The Army announced today the suspension of its tuition assistance program, which helps active-duty and reserve soldiers pay for college courses and other education opportunities.

According to a statement released on GOArmyEd website Friday, soldiers will no longer be permitted to submit new requests for tuition assistance. The suspension applies to all components, including the Army Reserve and National Guard. Soldiers currently enrolled in approved tuition assistance courses will not be affected by the suspension of the program, and will be allowed to complete current course enrollment.

The tuition assistance program was created to help troops to complete a high school diploma, certificate program or a college degree. Under the auspices of that program, the Army pays 100 percent of the tuition and authorized fees charged by a participating school up to $250 per credit hour or $4,500 per year.

The suspension of the program is the result of the military attempting to cope with steep automatic budget cuts, or sequestration, triggered late last week, according to the statement.

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