It’s one more example of spreading fallout from the par­tial fed­eral gov­ern­ment shut­down: Some two dozen active-​​duty U.S. mil­i­tary per­sonnel begin­ning classes next week at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity were going to be forced to with­draw from NU’s Col­lege of Pro­fes­sional Studies because their Pen­tagon tuition aid has been shut down.

But Monday, North­eastern pres­i­dent Joseph Aoun pledged: We’ll let you come in for class and worry about get­ting reim­burse­ment later when the gov­ern­ment reopens.

Our active duty mil­i­tary, Reserve, and National Guard mebers who put their lives on the line to pro­tect us deserve far better from their country than to be pre­vented from accessing the higher edu­ca­tion ben­e­fits they were promised,” Aoun wrote in a letter to Defense Sec­re­tary Chuck Hagel. “Surely DoD has existing capacity during the gov­ern­ment shut­down to review, process, and approve on a con­tin­gent basis pending TA appli­ca­tions that meet cur­rent pro­gram guide­lines. This seems all the more likely in light of recent action by Con­gress to pay civilian employees retroac­tively — a mea­sure Pres­i­dent Obama has pledged to sign into law.”

Aoun added: “We believe higher edu­ca­tion has an oblig­a­tion to con­tribute to the secu­rity of our nation, and to sup­port the women and men of the armed forces who serve and pro­tect us.”

One of many NU stu­dents we inter­viewed who was proud of Aoun’s response was Mae Stein­berg, who said, “I think it’s a good idea for some­body to step up. I hope that all the people who are suf­fering from the shut­down have sim­ilar looking out for them.”

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