The tuition assistance program, which helps military members pay for college, was officially reinstated Wednesday, less than one month after it was suspended due to sequestration.
According to an announcement from GoArmyEd.com, the tuition assistance program was reinstated at midnight Tuesday for all eligible service members. The program was suspended by the military in early March to cope with the automatic federal budget cuts commonly referred to as sequestration.
On March 22, U.S. lawmakers passed a resolution calling on the Defense Department to restore the program for the Army, Marine Corps and Air Force as part of a larger spending bill.
The tuition assistance program was created to help active-duty service members complete a high school diploma, certificate program or college degree, providing them with up to $4,500 per year for tuition.
The suspension of the tuition assistance program impacted nearly all military students, including those taking courses at Central Texas College campuses.
Shortly after the program was suspended, the college created a tuition assistance grant that would have allowed roughly 12,000 of CTC’s military students to enroll in upcoming courses, costing the college $5 million.
College officials announced Wednesday that grant program would end in light of the reactivation of the tuition assistance program.
“If you are currently enrolled in a class, no action is necessary,” according to a statement from the college. “If you would like to enroll in a class for an upcoming term, please request TA via the GoArmyEd portal.”
While the tuition assistance program was reinstated, it will not be retroactive, meaning assistance will not be granted for courses students registered for during the suspension period, or for late registration for classes that have already started.
The college’s statement Wednesday also warned that military students may see changes to the program in the future due to budgetary pressures.
“As evidenced by our actions in the absence of (tuition assistance), we are committed to your success in reaching your academic goals,” the college’s statement read. “In these uncertain times, we urge you to use your tuition assistance benefit to the maximum extent possible this fiscal year.”
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