Under federal budget sequestration, UNC could lose approximately 31 work-study jobs beginning the next academic year unless it can find a way to make up the funds.
As part of the 2011 deal to raise the federal debt limit, Congress passed the Budget Control Act, which mandated spending cuts of $1.2 trillion, known as sequestration, which took effect March 1.
If sequestration stands, the University will lose $84,000 in federal work-study funding, said Shirley Ort, associate provost and director of scholarships and student aid.
The average work-study student is awarded $2,700, Ort said.
“We need every dollar that we have in the Federal Work-Study Program,” she said.
She said if sequestration stands, her office will work to make up the difference lost.
“What we would do is try to make up that loss in federal funds with additional University money, so it wouldn’t result in fewer work opportunities for students,” she said.
Ort said the University would not lose money from the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant Program or from Federal Pell Grants, both of which are sheltered under sequestration.
Tabatha Turner, associate director of scholarships and student aid, said the University has not yet figured out where it would get the replacement money if sequestration is not avoided.