The Coast Guard is reinstating tuition assistance for the fiscal year, the service announced Friday.
Despite early reports to the contrary, Coast Guard officials say the service was included in the 2013 government funding bill passed Wednesday in the Senate and Thursday by the House that compelled all military services to restore TA.
“The U.S. Coast Guard joins the Department of Defense in reinstating tuition assistance in response to an amendment that was inserted into the General Provisions of the 2013 Appropriations Bill,” a Coast Guard news release states.
The service is still working on a timeline for reinstating the benefit, which was scaled back due to sequestration.
The Coast Guard has averaged about 10,000 people per year who use TA. So far this year, 7,000 have taken advantage, according to the Coast Guard.