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Army & Marines Suspend College Tuition Assistance

Another victim of federal budget cuts made by sequestration are members of the military attending colleges and universities.

Tuition assistance for those in the Army and Marines has been suspended. This applies to students serving in active duty as well as guard and reserve units.

The director of the Veteran Resource and Support Center at A&M says this will not affect students currently enrolled, which includes roughly 115 members of the Army. But retired Marine Colonel Jerry Smith says there are 43 students headed to Army basic training this summer who were counting on tuition assistance next fall.

Smith says his office has been working with A&M’s Veterans Services Office, which handles scholarships and financial aid, and the campus ROTC units to identify the scope of the problem.

Smith says VA benefits have not been affected by sequestration.

Military students at A&M who feel their financial aid is in jeopardy are encouraged to visit Veterans Services Office, which is part of the Scholarships and Financial Aid department on the second floor of the Pavillion.

JerrySmith030813.mp3WTAW’s Bill Oliver visits with Jerry Smith.


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Posted by on Mar 8 2013. Filed under Featured Stories, News.
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