Monday, December 12, 2011
Just last week AFA's President and CEO Mike Dunn sent a letter to Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta urging a temporary delay in the issuance of the DoD MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) for the Military Tuition Assistance program in order to assure maximum participation by post-secondary education institutions. Currently, institutions offering programs to service members on campus, on base, on ship, and at a distance must now sign and comply with the MOU by Jan 1, 2012, or they will no longer be able to collect military tuition assistance from their military students.
And today, POLITICO announced that a group of at least 50 lawmakers will also ask Panetta to delay the implementation of the memorandum. In a letter, the lawmakers say the memorandum "was drafted in such a way as to infringe on the educational integrity and academic plans of our nation's colleges and universities. As such the MOU has failed to gain support from many of the nation's best colleges and universities." POLITICO obtained an advance copy of the letter, which can be read here: http://images.politico.com/global/2011/12/th_mou_letter_to_panetta2.pdf.