Central Texas College offers grant in response to the suspension
Beginning today, Central Texas College (CTC) will provide a grant for upcoming courses to military students affected by the suspension of most Department of Defense tuition assistance (TA) worldwide. The grant will be available to current military students who have used tuition assistance this academic year along with any new military students who applied for CTC admission prior to the date TA was suspended.
The TA suspension has highlighted the school’s concern for providing educational opportunities to servicemembers. “We have a long tradition of offering great educational value to our military students,” noted Dr. Thomas Klincar, CTC chancellor. “We don’t want these students to lose their momentum. We hope this grant will enable them to stay focused on degree completion.”
The CTC Tuition Assistance grant may be used for any credit class beginning on or prior to April 30, 2013, at any CTC location and online as long as space is available in the class at the time the registration request is received. Registration must also be completed and received prior to the posted registration deadline. The course must be a part of the student’s degree plan.
Effective immediately, eligible students may register for one course that begins on or prior to April 30 using the CTC grant. Classroom course registrations must be completed in-person at a CTC site location. Registration for online courses must be completed in-person at a CTC site location or via the CTC online mentors for those students not located near a site. Students should be prepared to show an active duty military ID card when registering in person or send the most recent Leave and Earnings Statement (LES) to the online mentors prior to registration.
More information and specific guidance is available online at military.ctcd.edu. If the military TA program is reinstated prior to the end of April, the grant will cease.
“CTC staff around the world, including forward deployed locations, will work with students to identify alternate sources for education funding,” said Klincar. “In this time of belt-tightening, the value CTC provides should make us the clear choice for these students. Many students will find federal grants cover the entire cost of their CTC courses.”
The Army, Marines, Air Force and Coast Guard have suspended tuition assistance programs as a result of sequestration and $85 million in automatic budget cuts that went into effect March 1, 2013. Thousands of CTC students take advantage of the tuition assistance program, which allows them to take college courses that prepare them for their jobs in the military and for their transition to the civilian workforce.
CTC has been named a top military-friendly school for the past six consecutive years. As one of the top 10 popular schools for soldiers using tuition assistance according to Military Times’ EDGE magazine, CTC is one of a handful of schools offering its military students a grant option as a result of the suspension of tuition assistance.