Army suspends tuition assistance program

POSTED: 02:21 PM MDT Mar 11, 2013    UPDATED: 09:44 PM MST Jan 14, 2014 
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The Secretary of the Army has approved the suspension of Tuition Assistance effective March 8, 2013.

Soldiers will no longer be permitted to submit new requests for Tuition Assistance, according to a statement posted on the Army's education website.

However, Soldiers currently enrolled in courses approved for Tuition Assistance are not affected, and will be allowed to complete current course enrollment(s).

This change in the Army Tuition Assistance program applies to all Soldiers, including the Army National Guard and Army Reserves. The Army understands the impacts of this decision and will re-evaluate the decision if the budgetary situation improves.

In the interim, Soldiers can continue to access their GI Bill benefits, if applicable, either the Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB) or the Post 9/11 GI Bill, or use other funding sources (i.e. grants, scholarships, or Army National Guard Soldiers using state Tuition Assistance where available).

Soldiers should contact their local education centers with questions and to get updates.

In Fiscal Year 2012, 201,000 Soldiers used Army Tuition Assistance, which provided $373 million to Soldiers pursuing their educational goals to take 620,000 courses. With that money, 2831 Soldiers earned associates, 4495 earned baccalaureates, and 1946 received graduate degrees.

The Army’s announcement follows a similar move by the Marine Corps.