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The Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel Readiness provides overall policy guidelines for voluntary education programs in the Department of Defense. These responsibilities are accomplished through the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Military Community and Family Policy and the Chief of Continuing Education in the Educational Opportunities Directorate. 


Application for DoD MOU

The revision to the Department of Defense Instruction (DoDI) 1322.25, "Voluntary Education Programs," includes an appendix containing the DoD Voluntary Education Partnership Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between DoD Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness (USD(P&R)) and educational institutions.  DoD policy requires educational institutions that wish to participate in the DoD Tuition Assistance (TA) Program to sign an MOU conveying the commitments and agreements between the educational institution and DoD prior to an educational institution receiving funds from a service's TA program. The memorandum and a list of educational institutions that have signed can be found at www.dodmou.com. 


To get started with the DoD MOU Verification Application, follow these three steps:

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 Effective September 6, 2014

Effective September 6, 2014, all educational institutions must adhere to the following guidelines to apply for the DoD MOU program and be authorized to participate in the military tuition assistance (TA) program:
  • Institution must be accredited by a national or regional accrediting body recognized by the ED;
  • Certified to participate in federal student aid programs through the ED under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965;
  • VA approved.
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