Proposed Budget Cuts Threaten Students' Federal Work-Study Programs

"In between her classes in social work, Francine Barone drives twice each week to homes near Community College of Allegheny County’s South Campus to look after elderly women who only months ago were strangers to her. ... She fully expected that her $9-an-hour federal work-study job would give a glimpse into her chosen field and some extra income as she pursued a degree at CCAC," the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

"More than half a million college students across America hold down part-time federal work-study jobs, and while many are on campus, others like Ms. Barone go out into the community, some in partnership with service organizations.

But funding for hers and other work-study jobs may be facing sharp cuts.

President Donald Trump indicated as much in his administration’s federal budget document 'America First: A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again.' Without providing a dollar figure, the early draft spending plan for 2018 says work-study spending would be reduced 'significantly' and that a 'poorly targeted' allocation would be modified 'to ensure funds go to undergraduate students who would benefit most.' It did not specify how. ...

In 2013-14, the most current year available, 671,000 students received work-study awards averaging $1,669, according to a 2016 report by the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA)."

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Publication Date: 3/28/2017

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