Potentially $300 million Cut from University System of GA’s Budget

It’s all about the Benjamins. This is a common expression, and I’m pretty certain this idea will be reinforced when the University System of GA begins the budget cuts in April. Georgia Southern alone could lose up to $15 million. However, I feel that one must examine things thoroughly before getting carried away regarding the issue at hand.

If the budget cuts have a legitimate purpose and will ultimately yield positive results, I am all for it. On the other hand, I am not all for it if this is just a tactic to suit the political agenda of the governor and his cabinet. Some of the major concerns among many are the cutting of classes, programs, and the effects on financial aid. One could lose his or her HOPE Scholarship money and book allowance if the budget cuts pass, even with a 3.0 GPA. The PELL Grant may also be reduced or eliminated completely, and one’s student loan interest rates may skyrocket. Graduate assistantship funding is also in jeopardy.

This whole thing sounds like nothing but trouble, but it is not April yet. Like I said before, I’m all for the budget cuts if it will ultimately yield something positive. In the mean time, I will continue to speak out against the budget cuts and hope for the best because the budget cuts are posing major obstacles for many students, faculty, and staff.

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