The Department of Defense (DoD) today announced it will reinstate tuition assistance for service members after cutting the program earlier this month due to sequestration. Congress voted last week to fund the program as part of the continuing resolution, legislation funding government operations through the fiscal year, in effect requiring DoD to reinstate tuition assistance. Congressman Bill Owens voted in favor of the continuing resolution and offered the following statement on today's announcement:
"Today's announcement represents a promise kept to those who serve in the Armed Forces," Owens said. "Reinstatement of the tuition assistance program is good for military personnel who use the program, the institutions where the benefits are used and the overall readiness of the force."
As part of the announcement, DoD noted that because the program is fully funded through the continuing resolution the level of benefits offered is likely to remain the same as it was before suspension of the program. DoD offers up to $4,500 per year for service members through the tuition assistance program.