Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick announced this morning that he is introducing legislation to protect funding for the military's tuition assistance program and offsetting the costs with taxpayer dollars currently being spent on foreign aid to Egypt. This comes after reports that the Army and Marine Corps are ending their existing tuition assistance programs for military men and women.
"The announced plans by the Army and Marine Corps to end this important program for active-duty service-men and -women are disappointing and unacceptable," said Fitzpatrick. "As a nation, we must more carefully set our budget priorities. This program, which provides our soldiers and marines with educational support they have earned, must take precedence over assistance to foreign governments."
Fitzpatrick's legislation would reduce foreign aid funding to the Egyptian government to cover the continued costs of the tuition assistance programs.
The programs administered by the Army and Marine Corps were available for active-duty members, reservists and National Guard members attending high school completion courses, vocational courses or classes toward an associate, bachelor, master or doctorate degree after hours. They provided up to $4,500 per fiscal year, or $250 per semester hour or credit hour.