Air Force

September 19, 2013

Air Force tuition assistance undergoing changes

Jayson Burns
Thunderbolt staff writer

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. – Changes to the application process and some of the guidelines for the Air Force tuition assistance program go into effect with classes that begin after Oct. 1. These changes will require supervisors to bear more responsibility for their Airmen filing for TA.

“Supervisors will have in-depth control and will now be held accountable,” said Joan Landers, 56th Force Support Squadron Education Services chief. “We’re going to hold them responsible for their Airmen’s eligibility.”

The redefined role of the supervisor is to “work with their Airmen to ensure their educational goals are achievable without impacting the mission,” according to the Air Force Virtual Education Center’s Q&A. Supervisors will be kept up-to-date on their Airmen’s progress through email.

Airmen must have their supervisor review any unfavorable information files, their status on a control roster, and a referral enlisted or officer performance review and then approve the TA application. Supervisors cannot approve an application if the applicant has not passed their physical training test. For foreign language courses, only those that are part of a degree or the approved shortage list will be made available, and Airmen can not go for multiple degrees of the same level under TA.

Once their TA has been approved through a process similar to LeaveWeb, Airmen can select each of their courses efficiently with the signature of their supervisor. As different as the process may be, education services does not want their students to feel overwhelmed.

“We don’t want to scare them,” Landers said. “Education is important, and it is very important to me.”

One aspect remaining the same for TA is how much assistance is available. For every fiscal year Airmen can receive up to $4,500 with a maximum of $250 each semester hour.

To prepare Airmen for the new TA rules, emails and tutorials will be made readily available through AFVEC.




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


 
 

 
(U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Chris Massey)

9/11 Tower Challenge held at UofA

The Never Forgotten 9/11 Tower Challenge was held at the University of Arizona Football Stadium on Sept. 11. Approximately 350 participants, including personnel from D-M, attempted the challenge of climbing 2,071 stairs. This f...
 
 

Core elements work together

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — The Air Force has built a suicide prevention program based on 11 overlapping core elements that stress community involvement and leadership in the prevention of suicides in the military: Leadership involvement — Air Force leaders actively support the entire spectrum of suicide prevention initiatives in the community. Addressing suicide...
 
 

Keep sports safe

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — Playing sports is fun and it helps people keep in shape and relieve stress. However, if one is not careful, playing sports can result in injuries that keep Airmen on the sideline and out of work. “The main cause of sports-related injuries is over aggressive play and people going...
 

 
DoD

Ice bucket challenge – What does DOD say?

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — If you have been following social media lately, you’ve seen the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge all over your newsfeed and Instagram. This has become an internet phenomenon in which people get doused with ice water to raise money to combat Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease....
 
 

Air Force Enlisted Village: Not just a place to live, a place to call home

I first visited the Air Force Enlisted Village as a young first sergeant in 2009, when I was stationed at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida. I went to visit with the Tyndall Active Airmen’s Association, Tyndall’s E-1 to E-4 Professional Association, and was amazed at what I saw. This was also the first time I...
 
 

Advise Airmen of rights before asking questions

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — Every day supervisors are faced with challenging scenarios and situations that require them to engage in efforts to help their Airmen. When this engagement is due to a negative act such as theft, damage to property or other possible legal violations, we must resist the instinct to question them...
 




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