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A Goverment Shutdown Will Seriously Screw Students with Loans

Low-income college students might just not be getting those checks that keep them afloat if the government shuts down.


With the midnight deadline to reach a budget deal looming, we're getting closer to the federal government shutdown. The U.S. Department of Education has announced it will have to furlough 93 percent of its staff, about 4,500 workers, but what's the actual impact on the students of America?

Unfortunately, the DOE grinding to a halt could negatively affect cash-strapped college students, particularly those receiving financial aid through work-study jobs and Perkins Loans. Over 590,000 students at 3,400 colleges and universities have work-study jobs to help pay the bills. The government funnels $951 million per year to colleges, which then use the funds to cut work study checks to students. A shutdown will probably stop those much needed paychecks. Also affected are the 673,000 students at 1,600 schools who have Perkins Loans. During the shutdown period, no new loans will be able to be disbursed to students.

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If the Government Shuts Down, Don't Worry: Federal Coal Auctions Will Go On

The Bureau of Land Management has assured coal barons that public land will be available to buy and plunder, government shutdown or no.

Last month, the Obama administration announced a massive expansion of coal mining in Wyoming, offering leases on four enormous tracts, totaling around 7,441 acres, of public land and containing an estimated 758 million tons of coal. The leases are supposed to be auctioned off over the next few months.

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A Reminder About the Insane Reason Your Government's About to Be Shut Down Chart: What Planned Parenthood Provides

Some Republican lawmakers are lying about what Planned Parenthood actually does.

The pie chart above depicts all the services Planned Parenthood centers around the country provided in 2009. As you can clearly see, only three percent of those services were abortions, while the majority of the other 97 percent were STD tests, contraception provisions, and cancer screenings. In other words, relative to its other services, Planned Parenthood does almost no abortions at all. And of the abortions it does provide, not a single one is paid for with federal funds.

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