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Methodist Univ. offering tuition assistance for veterans

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Methodist University announced Wednesday a new initiative that will make free tuition available to active duty military members taking courses on Fort Bragg.

The announcement came in response to the recent news regarding the immediate suspension of tuition assistance offered to the Army, Marine Corps and Air Force.

The government has been cutting programs because of the sequester.

Active-duty personnel, many of whom previously received assistance but were unable to apply for or receive the tuition assistance due to the suspension of benefits, will now be able to take up to four courses on post for free.

"This initiative demonstrates the sincerity of our commitment to military service members and their families," President Ben Hancock said in a statement. "The immediate halt of tuition benefits caused hardship for many of our students and their access to higher education, and we hope this initiative will assist them during this period."

Active-duty students can apply to receive free tuition for Methodist at Night Spring Term II, beginning March 18, and Summer Evening Term IV, beginning May 20. The free tuition benefit period will close July 15.

"The suspension of TA funding came as a complete shock to everyone," said Yasmin Rivera, director of Methodist University at Fort Bragg. "For many active-duty soldiers, it put a halt to the educational goals they work so hard to achieve while defending our country. We want to show our service members that we appreciate their sacrifices, both on the field and off, and we are willing to do what we can during times of uncertainty. ‘Military-friendly' is not just a tagline—it's a commitment we take seriously."

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