NAICU Washington Update

Institutions Must Sign New Department of Defense MOU for Tuition Assistance Programs

May 19, 2014

Institutions whose students receive assistance from the Department of Defense’s Tuition Assistance (TA) program will need to sign a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) after July 14 in order to continue participating in the program. The revised MOU was published in the May 15 Federal Register.

The primary purpose of the new rule is to incorporate into the MOU the “Principles of Excellence” outlined in Executive Order 13607. Most of the principles are already incorporated in the version of the MOU that was finalized in 2012. [See December 10, 2012 Washington Update] The revised MOU adds provisions related to the return of TA funds after a student withdraws, misrepresentation, incentive compensation, state authorization, readmission, and the provision of consumer information.

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