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Methodist University Announces Free Tuition for Active Duty Military Members Taking Courses on Fort Bragg

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MARCH 13, 2013

FAYETTEVILLE, NC—In response to the recent announcement regarding the immediate suspension of Military Tuition Assistance (TA) offered to the Army, Marine Corps and Air Force, Methodist University is pleased to announce a new initiative that will make free tuition available to active-duty personnel. Active-duty service members, many of whom previously received assistance but were unable to apply for or receive TA due to the suspension of benefits, will now be able to take up to four courses on post free of charge.

"This initiative demonstrates the sincerity of our commitment to military service members and their families," said President Ben Hancock. "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."

Eligible terms in which an active-duty student can apply to receive free tuition include MU at Night Spring Term II, beginning March 18, and Summer Evening Term IV, beginning May 20. Currently, future course offerings in the eligible terms will include Skills Development in English (ENG 1000), English Composition I (ENG 1010), College Algebra (MAT 1050), and World History I (HIS 1030). Course offerings may be added or changed to accommodate the needs of the students who sign up to receive the benefit. The free tuition benefit period will conclude 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."

The courses that will be offered in Term II, beginning Monday, March 18, are Introduction to Psychology (PSY 1010) and World History II (HIS 1040).

"We want to respond to the immediate demand for assistance with immediate action," said Rivera. "We are willing to fill the remaining seats in the two courses being taught this spring on Fort Bragg for free, in addition to the free summer courses offered on post."

"We will work diligently to accommodate all active-duty students who would like to take courses on post," said Dr. Delmas Crisp, executive vice president and academic dean of Methodist University. "One additional step we are prepared to take is to expand our course offerings and increase the class sizes to maximize the benefit for all active-duty students who would like to register for courses."

Methodist University is an independent four-year institution of higher education with over 2,200 students from 41 states and 53 countries. Methodist University offers over 80 majors and concentrations, 100 clubs and organizations, four master's degree programs, and 19 NCAA III intercollegiate sports. Please direct all inquiries to the Fort Bragg Office at 910.436.3624 or email The Fort Bragg Office, which is located at the Base Training Education Center on Fort Bragg (4520 Knox Street), is open from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

 

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