Important Updates & Changes Army Tuition Assistance Program Suspended The Secretary of the Army has approved the suspension of Tuition Assistance effective 5 p.m. (Eastern Time) on March 8, 2013. Soldiers will no longer be permitted to submit new requests for Tuition Assistance. However, Soldiers currently enrolled in courses approved for Tuition Assistance are not affected, and will be allowed to complete current course enrollment(s). This change in the Army Tuition Assistance program applies to all Soldiers, including the Army National Guard and Army Reserves. The Army understands the impacts of this decision and will re-evaluate the decision if the budgetary situation improves. In the interim, Soldiers can continue to access their GI Bill benefits, if applicable, either the Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB) or the Post 9/11 GI Bill, or use other funding sources (i.e. grants, scholarships, or Army National Guard Soldiers using state Tuition Assistance where available). Soldier! s should contact their local education centers with questions and to get updates. Updated information will also be posted to www.goarmyed.com. Public Law 111-377 Public Law 111 – 377 changes the amount of tuition and fee charges that should be reported to the VA. For periods of enrollment beginning on or after August 1, 2011, all schools must report the following charges: The actual net cost for in-state tuition and fees assessed by the institution for the program of education after the application of any waiver of, or reduction in, tuition and fees; and any scholarship, or other Federal, State, institutional or employer-based aid or assistance (excluding loans and title IV funds) that is provided directly to the institution and specifically designated for the sole purpose of defraying tuition and fees. Aid or assistance that is not designated for the sole purpose of reducing a student’s tuition and fee cost should be deducted from the net in-state charges reported to VA. Q: What does this mean to me as a student? A: If you receive College Opportunity Fund (COF) aid or if you receive Regis University’s Online Tuition Allowance, allowing you to take an online course at the classroom rate, your account will be adjusted and Regis University will be deducting both of these out of the total amount of tuition that is certified to the VA. COF monies are not disbursed or assessed to any student’s account until after the add/drop period of the 5 week 3 term. Due to this regulation and COF disbursement, ongoing amendments will not be made to certifications each term until two weeks after the add/drop date. You may see a credit balance on your account during the time frame we are waiting to amend certifications; however this credit balance will not be available to you because the funds will be returned to the VA.