Webster to offer financial help to military students

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By Kelly Cantrall

A local university is stepping up to assist students who have been impacted by recent federal cuts.

Webster University, which has a location in the Regional Education Center in Radcliff, will be helping some of its military students after learning students receiving tuition assistance through the U.S. Marines or the Army will be losing the money because of the sequestration.

The university will absorb costs that would have been covered by the tuition assistance so students won’t have to take a financial hit to stay in school. Students would receive scholarships through the Military Tuition Assistance Program, which will stay in place until the military tuition assistance is back in place. It will apply to the Spring II term, which begins Monday, and the Summer term, which starts June 29.

The scholarships will give students up to $250 a credit hour to replace the tuition assistance the students were receiving from the Department of Defense.

Tammy Burke, community relations coordinator for the local Webster campus, said school officials learned recently students would be affected in this way. Webster is consistently ranked as a “military-friendly” school, she said, and this was a way to continue its outreach to that community.

The program is good for students and the university because it helps keep students enrolled.

“If someone’s education gets disrupted, who knows if they’ll continue?” she said.

The MTAP program will affect about 3,600 students in total, and about 10 students, or about one-fourth of enrolled students, at the Radcliff campus.

Students will be charged the full tuition and then will receive a credit for the amount covered by the MTAP scholarship.

Students needing information about the program should contact the university. New students need to call Monday because the term begins at that day, Burke said. They can contact the school at (502) 896-1835 or fortknox@webster.edu.

Kelly Cantrall can be reached at (270) 505-1747 or kcantrall@thenewsenterprise.com.