Air Force

March 22, 2013

Tuition assistance alternatives

Airman 1st Class Stephan Coleman
81st Training Wing Public Affairs

KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. — Although military tuition assistance is suspended through the end of the 2013 fiscal year, there are other options that can keep advanced education a possibility for all Airmen.

“To get money outside of tuition assistance from the Air Force is probably going to take a little more time and effort on the part of the individual,” said Darryl Rink, 81st Force Support Squadron services support manager. “But, there are a lot of avenues out there to help pay for college. At the very least, these are ways to carry people over until the next fiscal year.”

Possible education routes include the Montgomery GI Bill, Reserve Education Assistance Program, the Post 9/11 GI Bill, Air University’s online master’s degree program, federal grants and federal financial aid.

The Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support will still offer CLEP tests that allow military students to demonstrate college-level achievement through a program of free exams.

“There are a lot of folks out there who don’t realize how close they are to a Community College of the Air Force degree,” said Rink. “Now is a good time for people to look at what they can do with DANTES and CLEP testing.”

Outside of going directly to colleges, development in individual Air Force specialty codes and profession of arms can provide opportunity for college credit, said Senior Master Sgt. Mark Pitts, 81st Force Support Squadron career assistance advisor.

“It is very important for Airmen to understand this is a tuition assistance suspension,” says Pitts. “We all must trust that our leadership will make the right fiscal decision for the future of this program. In the meantime, Airmen must explore additional options to pursue off-duty education. There are a lot of options available for Airmen interested in off-duty education, and we are building a product to advertise this information to our Airmen very soon. “




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 

Maintenance versus repair … of our Airmen

LITTLE ROCK AIR FORCE BASE, Ark. (AFNS) — This commentary is not about aircraft, vehicles, or even any mechanical components. It’s about our Airmen and how we manage their care and development throughout their careers. The maintenance versus repair concept is borrowed from the maintenance community and speaks to how maintenance managers plan, coordinate and...
 
 
DT_pict1

354th Bulldogs improve in-flight sight

A-10C Thunderbolt II pilots of the 354th Fighter Squadron Bulldogs began flying with a new helmet mounted integrated targeting system. The Scorpion Helmet Mounted Cueing System provides pilots with the ability to rapidly cue se...
 
 
(U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Lynsie Nichols)

Your estimated wait time is…

Did you call the Enterprise Service Desk yesterday, but you’re still on hold today? The Communications Squadron will be uploading the Virtual Enterprise Service Desk application to computers base wide. 1st Lt. Brooke Leigh, ...
 

 

Face of Defense: Shooting victim seeks to inspire others

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON – An Army officer who was severely wounded in a shooting at Fort Hood, Texas, last year is using his near-death experience to give others a new lease on life. “I believe I was given a second chance,” said 1st Lt. John Arroyo, who is recovering at Brooke Army...
 
 
AFAS_pict

AFAS steps up with education programs

Education can be a key to succeeding in life, especially for military members looking to make the Air Force a career. The costs associated with getting an education are on the rise, but the Air Force Aid Society can help take s...
 
 
Fuel_pict

Exchange offers full-service refueling to drivers with disabilities

DALLAS – The Army & Air Force Exchange Service, with the support of U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth of Illinois, is adding a new system to gas stations on military installations worldwide to make it easier for drivers with dis...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin