|Limestone Reaffirms Commitment to Military in Wake of Funding Suspension|
"Our message to those in uniform is that while you serve your country, Limestone College is here to serve you," said Dr. Walt Griffin, President.
The cuts to the TA program are a direct result of the nearly $85 billion in automatic, across-the-board reductions that went into effect March 1 during sequestration at the federal level.
Limestone College, which was named a Military Friendly School by G.I. Jobs Magazine, will continue its offer of nearly half-off tuition costs for active duty personnel through its Extended Campus program, which enables students to participate in classes via the Internet from anywhere throughout the world or at seven sites throughout South Carolina.
Additionally, Limestone officials said that the College would implement its 90-day deferment policy of tuition payment, already available to those utilizing the Montgomery GI Bill, to students who would normally use TA funds. The 90-day deferment will provide students a bit of leeway if they decide to use their Veterans Affairs (VA) benefits; the normal process for application completion from the VA is around 45 days.
"The Limestone family is proud of its military roots. From alumni and current students to members of faculty and staff, we strongly feel a heartfelt thanks to those who have served their country in the US Armed Forces," said Dr. Griffin.
In addition to being recognized as a Military Friendly School, Limestone is also a member of Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC), a consortium of over 1,500 institutions pledged to work with service members trying to earn degrees while pursuing demanding transient careers. As a SOC member, Limestone helps service members avoid duplication of credit, is reasonable in accepting transfer courses, limits academic residency to not more than 25 percent, requires no final year or semester at Limestone, and fairly judges credit from nontraditional sources such as testing and military training.
Limestone currently has approximately 600 students with military ties enrolled. Officials from the College's Registrar's Office and Extended Campus program are communicating with the students individually to provide assistance to find the funding to continue their education and to eventually earn a college degree.
With the initiatives already undertaken by the College, Limestone is committed to ensure current students that they will be able to continue their education and that new students will be able to begin their studies.
Students can also be proactive in obtaining funds to cover tuition costs by: