The Department of Defense has extended the date by which institutions must sign its new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on the Military Tuition Assistance Program from Jan. 1 to March 30, 2012.
ACE and a group of higher education associations wrote to Secretary Leon Panetta last month requesting a delay and outlining concerns about provisions in the MOU related to the awarding of academic credit, in-school residency requirements, education plans, tuition policies and payment processing.
A bipartisan group of 52 senators sent a letter to Panetta on Dec. 12, also requesting a delay and the drafting of a new MOU. The senators wrote that while they support the intent to fight fraud and abuse against members of the armed services, critical improvements need to be made before requiring institutions to sign on.
The Senate letter was echoed by a wide range of military and veterans groups requesting that implementation be delayed until the MOU can be revised.
In light of the approaching deadline, ACE sent a second letter on Dec. 12, reiterating the higher education community’s concerns and once again asking for implementation to be delayed.