Due to the federal government shutdown, many active duty and active reserve military personnel are left without the ability to pay for their college classes. In an effort to relieve this hardship for its seated and online students in the military, Drury University is deferring payment for students who are affected by the shutdown.

Affected students may defer tuition charges for the term that begins Oct. 21 while they seek other funding. For those who are affected and unable to secure other financial assistance, Drury offers an extended payment plan.

To obtain assistance for the October 2013 academic session, affected students must:

• Apply for or have a current FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) on file.

Affected students will have:

• The opportunity to enroll in an extended payment plan, with the first payment due Dec. 2, 2013, and the last payment will be due on April 1, 2014.

“Drury University is committed to a student-centered approach,” said Aaron Jones, director of Drury’s College of Continuing Professional Studies. “Working with our students who are serving our country is a key component of that commitment. We hope that providing some additional flexibility for the students affected by the suspension of tuition assistance will make it easier for those students to avoid an interruption in their studies.”

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