Shutdown causes headaches for military students

Oct 4, 2013

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Military students who rely on federal funding to pay for college are facing headaches because of the government shutdown.

University of Missouri-Columbia Veterans Center director Carol Fleisher says students who are in the reserves or the National Guard had their military tuition assistance halted as of Tuesday. She told the Columbia Missourian that if the shutdown continues, students who benefit from the GI Bill will have their tuition assistance stopped as of Oct. 31.

Fleisher says the University of Missouri will assist military students in the event the shutdown is extended.

Columbia College says it will offer a six-month repayment plan to students who are eligible for military tuition assistance and who have applied for or have on file a current Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA.