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Sequestration Impact: Army Suspends Tuition Assistance

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Army tuition assistance is the latest cut from the federal Sequester.

Previously, soldiers could receive up to $4,500 per year to earn an advanced degree beyond a high school diploma. The tuition funds helped defray costs for soldiers who have not earned their GI Bill benefits.

Now, soldiers already in the program will still receive their education subsidy, but any new course work will have to be paid out of their own pocket.

Iowa Congressman Dave Loebsack says the only bright side is that the Sequester cannot touch other education benefits.

"At least it doesn't affect the Post-9/11 GI Bill, or the GI Bill itself," he said.

"That is in the Veterans Affairs department and that's not affected by Sequester," Loebsack went on to explain.

The Marine Corps has also suspended its tuition assistance program.

The Navy and Air Force have not announced any changes to theirs.

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