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What does the “Sequester” mean for Owens?

Based on a mandate in the Budget Control Act of 2011, on Friday, March 1, 2013, the lack of agreement regarding the federal budget led to President Obama issuing a sequestrian order.  This basically means across the board cuts to the federal government.  While some things, like the Federal Pell Grant and veterans administration programs like the GI and Post 9/11 GI Bill, were spared, other federal programs have been cut, having an impact on our students.   Those include:

  • Two need-based programs, the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) and Federal Work-Study (FWS), will see reductions in the 2013-2014 aid year.   Although Owens has not been officially notified how much funding we will lose, we are anticipating approximately a 10% cut between both programs.
  • Direct Stafford Loan origination fees are increasing for new loans disbursed after 3/1/13 for all students.  However, those exact percentage changes are not finalized yet and we have been guided to proceed with the old amounts at this time.
  • Department of Defense Tuition Assistance Program – at this time most of the armed forces have suspended new students from enrolling and will not accept future semester requests for current enrollees.

What are your thoughts on how this may impact our students?

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