Services Halt Tuition Assistance Funding

NGAUS Washington Report

(March 12, 2013) Funding for tuition assistance has been stopped by the Army, Air Force and Marines as the services try to get a handle on spending in light of sweeping federal budget cuts.

The Air Force’s move was reported today by Air Force Times, which said the program was suspended at 5 p.m. Monday.

“Airmen can’t submit new requests for military tuition assistance,” the publication was told by an Air Force spokeswoman. “However, airmen who are currently enrolled in courses approved for TA aren’t affected, and they can complete their current courses.”

The Army’s tuition assistance program ceased Friday and soldiers cannot submit new requests for tuition assistance, according to Lt. Gen. Howard B. Bromberg, the deputy chief of staff, G-1.

Approval for the tuition assistance stoppage came from Secretary of the Army John McHugh, and affects soldiers from both the active and reserve components.

Those currently enrolled in courses approved for tuition assistance, known as TA, are not impacted and will be allowed to complete their funded coursework.

National Guard soldiers may be eligible for state-funded TA benefits.

TA funding, derived from the Army's budget, is the only education funding currently affected. Soldiers can continue their education using alternate methods, such as the Post-9/11 GI Bill.