Services reinstate tuition assistance for service members
One day after the Army restored tuition assistance for soldiers, the Air Force did the same on Wednesday for its airmen, acting on a directive from Congress that required the services to continue the program.
The Marine Corps, meanwhile, announced that it will reinstate tuition assistance, but funding levels will be reduced. The Marines on Thursday did not immediately release details about the new tuition assistance rates.
Tuition assistance was temporarily halted in connection with budget cuts brought on by sequestration.
About 300,000 servicemembers used the military tuition assistance programs last year.
Last month, Congress rolled back plans to halt all new enrollments to the Army, Air Force and Marine Corps tuition assistance programs after veterans groups and military advocates protested the budget-saving moves. Despite congressional action to mandate the continuation of tuition assistance, the Army, Marines and Air Force were unable to immediately reactivate education benefit enrollments amid budgetary confusion.
“Military tuition assistance will be the same program Airmen are used to,” Russell Frasz, director of Force Development, said in a news release. “The same policies and procedures will be in place.”
Tuition assistance provides eligible servicemembers up to $4,500 per fiscal year and a maximum of $250 per semester hour to cover tuition and allowable fees.