Governor Rick Snyder of Michigan
“This is one of the key ways we can give back to those who make countless sacrifices on our behalf,” Snyder said. “This legislation will help our guard members connect with the tools they need to thrive in their chosen professional fields while creating the talent Michigan needs to fill in-demand jobs.”
House Bill 5451, sponsored by state Rep. Bruce Rendon, creates the Michigan National Guard Tuition Assistance Act and the Michigan National Guard Tuition Assistance Fund. Together, they will help cover continuing education costs for National Guard members. The assistance can be used for any college, university or vocational, technical or trade school in the state.
“These benefits will help transition our National Guard members from their dedicated time in the service to the civilian workforce,” said Rendon. “It’s important we keep our talent in Michigan. Military members have strong work ethics and great leadership skills. Further education will build on these characteristics.”
Under the new National Guard Tuition Assistance Act:
"Tuition assistance is a tremendous tool for our team and will assist in our efforts to recruit and retain the best and brightest soldiers and airmen," said Maj. Gen. Gregory Vadnais, the adjutant general of the Michigan National Guard and director of the Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. "For the Michigan National Guard, this boils down to readiness."
Michigan was one of seven states not providing tuition assistance to National Guard Members. The governor called for the tuition assistance program as part of his FY 2015 budget recommendation. Nearly $5 million is appropriated for the fund which will be located in the Department of Treasury and capped at $10 million.
The bill is now Public Act 259 of 2014.
For more information, visit legislature.michigan.gov.