Sequester concerns college students

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Reporter - Elizabeth Fields
Photojournalist - Mason Watkins

MARTIN, Tenn.- Like nearly every college and university in the country, the University of Tennessee Martin is bracing for cuts from federal funding. 

Chancellor Thomas Rakes is concerned for research grants, but even more so for the school's work study program. Students apply and are assigned jobs on campus they can work up to 20 hours a week. 

That helps keep them from borrowing so much money and university official don't anticipate losing all $420,000, but a portion of that could be threatened. 

Jennifer Hays told WPSD that would be terrible. She said she already wishes she had more money to help more students. The cuts would mean fewer students getting assistance.

"Every student needs help. Every student needs a job, every student needs experience," she said. She added that on-campus jobs are especially important at schools located in more rural locations. Without jobs, students might not be able to afford a full class load. 

"That could slow them down considerably if they have to drop out a semester or two to work somewhere else if you can find a job," said Rakes.  

Rakes said the only thing he can do to try to stop the cuts from coming is the same thing that everyone else can do: contact their representative and tell them to make a deal .

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