The Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support has changed to an online electronic reimbursement request system that will expedite the exams reimbursement process for all service members, according to Stacey Kirkpatrick, a DANTES education programs specialist.
The policy change includes reimbursement of test fees for the following exams:
• General Educational Development, beginning October 2016;
• Graduate Management Admission Test;
• Graduate Record Examinations General and GRE Subject;
• Praxis Core and Praxis Subject Assessment; and
• ACT and SAT.
The online electronic reimbursement request is now the only option available for service members to receive reimbursement to cover the cost of test fees incurred for exams taken at national or international test centers, Kirkpatrick said. Paper-based reimbursement requests were retired March 1 and are no longer accepted.
“The department continues to receive, on average, 25 paper-based reimbursement requests in the mail each week,” said Tom French, a DANTES Education Programs employee. “The new online process is more efficient and beneficial for a service member because payment is deposited directly into their bank account generally within 2-3 weeks after submitting documentation and receiving approval online.”
Service members can submit the electronic reimbursement request online through the DANTES website.
On the DANTES website, members should select, “Examinations and Reimbursement Eligibility,” to get started. Access to the DANTES Exams Reimbursement Center is only available to active duty, National Guard and Reserve service members with a valid common access card. Additionally, both a score report and payment receipt are required. Documents must be uploaded for reimbursement request approval and processing.