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AASU helps military students affected by shutdown

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

Armstrong Atlantic State University recently issued emergency financial aid to military students affected by the federal government shutdown.   

Military students nationwide had to withdraw from classes when the shutdown forced the U.S. military to suspend financial aid for active duty service members, according to a university news release.

When Armstrong's flex term began during the shutdown last month, active duty military students at the main campus in Savannah and at the Liberty Center in Hinesville did not receive military tuition assistance. That left students to either drop out of classes or pay out of pocket for them.

Armstrong has more than 1,000 students who are affiliated with the military and of those, more than 600 of whom receive some kind of financial aid.

Armstrong President Dr. Linda M. Bleicken designated $10,000 from the Armstrong Foundation's Benevolence Fund to cover tuition for affected military students, according to the university. The fund is administered through the university's financial aid office to help students in emergency situations.   

A number of military students would have had to sit out this semester without taking classes because their funding was suspended during the recent term. 

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