The Pentagon’s deci­sion to sus­pend tuition assis­tance because of the gov­ern­ment shut­down prompted North­eastern Uni­ver­sity pres­i­dent Joseph E. Aoun to send a strongly worded letter Sunday to Defense Sec­re­tary Chuck Hagel in a plea to rein­state the aid for active-​​duty ser­vice members.

The cutoff affects as many as two dozen ser­vice mem­bers who plan to begin classes at North­eastern next week and may be forced to with­draw, uni­ver­sity offi­cials said.

We are extremely dis­mayed by reports from ser­vice mem­bers that some branches of the ser­vice have advised stu­dents not to enroll in classes begin­ning after Oct. 1, or to with­draw from their cur­rent pro­grams,” Aoun wrote.

Our active-​​duty mil­i­tary, Reserve, and National Guard mem­bers 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.”

More than 100 active-​​duty ser­vice mem­bers are enrolled at North­eastern, and most of them already have received tuition assis­tance for classes that began in Sep­tember. But up to two dozen stu­dents at the Col­lege of Pro­fes­sional Studies now find their plans upended by the shut­down, said Anthony Erwin, dean for stu­dent finan­cial services.

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