Dept. of Defense Publishes Final Rules for Voluntary Education Programs

The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) today published in the Federal Register its final rule for Voluntary Education Programs.

Under the final rule, educational institutions providing education programs through the DoD Tuition Assistance (TA) Program are required to provide "meaningful information" to students about the financial cost and attendance at an institution so that military students can make informed decisions on where to attend school. Participating schools are prohibited from using unfair, deceptive, and abusive recruiting practices and required to provide academic and student support services to servicemembers and their families. Institutions must conduct an annual review and utilize a notification process if there are changes made to the uniform semester-hour (or equivalent) TA caps and annual TA ceilings. Schools wishing to access TA funds must also be certified to participate in the U.S. Department of Education's Title IV student aid programs. Additionally, military departments will be required to provide their servicemembers with a joint services transcript.

Institutions will have 60 days to submit their new DoD Voluntary Education Partnership Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). Educational institutions with a current DoD Voluntary Education Partnership MOU that have initiated their application for Title IV eligibility with the Department of Education will have 18 months following the publication of this final rule in the Federal Register to successfully meet the Title IV requirement. New applicants will be required to meet the Title IV requirement before signing a DoD Voluntary Education Partnership MOU.

AACRAO will conduct a more thorough review of the new rules and provide a detailed breakdown of the changes in the coming days.


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