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Shutdown affects UNCP students
By Sherry Jacobs Advertising Manager
October 10, 2013
The shutdown of the federal government caused some UNCP students to withdraw from classes on Oct. 1.
According to Campus Administrative Coordinator at the UNCP Ft. Bragg Military Installation Tiffany Dalmida, only two students have dropped classes that began after Oct. 1.
These students are receiving Military Tuition Assistance. It covers 100 percent of tuition based on the eligibility of the members of the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and Coast Guard.
“I use Military Tuition Assistance to pay for class, so I was told that until the government pays the school student loans will be held,” senior Mary Watterson said.
“Weekend drills have been cancelled, so the ability to train and make a little extra money has been suspended,” Watterson said.
Watterson received an email from the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) stating that if the government shutdown continues into November disability checks to veterans, the GI Bill and other veteran benefits will halt.
“The student loan money is what I am living off, so not being able to get it or training pay puts me in a bind to pay my bills,” Watterson said.
The president has signed the “Pay our Military Act,” so some personnel will get paid but not until the budget is passed.
This doesn’t include training.
Students receiving financial aid and federal loans will still receive their money, according to Assistant Director Veterans Certifying Official/Veterans Counselor Lee Hammonds.
Students are handled on a case by case basis. Some of the money, such as funding for Chapter 33 benefits, may take a little longer for some students to receive.
The funds are processed by federal government employees who have been furloughed. Therefore, they do not have as many people working on processing loans and benefits, according to Hammonds.
According to Hammonds, the Military Tuition Assistance is the only program that has been suspended until further notice.
Hammonds said that students will not be affected in any other way.
They will still receive all money they are entitled to.
GoArmyEd on hold
GoArmyEd posted an urgent message on their website stating that Congress has not passed either a budget or a Continuing Resolution (CR) to fund the government for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2014.
Tuition Assistance for classes starting on or after Oct. 1 have been suspended until further notice.
All soldier accounts in GoArmyEd have been placed on hold, and they will not be able to process any new tuition assistance requests until either a budget or CR is approved by Congress and signed by the president.
Ft. Bragg Education Center
The Ft. Bragg Education Center returned to work on Oct. 7 after being furloughed on Oct. 1.
They give guidance to military personnel to help them choose school, decide how to use benefits, discuss the differences in state-run versus private-run schools and provide any other information that they may need.
They work with UNCP Ft. Bragg Military Installation when personnel choose to attend.