Report: Education Programs Threatened by Sequester
- Effects of sequestration are already felt at colleges and universities
- As Congress negotiates budget, new survey highlights strain of sequester cuts on university research
- Higher ed lobbyists press for end to sequester as budget talks resume
- Budgets proposed for rest of 2013 and 2014 fiscal years
- As effects of sequester take effect, scientists worry about future of research
While Pell Grants would be safe even if deep, mandatory cuts to domestic spending go into effect early next year, many other education programs would be at risk, according to a report released Wednesday by Senator Tom Harkin. The Iowa Democrat's report singled out TRIO and GEAR UP, two programs that prepare low-income students for college, saying that the programs could lose $90 million if sequestration goes into effect, eliminating services to more than 100,000 students. During a Senate hearing Wednesday on the effects of the spending cuts, which will take hold in January if Congress does not act on a long-term debt reduction plan, Education Secretary Arne Duncan said student loan processing would also be affected.