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JWCC: Sequester cuts will have major impact on higher ed. facilities


The hours are counting down until a series of cuts known as sequestration, $85 billion in across the board cuts that target defense and domestic spending, are scheduled to take place. 

That includes funding for higher education. And John Wood Community College in Quincy is preparing to lose thousands of dollars.

"The total impact for the college is targeted at $75,000," said Dr. John Letts, President of John Wood Community College.

Many Tri-States students attend a community college to continue their education and save money while doing it. But Letts says if Congress doesn't reach a deal Friday, vital student aid programs will be cut.

That will make a more affordable education that much harder to attain.

Letts says much of that money will be cut from two programs at the college: the Trio Tutoring Program and John Wood's Work Study Program.

Rachel Foster is one the students who utilizes the work study program and depends on the money she makes working in the school's admission's office to help pay for college.

"It's very scary it's very real all of the sudden, that all of this could be gone, and it has a definite impact on me because so often it seems like something in the news and it doesn't seem very personal but now it's really personal," said Foster.

And Foster isn't alone. Just in Illinois, 2,600 fewer students will get work-study jobs if budget cuts take effect.

And like many students who have to pay for college themselves, Foster says if the sequester cuts further into federal aid her college career could be in jeopardy.

"It would definitely make my future for wherever I transfer to pretty uncertain, I'm not sure that I would be able to go on and transfer, if I don't have those funds," said Foster.

Letts says if budget cuts take hold, the college will likely cut miscellaneous expenses from its budget to make college more affordable for students like Foster.

"We will try to minimize the impact on our students and look at some other areas: travel, supplies that sort of thing," said Dr. Letts.

Letts says other programs included in the $75,000 in cuts would be the schools upward bound and the talent search programs. 

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