The following e-mail was sent from the Department of Defense to all colleges and universities participating in the federal tuition assistance program (Voluntary Education). This is a program that funds educational costs for current active duty, National Guard and Reserve Servicemembers. All MnSCU colleges and universities have signed the first version of this MOU. Therefore, signing the second version is not required unless the second MOU provides a significant advantage. We have analyzed the second version from legal, financial, and academic/student affairs perspectives, and we have discussed the issue with our MN National Guard partners.
We find NO significant reason for your college/university to sign the second version. Please do NOT sign and submit the second version of the DoD MOU at this time.
We have been alerted that the VA, Department of Defense and the Department of Education have been working to implement the Presidents Principles of Excellence which were issued last spring by President Obama. In addition, H.R. 4057, Improving Transparency of Education Opportunities for Veterans Act of 2012 has passed the congress and will likely be or has been signed by President Obama. We anticipate that this second version of the MOU will be recalled and probably will be replaced by a third version of the MOU which incorporates the President’s Principles and the new requirements from the law in the near future (perhaps for the next academic year). Stay tuned.
Academic and Student Affairs
From: GoArmyEd@goarmyed.com <blockedmailto:GoArmyEd@goarmyed.com>
Sent: Saturday, December 08, 2012 1:53 AM
Subject: Updated DoD MOU and Federal TA
The Department of Defense (DoD) released the DoD Voluntary Education Partnership Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) today. To ensure all Service members participating in off-duty, postsecondary education programs are provided quality education programs uniformly; the DoD established the MOU as part of the revised DoD Instruction (DoDI) 1322.25, Voluntary Education Programs dated March 15, 2011 (incorporating date of change 1, December 6, 2012). The current memorandum includes several protections enumerated in Executive Order 13607, “Establishing Principles of Excellence for Educational Institutions Serving Service Members, Veterans, Spouses, and Other Family Members,” signed by President Obama on April 27, 2012.
Effective March 1, 2013, the DoD is implementing the following policy: “For an institution to be eligible to participate in the DoD Tuition Assistance (TA) Program, they must have a signed DoD MOU and be on the “Participating Institutions” list, which is posted on the DoD MOU webpage: www.dodmou.com <blockedhttp://www.dodmou.com> .”
After March 1, 2013 schools without a signed DoD MOU will not be able to enroll service members under the TA program until they have signed the MOU. Institutions with a currently signed DoD MOU can compare both versions and select to retain the original DoD MOU or sign the revised DoD MOU.
At the end of February, 2013, HQ ACES will suspend all schools within GoArmyEd that are not listed on the “Participating Institutions” list, posted on the DoD MOU webpage. The Army will honor all TA requests that were processed and approved by the end of February within GoArmyEd for classes starting prior to March 1, 2013. While no new enrollments will be allowed, schools will be able to invoice the Army for payment of approved TA requests and will be able to post grades to Soldier’s accounts in order to close out their school account.
For a copy of the MOU, additional information, and the application to sign the DoD MOU please go to the DoD MOU web page: www.dod.com
Headquarters, Army Continuing Education System