National Guard Resolves Dispute With UT-Arlington But Not Yet UT-Austin

Friday, June 22, 2012

The Texas Army National Guard has reached an agreement with the University of Texas at Arlington that will ensure soldiers studying at the school will continue to receive up to $4,500 a year in military tuition assistance. But the National Guard continues to negotiate with the University of Texas at Austin over the billing dispute, which could impact 24 student soldiers.

Last week, the National Guard sent letters to soldiers attending both schools, warning them that the conflict over military tuition assistance could cause them to lose thousands of dollars in aid and perhaps force them to change schools. UT officials said they believed they had several more months to resolve the dispute before students would be affected.

The dispute emerged after the Defense Department said it will no longer approve the tuition assistance for schools that bundle their tuition into a single flat rate, as UT-Austin and UT-Arlington do.

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