LANSING, Mich., March 14, 2023 — State Rep. Jennifer Conlin (D-Ann Arbor Charter Township) testified today in support of House Bill 4199 in the House Military, Veterans, and Homeland Security Committee. The bill would amend the Michigan National Guard Tuition Assistance Act to allow eligible National Guard service members to transfer their Michigan National Guard State Tuition Assistance Program benefits to an eligible spouse and/or dependent.
“One of my top priorities when I entered the Legislature was to ensure that veterans and their families received the support they need to thrive,” Conlin said. “Extending access to tuition assistance to spouses and children is a powerful way that we, as a society, can express our gratitude for the service of members of the National Guard.”
The National Guard Tuition Assistance Program helps eligible members of the Michigan National Guard pay for vocational or technical training, a certificate, or their first associate, bachelor or master’s degree. The bill also would increase the maximum balance of the National Guard Tuition Assistance Fund from $10 to $15 million.
The House Military, Veterans, and Homeland Security Committee voted unanimously in favor of the bill, which now moves to the full House for a vote.