Students Should Worry About Donald Trump’s Proposed Work-Study Cut, Experts Say

"Jenna Rappel works as a main desk assistant in the DellPlain residence hall at Syracuse University, answering phone calls, organizing mail and handling other administrative jobs at the dorm. Rappel, a freshman retail management major, said she might not be attending SU if it wasn’t for this work-study job," The Daily Orange reports.
 
"But jobs like these are in jeopardy. The Trump administration on March 16 released its 2018 budget proposal, which called for the federal work-study program’s funding to be cut 'significantly.' The budget didn’t give any specific figures on how much funding would be cut. ...
 
Due to the vague wording in the budget proposal, no expert could exactly say how much funding might be cut from work-study programs. It is also unclear how any cuts would affect SU specifically. ...
 
Stephen Payne, assistant director of federal relations at the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, said he is also concerned about Trump’s proposal. ...
 
The federal government gives out money for work-study programs at colleges using a formula that considers the number of students who need aid at a given school, the cost of tuition and how long the school has been part of the nationwide work-study program.
 
This formula tends to benefit older institutions – including many private four-year schools like SU – over public universities and community colleges where enrollment has increased recently, Payne said.
 
'Because of the … way the program is designed, it’s not fair to say that if there’s a 50 percent (cut) to work-study funding, that there would be a 50 percent cut on every campus,' Payne said.
 
In addition to the overall funding cuts, Trump’s budget proposes to change the federal work-study funding formula ­— what the budget calls a 'poorly-targeted allocation.' What that change might be is not specified in the budget.
 
'I think that a significant cut to the federal work-study program will be devastating to students who rely on those funds to not only pursue a college education, but also … to have the opportunity to gain valuable work experience,' Payne said."
 
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Publication Date: 4/3/2017

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