Lincoln Sailors Learn about Tuition Assistance Changes


Story Number: NNS140114-01Release Date: 1/14/2014 9:43:00 AM
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By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Rob Ferrone, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS) -- Sailors assigned to the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) looking to advance their educational careers will have to make sure their Tuition Assistance (TA) applications have been approved before classes start.

Sailors will no longer be able to start classes before their TA applications are approved.

Chief Warrant Officer 2 Telly Myles, educational services officer aboard USS Abraham Lincoln, emphasized the importance of Sailors turning their TA paperwork in with plenty of time to have it approved.

"It's not necessarily a change, they're just enforcing their policy," Myles said. "Let's say your classes started yesterday and you're just now submitting your TA, normally they would go in and approve it. But now they're saying if your classes already started, and you submit your TA, we're not approving it."

Tuition Assistance will continue to offer coverage on 100 percent of tuition costs, not to exceed $250 per semester hour.

Sailors must be at their first command for a full year before applying, and Lincoln Sailors are required to have their surface warfare pin, Myles said.

In return, the Navy College just wants the paperwork on time.

"Don't wait until the last minute," Myles said. "Whatever degree you're going for, your counselor will put in black and white whatever courses you need. Just get your paperwork in on time."

Lincoln is currently undergoing a refueling and complex overhaul (RCOH) at Newport News Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries.

Lincoln is the fifth ship of the Nimitz class to undergo a RCOH, a major life-cycle milestone. Once RCOH is complete, Lincoln will be one of the most modern and technologically advanced Nimitz-class aircraft carriers in the fleet and will continue to be a vital part of the nation's defense.

For more news from USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), visit www.navy.mil/local/cvn72/.

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