The Top-Up Program is a kind of tuition assistance offered by the Federal Government as part of the GI Bill Benefits program. It is good for 36 months of education while you are serving actively in the Armed Forces.
The Top-Up Program should motivate you to get some in an online classroom while you serve America! Tuition Assistance can cover the fees for your courses but in the case that it cannot, the Top-Up Program pays the difference left from Tuition Assistance up to $1075. However, this will deduct one month of your military benefits for every $1075 needed for tuition but it will keep you from spending your cash out of pocket.
We see you are serious about serving your country, so that's why the government makes the Tuition Assistance Top-Up Program available only to those who have served at least two years on active duty. With that being said, you need to be serious about your education, too; so you will have to be enrolled in your military benefits and still be on active duty in order to draw those GI benefits for the Top-Up Program.
How can you tap in to the Top-Up Program?
What you need to do is speak to your Education Officer and tell him/her you have acquired two years of service and let them know you are seeking higher education. Your Education Officer will tell you to fill out an Application for VA Education Benefits VA
(Form 22-1990) through the Veterans Online Application (VONAPP) which can be completed here
You will need to write "Top-Up" on VA Form 22-1990 in block 10A in Active Duty Block. Once you have completed the application for education benefits, bring that back to your education officer and get ready to hit the books.
Sign up for the Top-Up Program here
by applying for your military benefits if you have not done so already.