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  • Federal Tuition Assistance (TA) suspended

    Will affect new applicants, but will not affect those already enrolled or participating in Federal TA. Hope those of you that needed it were already signed up!

    View Story here.

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    Re: Federal Tuition Assistance (TA) suspended

    Did anyone see their AKO for this message?

    To the Soldiers, Civilians and Leaders of the U.S. Army,

    As you are aware, sequestration went into effect on Friday, March 1st.

    Over the past several years, we have faced a lack of predictability and flexibility in our budget cycle and a series of cuts. This fiscal year alone, we face the potential of at least an $18 billion dollar shortfall in our Operations and Maintenance accounts, due to the combined impacts of sequestration, the continuing resolution and contingency funding. These are the funds that allow us to support operations, maintain readiness and pay our civilian workforce.

    While our attention here in Washington is on the fiscal situation and the difficult decisions that will shape our force into the future, we need you to remain focused on the fundamentals: develop your Soldiers, Civilians and our future Army leaders; conduct tough, realistic mission-focused training; maintain and account for your equipment; be good stewards of your resources; and sustain the high level of esprit de corps in your organization. Our top priority is to ensure that our forces defending the homeland, those in Afghanistan and Korea, and those next to deploy and rotate into theater, have the resources required to execute their missions. We also recognize that along with risks to readiness, sequestration will also bring particular hardship to our Civilian workforce.

    We will share information through official Army channels on the impacts of sequestration as soon as it becomes available. You can also expect your Army leadership to visit major installations in the months ahead to facilitate a dialogue and listen to your concerns and those of your Family members.

    Our current fiscal situation is challenging, but we must approach this as an opportunity to demonstrate, once again, our commitment to selfless service and our profession. Our Army will always remain, in every respect, the Strength of the Nation. Army Strong!


    //Original Signed//
    Raymond F. Chandler III
    Sergeant Major of the Army

    //Original Signed//
    Raymond T. Odierno
    General, United States Army
    Chief of Staff

    //Original Signed//
    John M. McHugh
    Secretary of the Army

    This can be found online at: http://www.army.mil/article/97660

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    • #3
      Re: Federal Tuition Assistance (TA) suspended

      Did anyone see their AKO for this message?

      To the Soldiers, Civilians and Leaders of the U.S. Army,

      As you are aware, sequestration went into effect on Friday, March 1st.

      Over the past several years, we have faced a lack of predictability and flexibility in our budget cycle and a series of cuts. This fiscal year alone, we face the potential of at least an $18 billion dollar shortfall in our Operations and Maintenance accounts, due to the combined impacts of sequestration, the continuing resolution and contingency funding. These are the funds that allow us to support operations, maintain readiness and pay our civilian workforce.

      While our attention here in Washington is on the fiscal situation and the difficult decisions that will shape our force into the future, we need you to remain focused on the fundamentals: develop your Soldiers, Civilians and our future Army leaders; conduct tough, realistic mission-focused training; maintain and account for your equipment; be good stewards of your resources; and sustain the high level of esprit de corps in your organization. Our top priority is to ensure that our forces defending the homeland, those in Afghanistan and Korea, and those next to deploy and rotate into theater, have the resources required to execute their missions. We also recognize that along with risks to readiness, sequestration will also bring particular hardship to our Civilian workforce.

      We will share information through official Army channels on the impacts of sequestration as soon as it becomes available. You can also expect your Army leadership to visit major installations in the months ahead to facilitate a dialogue and listen to your concerns and those of your Family members.

      Our current fiscal situation is challenging, but we must approach this as an opportunity to demonstrate, once again, our commitment to selfless service and our profession. Our Army will always remain, in every respect, the Strength of the Nation. Army Strong!


      //Original Signed//
      Raymond F. Chandler III
      Sergeant Major of the Army

      //Original Signed//
      Raymond T. Odierno
      General, United States Army
      Chief of Staff

      //Original Signed//
      John M. McHugh
      Secretary of the Army

      This can be found online at: http://www.army.mil/article/97660

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      • #4
        Re: Federal Tuition Assistance (TA) suspended

        definitely considering going active now

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        • #5
          Re: Federal Tuition Assistance (TA) suspended

          Originally posted by Frank Sea View Post
          definitely considering going active now
          The active component's TA is suspended as well.

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          • #6
            Re: Federal Tuition Assistance (TA) suspended

            A lot of the soldiers I spoke with this weekend were disconcerted regarding the changes.

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            • #7
              Re: Federal Tuition Assistance (TA) suspended

              Originally posted by Chaplain4me View Post
              A lot of the soldiers I spoke with this weekend were disconcerted regarding the changes.
              This is not a permanent change. My guess (which is just that, and not anything official) is that we'll have TA back within 12 months, if not sooner.

              Many States have their own TA or tuition exemption, so this will impact the Army Reserve and Active Component even worse than the Guard.

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              • #8
                Re: Federal Tuition Assistance (TA) suspended

                Fellow Soldiers,

                I just received this auto-e-mail from UMUC since I am a student with them. I used Sallie Mae to pay for my last two classes.

                Good luck

                Greetings from UMUC Europe:

                Due to the recent federal changes to Tuition Assistance (TA)
                availability for Army and Marine servicemembers and possible TA
                changes in other service branches, we understand you may have
                questions about how to fund your education. If you have been using TA
                benefits, please know that there are many other financial aid options
                available to you.

                Four alternate funding sources:

                FEDERAL STUDENT AID
                Most active duty servicemembers are eligible to apply for Federal Pell
                Grants, which are need-based financial awards that do not have to be
                repaid. How to apply for this spring and summer semester:

                1. Complete the *2012-2013* FAFSA at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov
                2. Use UMUC school code 011644
                3. For more information, visit http://www.umuc.edu/students/aid
                4. Please note: Awards may be given retroactively if you are eligible
                5. Help is available 24/7: http://www.umuc.edu/help

                POST 9/11 GI BILL
                Servicemembers can use veterans education benefits while on active
                duty - here's how:

                1. To activate your benefits, go to http://www.gibill.va.gov and click
                on "Apply for Benefits"
                2. Complete and submit the online VA 22-1990 form
                3. Please note: Be sure to use the start date of the class for which
                you wish to receive VA benefits
                4. After registering for classes, request VA benefits in the MyUMUC
                Student Portal: https://my.umuc.edu
                5. For help, contact the UMUC Europe VA Office at
                CIV +49-(0)6221-378149,
                DSN 314-370-6762, or
                e-mail va-europe@umuc.edu

                TIP: Federal grants and loans can be used in conjunction with your VA
                benefits so you can take advantage of as many funding options as possible.

                SALLIE MAE PAYMENT PLAN
                UMUC Europe offers a convenient payment plan with 0% interest so you
                can spread your tuition payments over a number of months.

                1. Learn more at http://www.ed.umuc.edu/tuitionpay
                2. Applications are due 17 March 2013, but if you miss the deadline,
                ask your field representative how to get an extension.

                SCHOLARSHIPS

                1. Current scholarships still available for this academic year include
                the $700 New Student Scholarship and $150 Book Awards:
                http://www.ed.umuc.edu/financialaid

                2. Many scholarships will be available in the upcoming academic year,
                browse them at http://www.umuc.edu/students/aid/scholarships

                Our Financial Aid Office and local field representatives stand ready
                to offer assistance and answer any questions.

                Contact us:
                UMUC Europe Financial Aid Office
                Office Hours:
                Monday-Friday, 0800-1700
                DSN 314-370-6762, ext. 324
                CIV +49-(0)6221-378324 or 3780
                financialaid-europe@umuc.edu

                studentservices-europe@umuc.edu (undergraduate)
                gradprograms-europe@umuc.edu (graduate)
                Locations: http://www.ed.umuc.edu/general-info/...ons/index.html

                OTHER HELPFUL LINKS
                VA Checklist: http://www.ed.umuc.edu/undergrad/ser..._Checklist.pdf
                Financial Aid Checklist: http://www.ed.umuc.edu/financial-aid..._checklist.pdf
                UMUC 24/7 Help: http://www.umuc.edu/help
                Other Scholarship Web sites:
                http://www.finaid.org
                http://studentaid.ed.gov/types/grant...g-scholarships

                Thank you,
                Janice Keller and the UMUC Europe Team
                Senior Director of Student Affairs


                Stay up-to-date with UMUC Europe:
                Facebook
                www.facebook.com/UMUCinEurope
                Twitter
                www.twitter.com/UMUCEurope

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                • #9
                  Re: Federal Tuition Assistance (TA) suspended

                  Fellow Soldiers,

                  I just received this auto-e-mail from UMUC since I am currently a student with them. I have used Sallie Mae to pay for my last two classes and it is interest free.

                  Greetings from UMUC Europe:

                  Due to the recent federal changes to Tuition Assistance (TA)
                  availability for Army and Marine servicemembers and possible TA
                  changes in other service branches, we understand you may have
                  questions about how to fund your education. If you have been using TA
                  benefits, please know that there are many other financial aid options
                  available to you.

                  Four alternate funding sources:

                  FEDERAL STUDENT AID
                  Most active duty servicemembers are eligible to apply for Federal Pell
                  Grants, which are need-based financial awards that do not have to be
                  repaid. How to apply for this spring and summer semester:

                  1. Complete the *2012-2013* FAFSA at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov
                  2. Use UMUC school code 011644
                  3. For more information, visit http://www.umuc.edu/students/aid
                  4. Please note: Awards may be given retroactively if you are eligible
                  5. Help is available 24/7: http://www.umuc.edu/help

                  POST 9/11 GI BILL
                  Servicemembers can use veterans education benefits while on active
                  duty - here's how:

                  1. To activate your benefits, go to http://www.gibill.va.gov and click
                  on "Apply for Benefits"
                  2. Complete and submit the online VA 22-1990 form
                  3. Please note: Be sure to use the start date of the class for which
                  you wish to receive VA benefits
                  4. After registering for classes, request VA benefits in the MyUMUC
                  Student Portal: https://my.umuc.edu
                  5. For help, contact the UMUC Europe VA Office at
                  CIV +49-(0)6221-378149,
                  DSN 314-370-6762, or
                  e-mail va-europe@umuc.edu

                  TIP: Federal grants and loans can be used in conjunction with your VA
                  benefits so you can take advantage of as many funding options as possible.

                  SALLIE MAE PAYMENT PLAN
                  UMUC Europe offers a convenient payment plan with 0% interest so you
                  can spread your tuition payments over a number of months.

                  1. Learn more at http://www.ed.umuc.edu/tuitionpay
                  2. Applications are due 17 March 2013, but if you miss the deadline,
                  ask your field representative how to get an extension.

                  SCHOLARSHIPS

                  1. Current scholarships still available for this academic year include
                  the $700 New Student Scholarship and $150 Book Awards:
                  http://www.ed.umuc.edu/financialaid

                  2. Many scholarships will be available in the upcoming academic year,
                  browse them at http://www.umuc.edu/students/aid/scholarships

                  Our Financial Aid Office and local field representatives stand ready
                  to offer assistance and answer any questions.

                  Contact us:
                  UMUC Europe Financial Aid Office
                  Office Hours:
                  Monday-Friday, 0800-1700
                  DSN 314-370-6762, ext. 324
                  CIV +49-(0)6221-378324 or 3780
                  financialaid-europe@umuc.edu

                  studentservices-europe@umuc.edu (undergraduate)
                  gradprograms-europe@umuc.edu (graduate)
                  Locations: http://www.ed.umuc.edu/general-info/...ons/index.html

                  OTHER HELPFUL LINKS
                  VA Checklist: http://www.ed.umuc.edu/undergrad/ser..._Checklist.pdf
                  Financial Aid Checklist: http://www.ed.umuc.edu/financial-aid..._checklist.pdf
                  UMUC 24/7 Help: http://www.umuc.edu/help
                  Other Scholarship Web sites:
                  http://www.finaid.org
                  http://studentaid.ed.gov/types/grant...g-scholarships

                  Thank you,
                  Janice Keller and the UMUC Europe Team
                  Senior Director of Student Affairs


                  Stay up-to-date with UMUC Europe:
                  Facebook
                  www.facebook.com/UMUCinEurope
                  Twitter
                  www.twitter.com/UMUCEurope

                  Comment


                  • #10
                    Re: Federal Tuition Assistance (TA) suspended

                    I am sure the TA stoppage is severely impacting UMUC. It seems that about half the students in my classes are military (and I presume using TA). Thankfully I had already used up my TA max for the fiscal year so I have not been affected so far. We will see what happens by October.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Federal Tuition Assistance (TA) suspended

                      Would the petition help? http://www.armytimes.com/news/2013/0...stance-031813/

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                      • #12
                        Re: Federal Tuition Assistance (TA) suspended

                        Originally posted by Chief Kemosabe View Post
                        I wouldn't count on it. If you look at the we the people website, you will see the response to most of the petitions is "Well this is why we can't do that." or some other nice way of saying no, if it gets a response at all. I find it funny that the top petition is about taking the westboro baptist churches tax exempt status away, and labeling them as a hate group. With near 340k signs that one has been ignored.

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                        • #13
                          Re: Federal Tuition Assistance (TA) suspended

                          Originally posted by ack202 View Post
                          I wouldn't count on it. If you look at the we the people website, you will see the response to most of the petitions is "Well this is why we can't do that." or some other nice way of saying no, if it gets a response at all. I find it funny that the top petition is about taking the westboro baptist churches tax exempt status away, and labeling them as a hate group. With near 340k signs that one has been ignored.
                          You would have laughed at the WO distro today when someone use their government e-mail calling for this petition lol. CW5 had to do an e-mail WOPD

                          http://www.armytimes.com/news/2013/0...tance-032013w/ <--latest info

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                          • #14
                            Re: Federal Tuition Assistance (TA) suspended

                            Just an FYI for anyone attending Webster University.....they will still grant the $$$$ offset for tuition assistance.

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                            • #15
                              Re: Federal Tuition Assistance (TA) suspended

                              Originally posted by Chief Kemosabe View Post
                              I have used Sallie Mae to pay for my last two classes and it is interest free.
                              Be very careful with Sallie Mae. They are infamous for their bully tactics and lies. My family is considering legal action against them. My family finally paid off my brothers college five-digit loans from them last year...a few months later they called us and announced they reported my parents and brother to a collections agency. They even went so far as to harass our out of state relatives, all because they couldn't keep track of their own finances.

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