JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, N.J. - The Air Force is the latest branch to officially suspend military tuition assistance March 11, 2013, as a result of sequestration.
Michael Donley, secretary of the Air Force, announced the Air Force has suspended new TA enrollment for the remainder of fiscal year 2013. The Army and Marine Corps leaders cancelled their services’ TA programs March 8. No official word has been given regarding the program’s continuance for fiscal year 2014.
The Defense Department's comptroller advised all service branches to "consider significant reductions in funding new TA applicants, effective immediately and for the duration of the current fiscal situation," said Navy Cmdr. Leslie Hull-Ryde, a Pentagon spokeswoman.
The decision will not affect airmen who are currently enrolled in TA, or approved for future courses.
“Joint base service members should not give up on their educational goals in light of TA cancellation,” said Jude Marranco, JB MDL Education and Training Center education and training chief. “There are many untapped resources to include the ‘G.I. Bills,’ scholarships and grants. I recommend service members seek free money before looking to student loans.”
The ETC employees offer assistance with finding the right resources. Service members here can also find guidance at the education section on www.gomdl.com. Additionally, service members can also find education funding information at studentaid.ed.gov/resources#funding/.
Resources listed at the site include:
-2012-2013 Funding Your Education: The Guide to Federal Student Aid
-Federal Student Aid for Adult Students
-Financial Aid for Graduate and Professional Degree Students
-Video: Types of Federal Student Aid
-Web pages and Tools: Checklists for Academic and Financial Preparation
-Web pages and Tools: Scholarship Search
-Fact Sheet: 2012-2013 Do You Need Money for College? Federal Student Aid Guide
-Fact Sheet: Federal Grant Program
-Fact sheet: Federal Student Loan Program
-Fact Sheet: Scholarships for Military Families
-Fact Sheet: Funding Your Graduate Education: Sources of Information
-Booklets and Brochures: 2012-13 Completing the FAFSA
“This is a challenging time as we face TA cancellation and civilian furloughs,” said Marranco. “It’s a time when we need to get creative and overcome some new obstacles.”