CBP Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)
Furthering the education of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) employees benefits our workforce and our mission. The CBP Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) enhances educational opportunities for CBP employees through the reimbursement of eligible tuition-related expenses, and demonstrates the agency’s commitment to life-long learning, employee development and the attainment of employees' educational goals.
Some highlights of TAP include:
Coverage of eligible tuition and associated fees and book expenses, up to $1,750 per course and $5,250 per employee per calendar year
Approval for courses at all accredited universities and colleges, for classroom or online instruction
Available for all courses leading to professional certification or any type of degree, undergraduate or graduate (Courses taken for Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) or Professional Development Units (PDUs) are not eligible for reimbursement)
This program, from the Office of Training and Development, is competitive with today’s employment environment. The military has used educational benefits as a prime employee benefit for decades. TAP offers more compensation than many Department of Homeland Security agencies and it exceeds employee education incentives from some of the country’s largest corporations.
Note: Effective January 1, 2023, the annual TAP benefit has been increased to $5,250 per calendar year and $1,750 per course. All claims processed and paid in 2023 are eligible for the new benefit amounts. All claims processed and paid in 2023 will come out of 2023 funds regardless of submission date. Please DO NOT withdraw any existing applications to update the estimated course expenses. Any required adjustments can be made when you submit your initial reimbursement claim.
Frequently Asked Questions
We put together some frequently asked questions to give you more information about TAP and what eligible-related tuition expenses are reimbursable.