Ensuring that service members have readily available opportunities to pursue a postsecondary education is just one of the many ways that the Department of Defense (DoD) works to improve the quality of life for service members and families. DoD knows that beginning or completing undergraduate or graduate coursework is a high priority for service members.
The quality of education received by service members is very important to the DoD. To ensure all service members participating in off-duty, postsecondary education programs are provided quality education programs uniformly; the DoD Voluntary Education Partnership Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was established as part of the revised DoD Instruction (DoDI) 1322.25, Voluntary Education Programs.
The delivery mode for these postsecondary education programs include traditional classroom instructed courses, independent study, and distance learning programs, from institutions on or off military installations. This new DoD Voluntary Education Partnership MOU conveys the commitments and agreements between the educational institution and DoD.
Effective January 1, 2012, an institution must have a signed DoD Voluntary Education Partnership MOU and be on the “List of Participating Institutions” in the DoD Tuition Assistance (TA) Program to be eligible to receive funds from the Service’s TA program.
The DoD Voluntary Education MOU website now is open and accepting applications. Scroll to the bottom of the page, and click the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for more information about the application.
An information paper and Q&A document also is available with more information about the new DoD policy and specifics of the DoD MOU.
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