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Veterans, soldiers affected by tuition assistance changes

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Updated: 7/02 11:00 am
FULTON, Miss. (WTVA) -- Veterans and soldiers in college will have to face some changes when it comes to tuition assistance this school year.

According to the Department of Defense, enrolled or returning soldiers will have to have tuition assistance requests submitted and approved by an education counselor before individuals begin classes July 24 or after.

Bob Walker, director of student aid at Itawamba Community College, says soldiers had up to seven days after a course began to submit a tuition assistance request in the past.

After the request was sent, education counselors then had up to 30 days to approve it.

Now that policies have changed, soldiers are advised to start the request process as soon as possible, at least 14 days before the start of the course date, as applications are processed on a first-come, first-served basis.

No exceptions are made if a course is not approved prior to the course start date.

In addition, ICC officials say tuition assistance will not be used to support instructional fees for classes with a start date of July 24 or after. The only cost that will be funded is the actual cost of tuition, up to $250 per semester hour, not to exceed 16 semester hours per fiscal year.

Walker says grades below ‘C’ for undergraduate work will also be recouped for classes with a July 24 start date.

The final change, Walker says, involves the mandate of strict requirements regarding school access to military institutions.
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