Military members fighting through tuition freeze
MCCRACKEN COUNTY, Ky.- The list of military branches suspending tuition assistance for active-duty members is growing. The U.S. Air Force joined the U.S. Army, U.S. Marine Corps and U.S Coast Guard in suspending the money because of the cuts that came as a result of the sequester.
The programs pay up to $250 per semester hour and up to $4,500 per year. Military personnel may still qualify for aid under the G.I. Bill, which is not affected.
Kristen Amaya is the Veteran Coordinator at West Kentucky Community and Technical College and helps dozens of military members who want to go back to school or further their education while active.
"We make it such a big deal in the military to get an education and that's the first thing we take away," she said.
As a result she said many students may lose their motivation and financial aid to stay in school.
"I see many of our part-time students just stop," she said. "They'll just stop going to school."
There is an online petition to get military tuition aid reinstated. More than 68,000 signatures have been gathered.
There is no set time frame for low long the tuition suspension will last, but Amaya is hopeful it won't last too long.