FORT DRUM Soldiers will again be able to sign up for classes using the Armys Tuition Assistance Program, after access returned to the programs website.
The return was announced Tuesday in a statement on www.goarmyed.com, where program applicants apply for funding.
The Armys tuition assistance program, for which all soldiers, including Army Reserve and Army National Guard members, are eligible, pays up to $250 per credit hour, with an annual limit of $4,500.
The announcement states that funding rates would be unchanged for the remainder of the fiscal year, Sept. 30.
After funding for the program was stripped, Congressional action in the weeks after led to the reversal of the cost-cutting move.
The suspension of the program as a part of sequestration drew frustration from many service members from post and school administrators in the north country.
According to an economic impact statement released in March, the post in fiscal year 2012 authorized $911,367 in tuition assistance benefits for 1,517 soldiers to attend local college partners, about $600 per soldier. That total is an increase from the $721,000 authorized in fiscal year 2011 for 525 soldiers, about $1,373.33 per soldier.
At Jefferson Community College, there was concern that a loss of students would lead to program reductions and staff cuts. The school had to cut two of ten courses offered on post due to low enrollment.
The schools spring session has 102 students on tuition assistance, taking 686.5 credits valued at more than $100,000.
Other area schools like SUNY Potsdam and SUNY Canton reported between 10 to 20 students who used the program, with a larger number using GI Bill money that was not connected to the funding cut.
The full tuition program announcement can be found at http://bit.ly/YknEsp.