It is a stressful time for Northeastern University students who are also active-duty service members. The Pentagon has suspended tuition assistance funding as a result of the government shutdown.
There’s a lot of uncertainty,” said Lt. Col. Blaise Gallahue, who leads Northeastern’s ROTC program. “We are just hoping those decisions get made soon and quickly and that the pieces fall into place so that they can continue to go to school.”
The funding freeze will immediately impact some two dozen students in the College of Professional Studies. But there are a total of 100 active-duty service members at Northeastern and 300,000 students nationwide potentially at risk.
“We ask them to defend us, to protect us. The least we can do is to offer them a bright future,” said Northeastern University President Joseph Aoun. “We are playing Russian roulette with their future, and that’s totally unacceptable.”
Northeastern’s president has fired off a letter to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. Aoun wants the program reactivated as quickly as possible.