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The government shutdown has forced the suspension of the military's Tuition Assistance program, which may force some troops to pay for classes out of their own pockets.

Each branch of the military cut off TA applications on Oct. 1, the first day of the shutdown.  The moratorium, which is not impacted by the Pay Our Military Act, will stay in place until Congress reaches an agreement on spending for the new fiscal year.

"That means that any approved Tuition Assistance requests for classes that start during the shutdown are essentially void, and soldiers may incur debt if they attend those classes," according to the Army’s GoArmyEd website. 

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