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Sequester Could Slash Work Study Funds

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — Josue Guerra doesn’t really know how he’d get by without his work study job as a tour guide at American International College. “I would have to find something on the weekends, maybe something like work the graveyard shift at the Mass Pike, like do the tolls  or something, do something a little bit unnecessary just to get that extra money in my pocket,” Guerra said.

The job only pays $8 an hour but it fits into his schedule.

Calling Josue busy is an understatement. He’s also a resident assistant, rugby player, and member of the Latino American Student Organization, so it helps not having to worry about how he’ll pay for his next meal. “I think anything that can help my parents save a little few bucks on pizza or groceries, I think really helps out, and just to have money for a student here because you know, obviously students here aren’t getting paid a lot,” Guerra added.

Not only could sequestration affect current students like Josue, but those who are thinking about going to college. “For some students, every dollar is really critical. So any cuts in student aid impact a student’s potential enrollment. For a student who is eligible for a Pell grant, even a hundred dollar cut can be huge if your family contribution is less than $100, you can’t afford anything,” said Dr. Linda Dagradi, AIC’s VP of Enrollment Services.

Even though AIC doesn’t have any concrete numbers on the sequester’s impact just yet, ork study cuts aren’t the only obstacles students could face.  “Federal student loan fees which will go up about a percentage or so, even though they may get the same awards, but it will be less of a net dispersement because those loan fees will be extracted,” she added.

Dr. Dagradi adds that student aid awarded this year won’t change,but will start to see changes in aid for the 2013-14 school year.

Over 500 lower income students would no longer receive aid, and 800 fewer students would get work study jobs here in Massachusetts.

Josue Guerra doesn’t really know how he’d get by without his work study job as a tour guide at American International College.

 

“I would have to find something on the weekends, maybe something like work the graveyard shift at the Mass Pike, like do the tolls  or something, do something a little bit unnecessary just to get that extra money in my pocket,” Guerra said.

 

The job only pays $8 an hour but it fits into his schedule. 

Calling Josue busy is an understatement. He’s also a resident assistant, rugby player, and member of the Latino American Student Organization, so it helps not having to worry about how he’ll pay for his next meal. “I think anything that can help my parents save a little few bucks on pizza or groceries, I think really helps out, and just to have money for a student here because you know, obviously students here aren’t getting paid a lot,” Guerra added.

 

Not only could sequestration affect current students like Josue, but those who are thinking about going to college. “For some students, every dollar is really critical. So any cuts in student aid impact a student’s potential enrollment. For a student who is eligible for a Pell grant, even a hundred dollar cut can be huge if your family contribution is less than $100, you can’t afford anything,” said Dr. Linda Dagradi, AIC’s VP of Enrollment Services.

 

Even though AIC doesn’t have any concrete numbers on the sequester’s impact just yet, ork study cuts aren’t the only obstacles students could face.  “Federal student loan fees which will go up about a percentage or so, even though they may get the same awards, but it will be less of a net dispersement because those loan fees will be extracted,” she added.

 

Dr. Dagradi adds that student aid awarded this year won’t change,but will start to see changes in aid for the 2013-14 school year.

Over 500 lower income students would no longer receive aid, and 800 fewer students would get work study jobs here in Massachusetts.

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