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Automatic cuts hit pocketbooks of some KU students

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) -- Automatic federal spending cuts that took effect this month are hurting some U.S. military service members taking college courses, including 64 at the University of Kansas.

The Army, Air Force and Marine Corps have suspended tuition assistance programs for active-duty, reserve or National Guard service members because of cuts that went into effect March 1.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports (http://bit.ly/ZElJM6 ) a University of Kansas spokesman says students who enrolled in spring classes won't lose the funding they already were awarded.

It's unclear whether future classes of students will be able to apply for tuition assistance, which can be as much as $4,500 per year.

Two U.S. senators are pushing this week for an amendment to restore the tuition assistance programs.