University of Missouri

52-45: A Resolution to Support a Reinstatement of Military Tuition Assistance

Missouri Students Association

University of Missouri

Resolution #52-45


PURPOSE:  To show overwhelming support among the University of Missouri’s student body to reinstate military Tuition Assistance and to oppose any further suspension of Tuition Assistance by the Armed Services Branches.

WHEREAS, the recent sequestration has led to massive cuts for all of the Armed Services Branches; AND

WHEREAS, the Army, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard have all suspended Tuition Assistance for the current fiscal year in response to the sequestration cuts; AND

WHEREAS, the Navy is still considering cutting Tuition Assistance; AND

WHEREAS, the University of Missouri currently has over 80 service members directly affected by the removal of Tuition Assistance; AND

WHEREAS, the removal of Tuition Assistance would reduce funding to the members of the Armed Services Branches by more than $400,000 for University of Missouri students; AND

WHEREAS, both the amount of people affected and the size of funding cuts could rise if the Navy decides to cut Tuition Assistance from its budget; AND

WHEREAS, many service members depend on this funding to continue their higher education at the University of Missouri; AND

WHEREAS, access to higher education is vital to service members as it allows for career and professional advancement.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED BY THE MISSOURI STUDENTS ASSOCIATION SENATE that on behalf of the nearly 30,000 undergraduates at the University of Missouri, MSA unequivocally supports full reinstatement of Tuition Assistance and opposes any further attempt by the Armed Services Branches to suspend Tuition Assistance.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the MSA Senate implores state lawmakers to search for alternative means of funding military Tuition Assistance.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the MSA Senate urges the MSA Executive Branch to do all in its power to fight to keep college affordable and available to our service members.


Respectfully submitted,

David Vaughn, MSA Senator

Ben Levin, MSA Senator

Devin Kelsey, MSA Senator

Logan Borgsmiller, MSA Senator