National Uni­ver­sity in San Diego announced Tuesday it would pay the tuition costs for its active-​​duty mil­i­tary stu­dents during October and November while the fed­eral gov­ern­ment remains shut down. The shut­down has halted mil­i­tary tuition assis­tance pro­grams, and each branch of the armed forces remains unable to process appli­ca­tions until Con­gress passes a spending measure.

We are not going to allow a gov­ern­ment shut­down to adversely impact the aca­d­emic pur­suits of our active duty mil­i­tary stu­dents,” NU Pres­i­dent Michael Cun­ningham said in a state­ment. “Our nation has a shortage of cit­i­zens with four-​​year and advanced degrees. To main­tain our posi­tion in the global economy we must con­tinue to ensure those who want to pursue a degree have the oppor­tu­nity to do so, espe­cially those who have served our country so honorably.”

Mil­i­tary mem­bers make up nearly 13 per­cent of NU’s 30,000 stu­dents. The uni­ver­sity was founded in 1971 by David Chigos, a retired United States Navy lieu­tenant commander.

A number of other col­leges have announced sim­ilar tuition help. City Uni­ver­sity of Seattle, a pri­vate insti­tu­tion, said it will not hold active-​​duty mil­i­tary mem­bersfinan­cially respon­sible for classes taken during their fall quarter, if tuition assis­tance is not pro­vided retroac­tively. Joseph Aoun, pres­i­dent of North­eastern Uni­ver­sity in Boston, announced his school will not hold active-​​duty mem­bers of the armed forces “respon­sible for tuition charges incurred as a result of the shut­down for the time being.”

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