Budget cuts suspend tuition aid for Oregon Guard

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SALEM, Ore. — The automatic federal budget cuts known as the sequester have put a hold on a college tuition aid program for the National Guard, cutting off assistance to 350 members in the Oregon Guard.

KATU-TV reports that 47 more soldiers were enrolled for class before the aid was cut off, but their benefits may not last past the spring term if the sequestration cuts remain in effect.

The Guard says the assistance program has been suspended

Oregon soldiers received more than $2 million in tuition assistance in the last fiscal year.

A spokesman, Capt. Stephen Bomar, says the aid is not part of the Guard members' contracts, so it's not guaranteed. He calls the cuts disappointing.