News outlets are all buzzing about the coming changes to the military Tuition Assistance (TA) program. The Department of Defense (DoD) has been called upon to continually tighten its fiscal belt. Many “Quality of Life” (QoL) programs like tuition assistance have been evaluated for cost savings and efficiency. Unlike other QoL programs, DoD is leaving the execution of reducing TA costs to each of the Services.
So, how will they respond? There is nothing official yet. However, it is likely that each Service will keep its TA caps at $250 per semester hour for a total of $4,500 per year. Also, Services may choose not to abruptly stop TA coverage as most did in March this year. What may change is who is eligible to participate in the TA program. In an Army Times article today, Sgt. Major of the Army Raymond Chandler mentioned possible changes for the Army that may include limiting TA based on time in Service and rank.
While official announcements on new TA policies may not be released until 1 Oct., service members still have options. If you no longer qualify or have limited TA funds for FY 14, there are other ways to earn college credit and pay for school that you can take advantage of today. DANTES exists to offer service members programs that are alternatives to TA. Check out these articles to learn more:
To discuss your options, contact your local or virtual education center counselor today!
Taheesha Quarells is the Education Project Manager at DANTES. With over 10 years of experience, she is dedicated to expanding academic and career development opportunities for military members, veterans, and their family members.