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Budget cuts could hit schools, university students

November 22, 2011

With the failure of the budget-cutting Congressional Supercommittee, $1 trillion in automatic spending cuts are scheduled to kick in for 2013. About half of those cuts will affect defense spending, but the other half will come in domestic programs including education.

The Chronicle for Higher Education reports that $3.54 billion would come directly from the Federal Department of Education’s budget. Pell Grants are safe for the first year of cuts, but other student aid programs would lose $134 million. That will affect tuition assistance for more than a million students, according The Chronicle.

Pell Grants and other spending could also be threatened when Congress tries to reach its own budget reduction agreement. One House lawmaker has already proposed stricter limits on eligibility for Pell Grants.

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