An amendment to restore tuition assistance for service members, introduced by Sens. Kay R. Hagan and Jim Inhofe, passed the Senate on Wednesday.
The House is expected to pass the legislation without further changes as soon as today.
“I’m proud to have worked with Senator Inhofe to restore tuition assistance for our service members who sacrifice so much for our country day in and day out,” Hagan said in a statement. “We cannot balance our budget on the backs of service members, and this amendment to restore tuition assistance will help us keep the promises we’ve made to them.”
The program, which provides money for college to active-duty service members, had been a victim of sequestration. Though current enrollees to the program would not have been affected, new registrations would not have been permitted.
According to Hagan’s office, about 300,000 service members participated in the program in fiscal year 2012, with about 50,000 earning degrees or certificates through the program.