We are dismayed by the recent decision by the Army, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard to cut tuition assistance benefits to active duty U.S. Armed Services members, - SNHU President Paul LeBlanc
(PRWEB) March 13, 2013
Due to the sequester, many branches of the U.S. military have discontinued tuition assistance for active-duty servicemembers. In response to these abrupt cuts, Southern New Hampshire University(SNHU) announced that it will scholarship all active-duty military students currently enrolled at SNHU that are impacted by this decision for the upcoming undergraduate and graduate terms.
"Southern New Hampshire University deserves to be commended for not only leading in this instance but for all they’ve done on behalf of our men and women in uniform. Thanks to their efforts, a countless number of active-duty personnel will have access to the type of higher education they deserve,” said Senator Jeanne Shaheen. “While we’re obviously grateful for SNHU’s leadership with respect to tuition assistance, the fact remains that their actions underscore the need for Congress to implement a long-term plan to address our debt and deficits. I’m hopeful we can accomplish that goal soon.”
The university has been recognized for its commitment to the military, and has consistently been awarded the designation of Military Friendly School®. SNHU enrolls more military students than any institution in New Hampshire.
“We are dismayed by the recent decision by the Army, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard to cut tuition assistance benefits to active duty U.S. Armed Services members,” said Dr. Paul LeBlanc, president of Southern New Hampshire University. “Brought on by congressional budget shortfalls and sequestration, these cuts hurt those who continue to sacrifice so much to support and defend our country.”
SNHU’s decision to scholarship current military servicemembers began at the university’s online student advisor level, many of whom are military veterans themselves. The advisors, who work one-on-one with military students, received immediate contact from distressed students throughout the world when news of the loss of their tuition assistance broke. Servicemembers’ concerns were quickly communicated internally, leading to the decision to scholarship active-duty military students for the upcoming term.
The cuts to the tuition assistance program came after the U.S. Department of Defense was faced with $46 billion in automatic budget cuts this fiscal year. While those currently enrolled in classes may complete the term, tuition assistance will not be available going forward unless Congress reinstates this critical benefit for active-duty military.
Southern New Hampshire University is a not-for-profit, regionally accredited, university with an 80-year history of educating successful professionals. SNHU has a total enrollment of 25,000 students in more than 180 undergraduate and graduate degree and certificate programs, available online, at our main campus in Manchester, N.H., and at our regional centers in New Hampshire and Maine.