Important changes will go into effect on July 14, 2014, for all higher education institutions that have signed a memorandum of understand (MOU) with the Department of Defense (DoD) to support service members through the voluntary tuition assistance program.
In April 2012, President Obama signed Executive Order 13607, Establishing Principles of Excellence for Educational Institutions Servicing Service Members, Veterans, Spouses, and Other Family Members, which has driven many of the changes that are being made to the 2014 MOU. As mentioned above, the changes go into effect on July 14th, 2014, and a new memorandum of understanding must be executed by ALL participating institutions by July 23rd, 2014. The changes are intended to protect service members from predatory practices and ensure the integrity of programs supporting those service members.
The American Council on Education (ACE) has produced a document in a general Q&A format outlining the differences between the 2012 and 2014 MOUs in order to assist institutions in renewing their participation in the tuition assistance program.