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Sequestration Cuts Would Impact Local College Students

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by Chris Conte

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Massive across the board federal sequestration cuts will hit students and colleges hard if lawmakers in Washington D.C. can't come to an agreement by Friday.

Looming federal cuts would impact things like college work study programs, student supports services and federal loans that local university students so desperately depend on to help them get through school.

"Keep us funded. Keep us in school. Keep us educated – that's the most important thing. Keep us out of the welfare line. Keep us in education – that's what's important," says student April Bumpus.

Bumpus is a 28-year-old senior at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville. She is also a mother of two.

"It's very depressing. Obviously I came this far. I'm a senior in college and I've worked very hard to get there and not being able to finish would be devastating," she says.

April says without the loans she needs, she won't be able to go back to school in the fall – putting her nearly-completed English degree in jeopardy.

"If I don't get that money, I don't go to school – period. I don't go to school," she says.

Educators know those cuts would greatly impact their students, as well.

"It's unfortunate that we have our Congress playing chicken at the potential expensive of our future, quite frankly," says H. James Williams, president of Fisk University.

Williams says if the cuts go into place his university won't know what kind of monetary aid they can offer students until July, which would make it incredibly hard for students and parents to plan ahead for the Fall of 2013.

"I think that's the wrong way of going about doing the budget for sure."

One thing being left alone by these sequestration cuts – Federal Pell Grants. Right now they're safe.


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