Opinion: Congress Shouldn't Gamble With Student Aid
"If you have any connection to federal student aid, whether through the work study program or various grants, the sequester – or large federal spending cuts across the board – could directly affect you," The GW Hatchet reports. "In the aftermath of the 2011 debt ceiling crisis, Congress proposed a series of steep budget cuts and tax increases to take effect this year that would serve as a deadline for forging some sort of compromise on the federal budget. Facing this loaded gun of economic danger, Congress compromised last month on the issue of tax rates. But they couldn’t agree on spending cuts and ultimately delayed their onset. As a result, massive spending cuts are set to take effect March 1, unless Congress can cut through the gridlock and compromise. Tell your representative in Congress that, in a time when a college education is so vital to a person’s economic future, we can’t afford cuts to programs that make equal opportunity to education possible. ... And while Pell Grants are protected from cuts in the short term, “sequestration is a multi-year process and does not protect Pell beyond the first year,” according to a September 2012 report issued by the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators."
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