The Military Tuition Assistance program initially had been a sequestration budget cut casualty, but that situation has been reversed. The program, which offers active duty service members of the Army, Navy, Marines, and Coast Guard 100% Tuition Assistance for college courses taken during off-duty hours, remains a golden opportunity to help service members fully develop their skills and prepare those planning to leave the military for a successful transition into the civilian workforce.
The announcement to stop the program had alarmed the many military men and women who benefited from the program… with good reason. Fortunately, voices of protest from all sides of the issue led to the program being reinstated by Congress only days later.
More than 200,000 active duty service members use Tuition Assistance to pay for college, technical and GED courses, according to the Alabama.com blog. Their concern about losing this funding source is more than understandable. While there are other viable alternatives, including the Montgomery GI Bill-Active Duty, Montgomery GI Bill-Selected Reserve, Reserve Education Assistance Program, Post 9/11 GI Bill, federal grants and federal financial aid, there is no doubt that Military Tuition Assistance was among the reasons why many joined the military in the first place. This program does a tremendous amount of good for our military men, women and families, so it is inspiring to see the importance being placed on education by our active military personnel.
Across all levels of society and government, people know it’s paramount that service members receive a quality education to help build their futures, whether that’s in the military or outside it.
Online courses are a leading choice for active duty military members interested in furthering their education. Learn more about those options at www.fortisonline.edu.