information online and sending your signed 2171 form, Statement of Understanding, costs, and schedule to the 99th Regional Readiness, check your AKO e-mail account for updates. If you have not received an e-mail regarding your request within two weeks of submission, contact your readiness NCO.
  6. If approved, you will receive approved copies of your 2171 in your AKO account. Please print these copies and turn them in to the Office of the Bursar in Clark Hall, fax to 724-357-5578, or e-mail to If you drop your classes or change the schedule, contact your readiness NCO. Payment takes approximately eight weeks for processing.

After IUP receives your FTA funds, they will be credited to your IUP billing account. Please make sure you have a valid mailing address in URSA or please set up direct deposit into your bank account by completeing and submitting a direct deposit form, which can be found either at Office of the Bursar Forms or at the Financial Aid office in Clark Hall.

Please be sure to submit your semester grades to the 99th RRC after the semester is completed.

  • Veterans Affairs Benefits Office
  • Clark Hall, Room 126
    1090 South Drive
    Indiana, PA 15705
  • Phone: 724-357-3009
  • or: 724-357-2218
  • Fax: 724-357-2094
  • Self Service Counter Hours
  • Monday through Friday
  • 8:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.