SPRINGFIELD, Mo., March 12, 2013 — Recently, Military Tuition Assistance has been suspended indefinitely, leaving many active duty and active reserve military personnel without the ability to pay for their college classes. In an effort to relieve this hardship for its students in the military, Drury University is deferring payment for students who are eligible for tuition assistance and will be impacted by these Department of Defense cuts. Other military student aid programs, such as the G.I. Bill, remain unchanged at this time.

Tuition Assistance is a program that provides up to $250 per credit hour for active duty and active reserves military personnel, depending on the student’s branch of service. Students who were enrolled in courses for the full spring semester or had been approved for and enrolled in “B Block” courses will not be affected this semester. B-Block classes at Drury begin on March 25. They are eight-week classes that, in a seated format, generally meet twice a week, but B-Block classes are offered seated, online or blended.

Affected students can set up a payment plan with Drury. The first payment would not be due until May 1.

In addition, Drury is encouraging its military students to seek other financial aid. Drury will have financial aid counselors at its St. Robert campus to help students understand their financial aid options and how to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.  All students who were planning on utilizing Tuition Assistance for the remainder of the spring term, as well as summer and fall classes, are encouraged to speak with a financial aid counselor. Drury financial aid counselors will be at Drury’s St. Robert campus on Wednesday, March 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. or they can call Drury’s Office of Financial Aid at 800-922-2274.

“We greatly appreciate our students who are serving our country,” said Aaron Jones, interim director of Drury’s College of Continuing Professional Studies. “Our hope is that we can help our students navigate these changes and keep them on a path to degree attainment.”