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.


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