The Department of Defense (DoD) released the DoD Voluntary Education Partnership Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Thursday, December 12, 2012. The quality of education received by our Service members is very important to the DoD. To ensure all Service members participating in off-duty, postsecondary education programs are provided quality education programs uniformly; the DoD established the MOU as part of the revised DoD Instruction (DoDI) 1322.25, Voluntary Education Programs dated March 15, 2011 (incorporating date of change 1, December 6, 2012). The current memorandum includes several protections enumerated in Executive Order 13607, "Establishing Principles of Excellence for Educational Institutions Serving Service Members, Veterans, Spouses, and Other Family Members," signed by President Obama on April 27, 2012.
Effective March 1, 2013, the DoD is implementing the following policy: "For an institution to be eligible to participate in the DoD Tuition Assistance (TA) Program, they must have a signed DoD MOU and be on the 'Participating Institutions' list, which is posted on the DoD MOU webpage: www.dodmou.com."
After March 1, 2013 schools without a signed DoD MOU will not be able to enroll service members under the TA program until they have signed the MOU. Institutions with a currently signed DoD MOU can compare both versions and select to retain the original DoD MOU or sign the revised DoD MOU.
For a copy of the MOU, additional information, and the application to sign the DoD MOU please go to the DoD MOU web page: www.dodmou.com.