Federal cuts impact military students at UofL, nationwide

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by Brittany Gonzalez

WHAS11.com

Posted on March 12, 2013 at 11:50 PM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 13 at 12:01 AM

(WHAS11) -- Kentuckiana students are now starting to feel the effect of federal spending cuts. Tuition assistance programs for active duty military personnel no longer exist.

Over the last few days the US Army, Marine Corps, US Coast Guard, and Air Force have announced the end of the tuition program, which covers up to $4,500 a year in tuition, because of billions cut in federal spending since March 1.

Currently about 80 students use the program at the University of Louisville, but after this semester ends no new applications for aid will be accepted.

It’s a frustrating decision for many veterans that benefited from the program in the past. 

"I filled out a form. I turned it in, and my college was paid for," Army veteran Bjorn Hale said.
 
Hale said military personnel put their lives on the line and the tuition assistance was a perk.

"Just day in and day out when you factor in the hours they work they are almost making less than minimum wage especially in a deployment zone," Hale said.

Joe Dablow works in the office of enrollment and has also used the tuition program himself as a member of the Navy.

“The vast majority of the students that are using this tuition assistance program it covers their tuition entirely," Dablow said.

At this point Dablow said it's too early to tell how the cut will effect enrollment at the University of Louisville, but according to Dablow, if enrollment drops that also means a drop in revenue for the school.

Active military personnel may still qualify for assistance for aid under the GI Bill, which is not affect by these cuts.
 

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