Guard Strips Tuition Funding for ROTC Scholarship Students

FARGO, N.D. — Some National Guard students attending North Dakota colleges on ROTC scholarships are scrambling to find ways to stay in school after the state Guard announced it could no longer fund its share of the program.

The students were expecting free tuition that for years has been covered by a combination of federal and state funds. Lee Bushaw, the Guard’s education services officer, said the state no longer has enough money to cover a shortfall created by both tuition increases and a decline in federal support. Students could be out as much as $5,000 for the spring semester.

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