US Military Cutting College Tuition Assistance Program for Servicemembers

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Thursday, March 14, 2013

Those fighting for our country will not be spared from the sting of federal spending cuts.

The Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, and Air Force will no longer give U.S. military students tuition help.

"HPU serves 3,000 military students, so this could impact approximately 1,000 of those students who use TA benefits," said Dr. Justin Vance, HPU Military Campus Programs.

The tuition assistance program provides $4,500 a year to students for college courses.

Those already enrolled in classes won't lose that cash, but new students will.

"Very disappointed for the military and military students," Dr. Vance said.

Several dozen students at the University of Hawaii Manoa campus will also be hit hard.

"I know a lot of people that might be affected by this and hopefully they can sort this out and figure out the best way to provide for these students," UH Manoa military student Max Wellein said.

"Hey, this isn't the end all be all. It doesn't need to stop now. There are other options available for you," HPU Assistant Director of Recruitment Jason Morgan said.

There are still grants and scholarships specifically for servicemembers and the cuts don't touch the G.I. Bill benefits once service members finish serving.

"We are working with students. Experienced academic advisors they can find other options of funding," Dr. Vance said.

A lot of men and women in uniform join the military to pay for college. These cuts may spark some to have second thoughts.

"Education is a tremendous benefit they have always offered, so it could hurt their recruitment as far as the military's efforts," Morgan said.

The Army says it understands the impacts of this decision and will reevaluate if the fiscal situation improves.

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