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Federal Tuition Cut for Army National Guard

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For 19 year old Andrew Nicklay, enrolling in the North Dakota Army National Guard was an easy decision. "I enrolled because I want to go to college and further my education. It's also a tradition on my dad's side of the family," says Nicklay.

The National Guard pays your way through college with assistance from both the state and federal funds. "I'm getting a four year degree at UND," says Nicklay. But Drew's not the only one in the National Guard looking forward to federal assistance. 840 guardsman look forward to the money bringing in $3,000,000 to the state.

 But because of sequestration cuts, all of this million of dollars is erased. "We got an email saying it was cut," says Nicklay. The news left guardsman like Andrew looking for ways to cover the unexpected loss in funds. "Anyone looking this fall for college will be affected," says Nicklay. Deputy Public Information officer Amy Wieser-Wilson says thankfully there are some other options. "There are a lot of other benefits like the G. I. bill, grants and loans and those types of things."

 For Nicklay, he's looking into all of the other opportunities, because he says nothing is stopping him from getting a degree.

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