When the government shutdown caused a disruption in military tuition assistance, Northeastern University immediately sprung to action to help their students.

The more than 100 active service members enrolled at Northeastern, which is located in Boston, were assured right away that the university would help cover the financial assistance needed to keep these students in school while their military benefits are frozen.

“Our active duty military, Reserve, and National Guard members who put their lives on the line to protect us deserve far better from their country than to be prevented from accessing the higher education benefits they were promised,” Northeastern University President Joseph E. Aoun wrote in a letter to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.

Aoun’s letter encourages the Department of Defense to reverse the decision to stop processing military tuition assistance during the government shutdown. After hearing reports that some branches of the military were advising students to withdraw from classes or not enroll after Oct. 1, Aoun was moved to action.