Jill Spencer is a junior at
“I work for the network security director,” said Spencer. “I help her with her classes and set those up… and with grading and that sort of stuff.”
Students like Jill rely on that money to help get them through the semester. She adds,
“It’s a big part of my income as a college student, so I’d say it’s pretty important.”
Before September 30th , Jill’s supervisor informed her that indeed her hours could be cut due to the coming impasse:
“That was… unsettling news I guess because that’s money in my pocket.”
President of SouthArk…Doctor Barbara Jones says that for now Jill’s job is safe.
“It should not be affected by the government shutdown,” Said Jones. “The students who were already enrolled in August and have been identified and have been receiving funds are ok. “However any new students that could be eligible could be impacted in the future.”
She adds that Pell grants and other federal student aid for students already enrolled will not be affected,
“However new students that are applying through the FAFSA may experience delays or if they have technical problems, may not have technical assistance. That’s for Pell grants or any other types of grants we might have.”
The school will continue to review parts of campus that rely on federal funding to operate. As of right now everything is day to day.
Doctor Jones says in any case, students who are looking for federal student aid through work study or through other grants starting in the spring need to make sure they apply early to avoid any issues with those systems.