For Immediate Release
July 2, 2014
Contact: Jennifer Murray
LANSING, Mich.—Sen. Patrick Colbeck, R-Canton, (back, second from left) met with Gov. Rick Snyder (seated, center) and Pfc. Ian T. Cunningham (left) of the U.S. Army Tuesday at the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs headquarters in Lansing for the signing of Michigan National Guard State Tuition Assistance legislation.
House Bill 5451, introduced by Rep. Bruce Rendon, R-Lake City, creates the Michigan National Guard Tuition Assistance Act to establish a program that would allow members of the Michigan National Guard to receive tuition assistance of up to $4,500 per academic year at educational institutions in Michigan. The measure also creates the Michigan National Guard Tuition Assistance Fund within the State Treasury. The program will be administered under the direction of the Adjutant General of the Michigan National Guard.
“Michigan was one of only 7 states in the nation that did not provide tuition assistance for Guard members,” said Colbeck. “This program will not only assist in the retention of excellent service members such as Pfc. Cunningham from Northville, it will provide these members with educational opportunities between deployments that keep our fighting forces the best and the brightest in the world.”
Colbeck was joined at the bill signing by Pfc. Ian T. Cunningham, a member of the United States Army. From Northville, Cunningham graduated from Northville High School in 2011 and enlisted in the Army in August 2013. Cunningham will attend CMU in the fall and will be directly benefited from this legislation.
HB 5451 was signed by Gov. Snyder and is now Public Act 259 of 2014.