A Personal Take on Education Cuts

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Georgetown University student Reginald L. Douglas explains how he will be personally affected by proposed cuts to student loan programs, one of several cuts to social programs currently being considered by Congress looking to trim the federal budget.

ED GORDON, host:

From NPR News, this is NEWS & NOTES. I'm Ed Gordon.

House Republican leaders say they'll try again this week to pass $54 billion in budget cuts. Critics argue the proposed cuts would effect primarily the poor, the elderly and minorities. Supporters counter the cuts are needed because of mounting costs from Hurricane Katrina and the war in Iraq. Targeted programs include Medicaid, food stamps and student loans. The news has one college student fearing he may not be able to pay for his education.

Mr. REGINALD L. DOUGLAS (Student): My name is Reginald L. Douglas and I live in New York State, but I'm currently attending Georgetown University, studying government and African-American studies. I currently attend college on financial aid and on student loans, and it'll be the end of my world, in a sense, if I can no longer attend college. I have such big dreams and such big aspirations and it all begin with college. And I know for a fact if we cut student aid, my chances of getting an education are gone. Georgetown costs my family $45,000. I would say that my aid package, including scholarships and federal Stafford loans, a student aid program, and federal work study, that accounts for about $25,000 in education. So I know that personally this cut would directly affect how much my mom has to struggle and how much I, as a student, have to worry about paying for my education.

GORDON: That's Reginald Douglas, a student at Georgetown University.

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