PROGRAM REINSTATED: Federal Tuition for National Guard

Just over a month after benefits were cut, the Department of Defense announces it is reinstating its federal tuition program for soldiers and airmen. It’s a decision some Iowa National Guard members say will make all the difference in whether they continue their education.

“I’m not as worried about things, I know that I can continue to go college next semester, and anyone who is deployed can continue using it. You can use it while you’re overseas so that’s also a huge benefit,” said Specialist Bryanne Amos, with the Iowa National Guard.

National Guard members are once again able to sign up for federal tuition assistance. The program is one of many, servicemen and women are offered, but it also offers some unique benefits. Soldiers and airmen can use the maximum of $4,500 a year for living expenses, groceries, housing- anything they need while they are in school.

Col. Greg Hapgood with the Iowa National Guard says the program has made a big difference in the past, and he’s glad it’s back.

“Those folks that were affected when federal tuition assistance was canceled were very upset, because a part of their life has to do with their future plans, what it is they want to be, and what they want to do, and federal tuition assistance was one way they were helping to realize those goals,” said Col. Hapgood.

More than 800 Iowa soldiers and airmen use this program each year.

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