Northeastern University President Speaks up for Active Duty Enrollees
Northeastern University, an NEC member, is urging the Department of Defense (DoD) to restore financial aid to active-duty students. The DoD has stopped processing Military Tuition Assistance (TA) program applications and has advised service members to consider withdrawing from current or future classes due to the lack of funding resulting from the government shutdown that began on October 1st. In an October 6 letterto Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel signed by. Northeastern President Dr. Joseph E. Aoun noted that the university currently enrolls over 100 active duty men and women, two dozen of whom may be affected by the lapse in funding as early as next week.
Northeastern University has a long and proud history of promoting public service and educating those brave individuals who choose to serve their country. Northeastern also works daily to improve our national security and protect our military through joint research endeavors with the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security, who regularly provide grant funding and support to the University. In a commendable show of support to those who serve and protect our country, President Aoun has pledged that no active duty member currently enrolled at NU will be responsible for tuition incurred during the government shutdown and hopes to continue that support for as long as he can until the government reopens.
“Our active-duty military, Reserve, and National Guard members who put their lives on the line to protect us deserve far better from their country than to be prevented from accessing the higher education benefits they were promised,” said President Aoun and added that “We believe higher education has an obligation to contribute to the security of our nation, and to support the women and men of the armed forces who serve and protect us.”
The New England Council commends Northeastern for its commitment to those that protect and serve our country and hope to see the swift restoration of funding to the Military Tuition Assistance program.