Sequestration Will Cost Some Student Workers Their Jobs

Some work study positions will disappear at Indiana University campuses, but the school’s flagship may be spared.

The federal sequestration will cost more than a thousand students their work study jobs at universities across Indiana.

Indiana University is faced with $150,000 in cuts from its work study program due to the federal sequestration. Indiana University Director of Financial Aid Jim Kennedy says that will cost 75 low-income, high need students their jobs at IU’s seven satellite campuses.

“When these kind of funding cuts come up and we can’t adequately plan for these and they hurt students as they’re trying to pay for college, we’re always very, very concerned,” he says.

Purdue University will face similar cuts to their work study program as well, with 53 students losing jobs there. Purdue Director of Financial Aid Ted Malone says the federal government is handling the situation in the wrong way.

“It’s disappointing to see Congress letting things happen by inaction,” he says. “If they want to make a proactive decision to say ‘we choose not support this particular program’ it’s one thing, but it’s another thing to just say ‘well, we can’t agree, so we’re going to make everyone feel some pain.’”

The federal sequestration will make many other cuts in Indiana, including slashing $64 million in military spending and $189,000 for child vaccinations.

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