Dear Institutions:

As many of you are aware, the Department of Defense (DoD) has instituted a new requirement that all institutions participating in the DoD Military Tuition Assistance (TA) program must have a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the DoD. The policy was published in the Department of Defense Instruction 1322.25, Subject: Voluntary Education dated 15 March 2011. The requirement to have a signed MOU becomes effective 1 January 2012. Schools wishing to participate in the DoD Military Tuition Assistance (TA) program must have a signed MOU on record with the DoD by that date in order to participate.

The intent of the DoD Voluntary Education Partnership Memorandum of Understanding is to ensure all educational providers are familiar with DoD policies prior to enrolling a Service member into their institution. Over the past month, we have received emails and calls from college and university officials requesting clarification to the terms in the MOU. To assist institutions we have embedded clarifications of the intent of a requirement into the MOU. The clarifications focus on frequently asked questions.

To the extent that any provision of the standard language of the DoD Voluntary Education Partnership MOU results in conflict with a state law or regulations, DoD may authorize amending standard language of the DoD Voluntary Education Partnership MOU on a case-by-case basis to the extent permissible by Federal law or regulation. Requests for an amendment must be submitted by the institution requesting the change.  Prior to a review, by the DoD Office of General Council (legal office), the following document must be submitted to

1)  A copy of the DoD Voluntary Education partnership MOU with each specific "proposed" language change annotated in the DoD MOU and recommended verbiage to be considered if appropriate;

2)  Specific state law or regulation reference requiring each language change(s);

3)  Legal point of contact information (name, phone, email address).

We appreciate institutions having strong interest and a commitment to education Service members and we want them to continue to do so. It is our goal for Service members to continue with their educational goals at their current school. We are committed to working with you; please do not hesitate to contact us via email or call (850) 452-1111 ext. 3129.

I look forward to working together to ensure Service members can continue to pursue their educational goals.



Carolyn L. Baker

Chief, DoD Continuing Education Programs

Department of Defense