Army and Marines Stop Enrollments in Tuition Assistance Program

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TENNESSEE VALLEY (WHNT) – The Army became the second branch of the military to suspend enrollments in the Tuition Assistance Program set up to help pay for soldier’s college.

The Tuition Assistance Program pays for active duty military to attend college courses while serving or as part of the transition to the civilian workforce. The Tuition Assistance Program pays $250 per credit hour, up to $4,500 for a fiscal year.

According to a statement on, the gateway to all Army Continuing Education System (ACES) programs and services, “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 currently enrolled in courses approved for tuition assistance are not affected,
and are allowed to complete current course(s) enrollment.

The Marine Corps announced it was stopping new enrollment in its program after Department of Defense Comptroller Robert Hale sent a memo to each service branch advising all services to “consider significant reductions in funding new tuition assistance applicants after the date of this memorandum (March 5) for the duration of the current fiscal situation.”

The Department of Defense is facing some $50 billion in cuts during this fiscal year due to sequestration, as well as limitations under the ongoing continuing resolution.

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