Active-service Michigan National Guard members can receive tuition assistance at in-state educational institutions under legislation signed into law today by Gov. Rick Snyder. State Rep. Bruce Rendon introduced House Bill 5451, now Public Act 259 of 2014, to assist students pursuing vocational or technical training, a certificate, associate degree, bachelor’s degree or master’s degree.
“The new program this law creates will help Michigan National Guardsmen and women improve and enhance their education and skills for their success in service jobs and in the civilian workforce,” said Rendon, R-Lake City. “I thank the governor and all my colleagues for their strong support as we worked on this bill, and the message of appreciation it sends to the men and women who stepped up to protect our nation and our freedom.”
Also attending the bill signing was Maj. Gen. Gregory Vadnais, adjutant general of the Michigan National Guard and director of the Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, and PFC Ian T. Cunningham of Northville, who enlisted in the Michigan National Guard in August 2013, completed training in May and will be attending Central Michigan University in the fall to study criminal justice.
Eligible educational institutions include public and private colleges, universities, vocational schools, technical schools or trade schools that are located in Michigan. The tuition assistance could also be used for instructional fees, laboratory fees, computer fees and other fees directly related to course work, but does not include the cost of books or study materials.
The program will be administered through the Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs by the adjutant general, who would have jurisdiction to approve applications based on eligibility and available funding resources.
Online video of Rendon and the bill signing ceremony is available on the lawmaker’s website at www.repbrucerendon.com.