State Shutdown Leaves Some Veterans Unable to Pay for College

By KBJR News 1

State Shutdown Leaves Some Veterans Unable to Pay for College

July 11, 2011 Updated Jul 11, 2011 at 4:40 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (The Northland's NewsCenter) - As of July first, veterans who were expecting payments from the State Tuition Reimbursement Program will have to wait until the government is up and running.

The State Tuition Reimbursement Program pays service members back up to 100 percent of the cost of tuition.

The employees responsible for processing payments and administering the program were laid off at the beginning of the month.

Veteran's affairs offices processed as many payment requests as possible before the shutdown, but those who are applying now or expecting a payment will not receive one.

Officials say the money has been obligated to them so they will still receive a check when the government resumes, but until then, some veterans could be without as much as $4500.

written for the web by Chris Axelson
caxelson@northlandsnewscenter.com

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