(1) TA is still suspended. TA will not return until Congress & the President agree on either a continuing resolution (CR) or budget to fund the government. No CR/budget means that no money has yet been appropriated to fund the FY14 TA budget.
(2) The USMC cannot make a promise to pay.
(3) In no case will TA be paid retroactively. For example, if a CR is passed this Friday, 11 OCT, TA will only fund courses that begin on or after Friday.
(4) If your Marine is scheduled to take a class, they should talk to their school immediately re: payment options.
(5) If the course starts prior to the passage of a CR/budget, please remind your Marine to cancel their TA Application via the Education Center. Marine will also have to disenroll from the course, or they will owe out-of-pocket money to their school.
(6) The Education Center is assisting your Marines through education planning & counseling, including identifying alternative sources of funding. We encourage you to speak to your Marines re: the use of FAFSA, grants, scholarships and GI Bill (in lieu of TA).
(7) For alternative, non-traditional credit, please strongly encourage MCIs, CLEP/DSST exams (when they eventually return) & the Joint Services Transcript to supplement traditional academic credit. Many free CLEP/DSST study materials are available at the Education Center (Bldg 220) & Library (Bldg 219).
Like you, we have no idea when this shutdown might end. We encourage Marines to think outside the box re: ways to continue their academic studies without TA. Our Education Specialists here at the Education Center can help them with that. For example, Marines can go to Hickam on Mondays (0800-1200) and self-pay for CLEP & DSST exams.
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Kaneohe Bay, HI
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"Tuition Assistance provides Marines the opportunity for scholarly and intellectual development, personal growth, and increased awareness and maturity. This benefits our Corps both on the battlefield and in garrison." - General James F. Amos, Commandant of the Marine Corps.