Sequester Work-Study Cuts
Updated: Friday, March 1 2013, 10:33 PM EST
The scheduled budget cuts could affect whether some students can continue to attend universities and community colleges.
They can earn as much as $8 an hour and $2,000 a year in the work study program. The federal government supports programs that provide part of some students’ tuition and living expenses here at AB Tech in Asheville. But those benefits suffer some deep cuts because of the mandatory federal reductions.
One student says work-study money helps her stay in school as she supports two children and works a full-time job. She wants to open her own female-operated auto repair shop. She says cutting this program is likely to limit her goals of creating a small business.
If there’s no agreement in Washington, D.C. about the cuts, AB Tech officials say they’ll start warning students in April about whether the work-study grants will be available.
By Sherrill Barber
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