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Army, Marines, Air Force and Coast Guard Tuition Assistance Programs Reinstated


Coast Guard TA reinstatement includes revised eligibility requirements

According to news reports, the new requirements include that the member must be on active duty at the rank of Petty Officer 1st Class or below and pursuing undergraduate courses only. Reservist members on extended active duty also qualify.

For full details, please look for information in ALCOAST and the USCG web site.

Update, March 29, 2013:M/p>

Obama Signs Bill Restoring Military Tuition Aid and Cutting Poli-Sci Research
President Obama signed a bill into law on March 26 that will finance government operations for the rest of the 2013 fiscal year as well as restore military Tuition Assistance Programs and limit spending on political-science research.


Update, March 21, 2013:

Earlier this month the Army, Marine Corps, Air Force and Coast Guard suspended their Tuition Assistance programs for active duty U. S. servicemembers. The Navy was the only military service to continue TA authorizations, as reported in the media.

On March 20th the Senate voted to restore cuts to tuition assistance. The vote came as an amendment to a spending bill intended to ease the impact of sequestration. That bill now goes to the House of Representatives.

If students have any questions about Service-specific TA policies, they should contact their military Education offices. 

Until TA is resumed, military members may wish to consider other funding sources, such as their GI Bill benefits, if eligible, or other funding sources (i.e. grants, scholarships, or Army National Guard Soldiers using state Tuition Assistance where available). 


Original announcement, March 14, 2013:

The Air Force and Coast Guard have joined the Army and Marine Corps in suspending new enrollments in their respective Military Tuition Assistance programs. Army, Marine Corps, Air Force and Coast Guard students will no longer be permitted to submit new requests for Tuition Assistance.

Students currently enrolled in courses approved for Tuition Assistance will be allowed to complete current course enrollment(s).

Army
The Army suspended Tuition Assistance effective March 8, 2013. According to an Army spokesman, this change applies to all Soldiers, including the Army National Guard and Army Reserves. 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. Updated information will also be posted to www.goarmyed.com.

Marines
The Marine Corp suspended TA programs effective March 8, 2013.

Air Force, Coast Guard
The Air Force and Coast Guard TA programs were suspended effective March 11th for the remainder of the fiscal year.

Navy
Navy was still approving TA for qualified sailors as of  March 14, 2013.  If and when Navy announces a change in status, we will advise. 

If students have any questions about Service-specific TA policies, they should contact their military Education offices. 

Until TA is resumed, military members may wish to consider other funding sources, such as their GI Bill benefits, if eligible, or other funding sources (i.e. grants, scholarships, or Army National Guard Soldiers using state Tuition Assistance where available).