Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Lack of Action on Federal Education Budget Draws Concern

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Lack of Action on Federal Education Budget Draws Concern

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Concern is mounting in Washington about the continued lack of action on a federal 2001 education budget for student aid and other programs.

Pell Grants, college work/study and aid to Black colleges all have temporary funding that was to last through Dec. 6. These programs have had short-term funds since the Oct. 1 start of the fiscal year because of disputes between President Clinton and Congress. Partisan sniping has increased in intensity since the contested Nov. 7 presidential election.

Another source of concern is talk that Republicans may put off final budget discussions until after January, presumably when they would control the White House under George W. Bush.

"The worst part is the uncertainty," says Corye Barbour, government relations director for the United States Student Association. While programs can operate with temporary funds for a few months, a wait into January is ominous, she says. "In January you cross the semester line," she says, and lack of a final budget could make it tough for financial aid directors to craft aid packages.

Moreover, students can begin to file their next financial aid applications after Jan. …

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