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March 08, 2013 4:18 PM Army and Marine Corps Suspend Tuition Assistance Program

By Daniel Luzer

Here’s what sequestration really does.

According to a press release issued Friday by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities:

The Marines and Army have suspended active duty tuition assistance programs indefinitely as a result of sequestration. Both branches have indicated that no new awards will be funded; however, any course enrollments currently in progress or approved prior to the cut-off date will be honored. At this time, it is unclear whether the other branches of the military will follow a similar path.

Tuition assistance is the education benefit paid to active-duty members of the American armed forces to allow them to take college courses during off-duty hours at no cost to themselves.

The education benefit, of course, is one of the primary reasons Americans have for joining the military in the first place. Certainly the “earn money for college” slogan is one of the main advertising slogans used by military recruiters.

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer