Sunday, April 9, 2017

Proposed budget cuts threaten students' federal work-study programs - BILL SCHACKNER, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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.

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