US Government Shutdown
As much as we don’t like to talk about politics, there is an important item that has come about and will have an impact for many college students and programs. The Democrats and Republicans are looking at a government shutdown deadline of tomorrow, April 8th, 2011. The last time this happened was 1995 and the students and public of the United States would hate to see us go through the same thing tomorrow.
Essentially, both parties have not been able to come to terms with a 2011 budget for the current fiscal year. Now, this is going to impact a majority of students because of the inability to come to an agreeable budget.
What this government shutdown means for federally funded programs such as TRiO
In a recent email from the president of the Council for Opportunity in Education (COE), he states clearly the situation and what to expect in the upcoming days, weeks, or months.
Here are some major points from his email:
- Battle over FY 2011 spending levels - radical sectors of the Republican party in the House of Representatives calling for as much as $100 Billion in funding cuts.
- No agreement – If there continues to be no agreement on a FY 2011 budget, the federal government will shut down tomorrow, Friday, April 8th.
- Draw downs – TRiO programs will not be able to draw down TRIO grant funds during the period of the shutdown.
- Institutional support - Most institutions will simply advance the funds and cover the expenditures until the government resumes functioning.
- Commitment has been made – TRiO grant awards are already committed, so any costs to programs incurred over the period of the shutdown will be covered.
Legislators are hedging their bets that the government shutdown will work to their favor. However, what must be known is that our students’ futures amount to more than a political bargaining chip.
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