As the gov­ern­ment shut­down dragged into a second week, col­lege leaders and mem­bers of Con­gress urged the U.S. Depart­ment of Defense to rein­state its tuition-​​assistance pro­gram, and to let all civilian pro­fes­sors at the ser­vice acad­e­mies return to work.

On Sunday, Joseph E. Aoun, pres­i­dent of North­eastern Uni­ver­sity, sent a letter to the defense sec­re­tary, Chuck Hagel, asking his agency to resume the pro­cessing of appli­ca­tions for its Mil­i­tary Tuition Assis­tance pro­gram, which helps mem­bers of the armed forces attend col­lege. The Defense Depart­ment announced last week that it would not award any aid for classes starting on or after October 1 until Con­gress passed a spending bill. North­eastern has 100 stu­dents affected by the decision.

Mr. Aoun said he was “extremely dis­mayed” that some branches of the mil­i­tary were advising stu­dents to with­draw from their pro­grams or to post­pone enroll­ment until the shut­down ended.

Surely DOD has existing capacity during the gov­ern­ment shut­down to review, process, and approve on a con­tin­gent basis” pending appli­ca­tions for tuition assis­tance, he wrote.


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