Army Tuition Assistance Suspended - GoArmyEd

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Mar 8, 2013 ... The Tuition Assistance (TA) program provides financial assistance for ... Reserve (Chapter 1606), Reserve Education Assistance Program ( ...
INFORMATION PAPER Tuition Assistance Program Suspension (as of 8 Mar 2013) The Tuition Assistance (TA) program provides financial assistance for voluntary off-duty education programs in support of a Soldier's professional and personal self-development goals. TA is available for courses that are offered in the classroom or by distance learning. The courses must be offered by schools that are registered in GoArmyEd and are accredited by accrediting agencies that are recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. The United States military has reached a turning point after a decade of war and substantial growth in its operations and resources. Economic concerns have led Congress to mandate that the DoD budget be reduced. The Secretary of the Army has approved the suspension of Tuition Assistance (TA) effective Friday, March 8, 2013. The suspension applies to all Army components and will be re-evaluated should the budgetary situation improve. •

Effective March 8, 2013, Soldiers are not permitted to submit new requests for tuition assistance. Soldiers currently enrolled in courses approved for tuition assistance are not affected, and are allowed to complete current course(s) enrollment.



This suspension is necessary given the significant budget execution challenges caused by the combined effects of a possible year-long continuing resolution and sequestration. The Army understands the impacts of this action and will re-evaluate should the budgetary situation improve.



Soldiers should contact their local education centers with questions and to get updates. Updated information will also be posted to www.goarmyed.com.

In Fiscal Year 2012, 201K Soldiers used Army Tuition Assistance, which provided $373M to Soldiers pursuing their educational goals to take 620K courses. With that money, 2831 Soldiers earned associates, 4495 earned baccalaureates, and 1946 received graduate degrees. 1.

Questions and Answers Q1. When is Tuition Assistance being suspended? A1. Effective March 8, 2013, Soldiers are not permitted to submit new requests for Tuition Assistance. Soldiers currently enrolled in courses approved for tuition assistance are not affected, and are allowed to complete current course(s) enrollment. Q2. Why was Tuition Assistance suspended? A2. This suspension is necessary given the significant budget execution challenges caused by the combined effects of a possible year-long continuing resolution and sequestration. The Army understands the impacts of this action and will re-evaluate should the budgetary situation improve.

INFORMATION PAPER Tuition Assistance Program Suspension (as of 8 Mar 2013) Q3: Can I still take classes if the Tuition Assistance was approved prior to the suspension? A3: Soldiers currently enrolled in courses approved for tuition assistance are not affected, and are allowed to complete current course(s) enrollment. Q4: Are there other federal options, other than Tuition Assistance, for Soldiers to pay for college while still serving? A4: Soldiers may continue to pursue their educational goals with VA education benefits, if applicable, that include the Montgomery GI Bill-Active Duty, (Chapter 30), Montgomery GI Bill-Selected Reserve (Chapter 1606), Reserve Education Assistance Program (Chapter 1607), The Post 9/11 GI Bill, federal grants and federal financial aid. National Guard Soldiers may also be eligible for state Tuition Assistance benefits. Q5: How long is the Tuition Assistance program going to be suspended? A5: The Army understands the impacts of this decision and will re-evaluate the decision if the budgetary situation improves. Q6: Do you expect any changes to Tuition Assistance when it is reactivated, such as Soldiers having to pay some out of their pockets? A6: Those decisions have not been made yet. The Army is currently conducting an analysis to determine what changes, if any, need to be made to the Tuition Assistance program. Q7: Do you expect any other educational programs to be cut or modified? A7: Not at this time, but all DoD programs are being reviewed. Q8. Who should Soldiers contact if they have questions? A8. Soldiers should contact their local education centers with questions and to get updates. Updated information will also be posted to www.goarmyed.com. Q9. Can educational institutions still invoice/bill the Army for previously approved Tuition Assistance? A9. Yes, school partners can bill for all approved TA enrollments through www.GoArmyEd.com.

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