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Mar 13, 2013 6:55 PM by Akeam Ashford

Tuition Assistance no Longer Available for Service Members

The Department of Defense approved the suspension of Tuition Assistance effective March 8, 2013. Tuition Assistance (TA) provides service member of all branches, $4500 a year toward a college education.

Soldiers will no longer be permitted to submit new requests for Tuition Assistance. However, Soldiers currently enrolled in courses approved for Tuition Assistance are not affected, and will be allowed to complete current course enrollment(s).

This change in the Army Tuition Assistance program applies to all Soldiers, including the Army National Guard and Army Reserves. "it's going to be a very small number of people that will be affected by the tuition assistance in the national guard," said Master Sergeant Terrence Delcambre of the 256th Headquarters Brigade.

Even with the budget cuts, 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). Louisiana is one of a few states that provides 100% 'Tuition Exemption' for service members.

Soldiers should contact their local education centers with questions.

Akeam@Katctv.com

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