Military Temporarily Suspends Tuition Assistance

One of the main benefits of joining the military has always been the tuition assistance offered by the government. But because of the automatic, across-the-board spending cuts known as the sequester the U.S. Air Force has joined the Army, the Coast Guard and the Marine Corps and temporarily suspended its tuition-assistance program. The Navy has yet to announce if its suspending the program.  The programs provide  active-duty service members with up to $4,500 a year to participate in high-school completion courses and certificate programs or to work toward a college degree.

“This suspension is necessary given the significant budget-execution challenges caused by the combined effects of a possible year-long continuing resolution and sequestration,” said Army spokesman Troy A. Rolan Sr. “The Army understands the impacts of this action and will re-evaluate should the budgetary situation improve.”

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Payments already approved under the program will be paid, but the changes are expected to leave military personnel scrambling to figure out how to pay for classes for the summer and fall semesters.

In response to the tuition assistance being suspended, supporters of the program started a petition on We The People page of the White House’s website to urge the government to reinstate the program:

Reinstate Military Tuition Assistance and block the Armed Service Branches from any further suspension of Tuition Assistance. This action should be accomplished by Executive Order as Commander-in-Chief.

In spite of our country’s current economic situation and the polarizing politics involved, Service Member benefits such as Tuition Assistance should not be compromised as a result. Access to Higher Education is important to Service Members as it allows for career and professional advancement.

As of today, the petition has obtained the number of signatures required to receive a response from the government.

Service members may still qualify for aid under the G.I. Bill, which, so far, has not been affected.

 

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  • au napptural

    My first thought upon hearing this is a dastardly plan. It is easier and most cost effective for the military to suspend tuition assistance than to try and mess with the GI Bill. Aside from the fact the GI Bill is pretty much set in stone and every veteran alive would come out the woodwork to condemn them, think about this. All the active personnel aren’t coming home.

    Only a percentage of veterans ever use their GI Bill educational privileges. With the PTSD, long term wounds, and mental illnesses running rampant this generation that number is getting smaller and smaller. So the military figured if they take away the enlisted people’s ability to get an education while enlisted most of them would be killed or so badly damaged they wouldn’t be using that GI Bill after all. Sick bastards. It’s like Death of a Salesman, they want to use these young people up and then spit them out.

  • justanotheropinion

    Lets be real -ALL colleges & universities are for profit – regardless of their tax status.

    Next: The predatory lending practices of the ‘truly for profit schools’ should be banned. Not just for vets or enlisted, but for all of society. They have No One’s interest at heart except their own. Having said that….

    The GI Bill can give a hand up to to vets. My bro is almost 20 yrs in and looking to the next chapter of his life when he retires in 14mos. or so. He is looking to use his GI bill benefits to better himself and have a better chance at a secure life for he & his daughter. The profit schools promise everything and are ready to take his money. The Army provides no counseling for these types of things but I’ve managed to steer him away from these money traps. Many others have no guidance. True colleges & universities are an option, but the GI Bill doesn’t even make a dent in the tuition. But at least it’s something.

    Would hate to see this option taken away from men & women that have served us. Disappointed that the military branches do nothing to school them on the predatory lending of some places. Equally disappointed that the GI Bill covers almost nothing from a legitimate college/university.

    These men & women actually pay into the system with the expectation that they will receive assistance on the other end. After what is required of them while in service, they deserve a little on the back end. I realize my view is prejudice, but when something ain’t right, you can smell it from a mile away.

    • Keali

      Not sure we’re you are getting this “almost nothing” figure about the GI Bill. It actually covers in state tuition for almost ALL state schools. Private schools is a different story but most participate in the yellow ribbon program that will pay the difference. Please let your brother know this. All the information about what they will pay is on the post 911 GI Bill website.

  • Ryan Lawson

    This is absolutely horrible! How can they treat us like this?? I am ONE SEMESTER AWAY from graduating! I spent 4 years in college and now I can’t get my diploma! Thanks America, it really shows how much you care about your soldiers!

  • ryan lawson