MADISON (WKOW) -- Classes at Madison college will begin on Monday and some students say school is starting without key support.
A 27 News tip pointed out that Madison College has not signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Department of Defense, which keeps students who are active duty members of the military from accessing some tuition assistance.
According to the DoD website, most other schools in Wisconsin have signed the Voluntary Education partnership MOU and thousands have committed nationwide.
Madison College Enrollment Center Manager William Pena says while they have about 800 veterans at the school, this particular tuition assistance affects less than 10 students.
"We're still actively investigating all of the requirements that would have to be met, the development that would be required, the infrastructure itself and it impacts every aspect of the college," he says.
Pena says each branch of the military has specific requirements for active duty students and the school must look at each one to make sure they can meet the demands.
Pena also tells 27 News the majority of the service members affected have other opportunities to access state or federal aid. "We're directing them to any and every other opportunity that they have to seek and acquire education benefits," he says.
Pena says the school hopes to make a decision on the MOU sometime during the school year but they have already missed the deadline to have it in effect for the fall.
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