Federal support for your continuing education is one of the perks of military service. Since the introduction of the GI Bill in the 1940s, access to fiscal support for higher education has been one of the ways our government has thanked military servicemen and women for their loyal service to country.
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Sequestration Closes Tuition Assistance Program Across Military Branches

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Federal support for your continuing education is one of the perks of military service.

Since the introduction of the GI Bill in the 1940s, access to fiscal support for higher education has been one of the ways our government has thanked military servicemen and women for their loyal service to country.

And since that time, the GI Bill has expanded and offered more and more educational assistance to servicemembers and their families.

With sequestration, at least some of that military educational assistance may be on shaky ground, starting with Tuition Assistance programs across all military branches.

Thanks to a bill to fund the government for the rest of Fiscal Year 2013, DoD was ordered to restore Tuition Assistance (TA) and barred from cutting more than the required sequestration percentage cut from the program.

Thus, the Army, Marine Corps, Air Force, and Coast Guard reinstated TA for 2013.

But the funding bill did not provide any additional money for the TA program. Therefore, DoD needed to "find" additional moneys from other programs in order to comply and cover the cost of restoring Tuition Assistance. In a time of military program and budget cuts across the board, this was challenge.

What Does This Mean?

If you were enrolled in a Tuition Assistance Program from your military branch, it will continue to support your education through 2013. Going forward after 2013, Tuition Assistance Programs are uncertain, perhaps necessitating the use of your GI Bill to further your education once you complete your military service, rather than during your service.



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