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College tuition stipends for US airmen suspended

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- The U.S. Air Force has joined other military branches in suspending tuition assistance that thousands of active-duty airmen rely on to pay for college classes.

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Air Force spokeswoman Lt. Col. Laurel Tingley said airmen were notified in an email Tuesday that new applications for tuition assistance won't be accepted because of the $85 billion in federal spending cuts that went into effect March 1.

The U.S. Army, U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Coast Guard suspended their assistance programs last week. A decision by the U.S. Navy is pending.

The tuition assistance programs pay up to $250 per semester hour for active duty personnel, up to $4,500 per year. Military personnel may still qualify for aid under the G.I. Bill, which is not affected.

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