Colleges Get More Time to Sign DoD MOU

Last year the Department of Defense issued the Memorandum of Understanding for Voluntary Education Programs, aka the DoD Vol-Ed MOU. The MOU established new policies that schools were told they had to agree to by December 30, 2011 in order to participate in the military tuition assistance program.

Although more than 2,000 schools signed the agreement, some schools held off due to concerns of academic sovereignty, among other things. Late last year the U.S. Senate weighed in asking DoD to postpone the deadline until some issues were resolved.

DoD responded on December 15, 2011, by extending the December 30, 2011, to March 30, 2012. The 90-day extension was to give the DoD time to work with stakeholders to answer concerns, and provide clarifications to strengthen the MOU provisions and improve the higher education community’s awareness and understanding of the memorandum.

DoD recently announced that they will not implement the MOU until sometime this summer and schools will have ample opportunity to review the MOU before the policy goes into effect. This means that untilDoD sets the new implementation date for the MOU, which is anticipated the summer of 2012, schools will remain eligible for TA, even if they have not signed the MOU yet.

DoD says that as soon as the staffing is completed, the amended MOU and the policy implementation date will be announced on the DoD MOU web page.

About the Author

Terry Howell
Before becoming the Managing Editor for, Terry served 20 years in the U.S. Coast Guard as an Aviation Electrician’s Mate and aircrewman. In his final role in the Coast Guard, Terry served as a Career Development Advisor, where he provided career, finance, education, and benefits counseling to servicemembers and their families. Since retiring from the Coast Guard, Terry has authored the book, The Military Advantage, managed the content for TurboTap, the DoD's online transition program and VAforVets, the VA's transition assistance website. Terry earned both his Bachelor's and MBA at Corban University using Military Tuition Assistance and his GI Bill benefits to help cover the cost.
  • Dr. C. L. Loving

    Thank you for keeping us informed on this new policy. I do wonder how online colleges reacted to this change. Let us know if you have data. Thanks so much.
    Dr. C. L. Loving
    Online Colleges: Secrets They Don’t Want You to Know

    • tdhowell

      According to my reasearch, Private Sector (Non-Profit and For-profit) schools which offer online programs were some of the first to support and sign the orignal MOU. DoD has a list of all current signatories. Most of the hold outs have been traditional campus based schools.