Until about two weeks ago, active duty armed service members could count on $4,500 a year to help pay for college tuition. But with the military suspending the benefit because of sequestration, Southern New Hampshire University is trying to bridge that gap.
The school is offering active duty students a scholarship for one class next term. Military Academic Advisor Jessica Higgins says it’s intended to buy them time to find other aid. While the GI bill pays for a veteran’s education after leaving active duty, she says it’s not a cure-all.
“They do have the option to give the GI bill to a spouse or to their children, so a lot of them, because they were relying on tuition assistance, they’ve already given their GI bill benefits away," Higgins says.
She says she expects some military students will apply to get federal financial aid. Southern New Hampshire University has more than 800 active duty students.