CSU will cover costs for military students caught in government shutdown

School will provide more than $33,000 in tuition and fees

mrice@ledger-enquirer.comNovember 6, 2013 

The main entrance of Columbus State University main campus off of University Avenue.

JOE PAULL — jpaull@ledger-enquirer.com

Here's another reason Columbus State University is considered a "Military Friendly School."

Thanks to private scholarship funds, CSU is covering more than $33,000 in tuition and fees for about 50 military students who were caught in last month's partial shutdown of the federal government, the university announced Tuesday.

Financial aid for military students was suspended during the shut down, but CSU officials encouraged them to register and attend classes as usual because they assumed those costs would be paid retroactively when the government returned to work. But after GoArmyEd was reinstated Oct. 17, that didn't happen.

CSU officials, however, found a way to not stick the military students with the bill.

"It was the right thing to do," CSU President Tim Mescon said in a news release. "Fortunately, we have an amazing tradition of private support here, so we were able to find some privately funded scholarships for these students."

About 10 percent of CSU's enrollment of approximately 8,200 students is military-related, the release said, including active duty, veterans or spouses of military students. Other military-friendly initiatives at CSU the past several years include:

• More online programs.

• Academic credit for military leaders who completed the Captains Career Course.

• Establishment of a CSU office at nearby Fort Benning.

• Expansion of a campus Veterans Affairs office.

• Approved as a university where veterans can apply their educational benefits through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' Yellow Ribbon Program.

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