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March 27, 2013 3:41 PM Military Restores Tuition Assistance Program

By Daniel Luzer

On March 8 I wrote that, due to the sequester, the military had suspended its tuition assistance program, an education benefit paid to active-duty members of the American armed forces to allow them to take college courses during off-duty hours at no cost to themselves. Well, crisis averted. The Hill:

The Pentagon is restoring funding to the tuition assistance as a result of the government funding bill Congress passed last week, which prohibited the military from making cuts to the program. The amendment blocking the tuition cuts from Sens. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Kay Hagan (D-N.C.) was passed by a voice vote and included in the continuing resolution.

Because the suspension of the tuition assistance program would have only applied to new awards (and not to those already taking courses paid for by the program), no one was hurt by the brief cancellation of benefits.

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer