Friday, March 17, 2017

Federal Work Study Program Worries - Rick Seltzer, Inside Higher Ed

The administration’s budget plan calls for substantial changes and cuts to the federal work-study program. The president’s broad budget outline calls for reducing Federal Work-Study “significantly” and reforming it to direct funds to “undergraduate students who would benefit most.” It does not contain specific amounts for how much the program, which spends about $1 billion annually on hundreds of thousands of student jobs, would be cut. Nor does it spell out how remaining work-study funds would be reallocated. Federal Work-Study has been criticized for disproportionately sending money to elite campuses and middle-class students instead of institutions that serve low-income students.

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