Clarksville, TN – A recent change to the U.S. Department of Defense’s Tuition Assistance program is causing active-duty military personnel to pay out-of-pocket cash for fees associated with pursuing a college education, but Austin Peay State University is working to eliminate this financial burden affecting its military students.
Beginning with the Fall II semester, APSU will waive online fees and technology access fees for active-duty personnel taking classes at the Austin Peay Center at Fort Campbell.“Austin Peay State University wants to support our active-duty soldiers at Fort Campbell and will cover up to $123.75 per class in fees not covered by Tuition Assistance,” Beverly Boggs, APSU associate provost for Enrollment Management and Academic Support, said.
About 20 percent of APSU students have a military connection, and the University works hard to provide assistance and services to those individuals. In recognition of these efforts, Austin Peay was named a 2014 Military Friendly School by Victory Media and a 2014 Best For Vets College by Military Times.
In August, the federal government applauded APSU’s work in supporting veterans and military personnel by singling out the University as the only school in Tennessee to commit to the new “8 Keys to Veterans Success” federal initiative.
Last October, the University developed an emergency scholarship for active-duty military students when the federal government shutdown threatened to disrupt the Tuition Assistance program.
The Fall II semester at the Austin Peay Center at Fort Campbell begins October 18th, but the fee waiver also will apply for the University’s Spring I and Spring II semesters.