|By David Vergun, Army News Service
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Effective March 8, funding for tuition assistance has
ceased and Soldiers cannot submit new requests for tuition assistance,
according to Lt. Gen. Howard B. Bromberg, deputy chief of staff, G-1
Effective March 8, funding for tuition assistance ceased and
Soldiers cannot submit new requests for tuition assistance.
Programs in progress at that time won’t be affected.
(Photo by Master Sgt. William Wiseman)
Approval for the tuition assistance, also known as TA, stoppage came
from Secretary of the Army John McHugh, and affects Soldiers from both
the active and reserve components.
Those currently enrolled in courses approved for TA are not impacted and
will be allowed to complete their funded coursework, however.
Soldiers are encouraged to contact their local education centers with
any question they may have regarding their education needs and planning,
according to officials from the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the
Army for Manpower and Reserve Affairs/Army G-1.
Also, updates on any changes to the TA funding will be posted to
This suspension in funding “is necessary given the significant budget
execution challenges caused by the combined effects of a possible
year-long continuing resolution and sequestration,” the G-1 public
affairs office wrote in a released statement.
The suspension “will remain in effect until the fiscal situation
matures,” Bromberg said in the statement. “The Army understands the
impacts of this action and will re-evaluate should the budgetary
situation improve,” he added.
TA funding, derived from the Army’s budget, is the only education
funding affected at this time. Soldiers can continue their education
using alternate methods.
GI Bill funding, which is derived from the Department of Veterans
Affairs, is available and Soldiers can continue their education using
this benefit. The GI Bill includes the Montgomery GI Bill, Post 9/11 GI
Bill and several other education programs listed on the website:
Also, National Guard Soldiers may be eligible for state-funded TA
benefits. Federal loans or grants are another option for all Soldiers,
as well as their Families.