Coast Guard and UMass Boston sign memorandum of agreement

Members of the U.S. Coast Guard and UMass Boston gather at the Integrated Sciences Complex after signing a memorandum of agreement between the two groups. The agreement has mutual benefits to assist college students as well as recruiting efforts by the Coast Guard. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer Third Class Ryan L. Noel)

Members of the U.S. Coast Guard and UMass Boston gather at the Integrated Sciences Complex after signing a memorandum of agreement between the two groups.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer Third Class Ryan L. Noel)

BOSTON — Members of the U.S. Coast Guard and officials from University of Massachusetts Boston signed a Memorandum of Agreement, Wednesday at the Integrated Sciences Complex at UMass Boston.

This agreement is designed to optimize outreach, increase engagement efforts, and promote synergy between the Coast Guard’s overall civilian and military officer recruiting effort.

It will also assist UMASS Boston by providing additional tuition saving choices for students and academic solutions for faculty and professors.

Central to the agreement, the Coast Guard offers scholarship and loan forgiveness programs, such as the College Student Pre-Commissioning Initiative (CSPI), which provides selected students with full tuition for up to two academic years and Coast Guard active-duty benefits and pay (up to $3,600 monthly) during their junior and senior years of college.

It also provides students with valuable leadership, management, law enforcement, navigation and marine science skills and training.

College seniors who enlist in the Coast Guard could also have up to $60,000 in student loan debt forgiven through the CSPI Student Loan Repayment Program.

Rear Adm. Andrew J. Tiongson, Commander, First Coast Guard District, and Katherine S. Newman, Interim Chancellor of University of Massachusetts Boston, signed the memorandum during a ceremony attended by members of the Coast Guard as well as administrative staff & students from the university.

More information about the Coast Guard Minority Serving Institution Partnership Program can be accessed here: Minority Serving Institutions (MSI) Partnership Program


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