Each year the education leaders from each service branch present the latest news, current issues, and tuition assistance usage data to attendees at the Council of College and Military Educators Symposium. (You can download all the PowerPoint presentations for the CCME Symposium website to see the issues each service will be addressing this coming year.)
As in years past, the most common issues center on the need to meet servicemembers’ education needs while dealing with increasing education costs and a shrinking defense budget. However, occasionally something newsworthy surfaces during these presentations. This year was no different. But, in this case the news turned out to be a bit of false information.
So, in the interest of squelching a rumor – or misinformation as the case may be – I wanted to follow-up on the news shared by the Naval Education and Training Command’s Development, Planning and Analysis Division Director.
During his presentation, the NETC official stated that the Navy would begin forcing Sailors to payback their tuition and fees who get a “D” in any of their undergraduate courses.
This news startled many in the audience, but , before you get upset, I contacted the NETC to verify this new policy and I am happy to report that it appears this was a case of miscommunication. And, the truth is that the Navy does not plan such a policy change. However, my point of contact did verify that the policy does apply to graduate level course work. That makes sense, since a “D” is considered a failing grade for Master’s degree programs.
So, to make sure we are clear, the Navy told me that Sailors who get a “D” on their undergraduate courses will NOT be required to reimburse the Navy for their TA.