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.