Monday, December 14, 2015

Bevin: Schools will front tuition for guard members

(AP) — Gov. Matt Bevin says Kentucky universities and community college presidents have agreed to admit National Guard members until the state can reimburse the schools for their tuition.

Bevin's office said in a news release Monday that the $5.3 million program is about $1 million to $2 million short of the amount needed to cover all the requested assistance.

Last week, the guard said applications for assistance spiked this year and it had to deny 696 guard members funds for the spring semester.

On Monday, House leaders asked Bevin to add more money to the program. They said in a letter that denying the tuition to guard members would send the wrong message.

Bevin's office said his administration is looking at funding in the current budget and the budget for the upcoming session.