Potential Impact of Sequestration on Students at FIU

November 30, 2012

Potential Impact of Sequestration on Students at FIU


Limit to Research Grants:

FIU could see potential reductions of $5-9 Million.



Limit Financial Aid For Students

 Federal Work Study- The Federal Work Study Program provides funds for part-time employment to help needy students finance the costs of their education. Loosing $140,000 to the FWS Program would lead to approximately 50 students loosing their $3500.00 award at FIU.


FSEOG- Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant Is a grant for undergraduate students with exceptional financial need. Loosing $85,000 to the FSEOG Program would lead to approximately 106 students loosing their $800.00 award at FIU.


The .053 increase in origination fee for Stafford Loans would cost students approximately $113,000 in fees at FIU.

For Grad PLUS Direct Loans, for the .2% increase in origination fees, it would cost our students approximately $146,000


Limit Access To College For Low Income & First Generation Students


Upward Bound- Upward Bound, A Federal TRIO funded program, engages potential first-generation and low income students in activities that eliminate obstacles that impede their access to college. FIU Upward Bound served approximately 500 middle and high school students.


Educational Talent Search-  Educational Talent Search, A Federal TRIO funded program, serves young people from grades 6-12 by providing academic support along with college counseling and post-secondary information. These students are from low-income households and/or have parents who have not graduated from college. Educational Talent Search assists/targets approximately 600 students in the North Dade area. 

Affect College Completion Rates

Student Support Services- Student Support Services, a Federal TRIO funded program, provides opportunities for academic development, assistance with basic college requirements, and motivates students toward the successful completion of their bachelor degree to first generation and/or Pell Grant recipients. Student Support Services serves 160 students.


STEM: Limit Paths For Minorities Into Science & Engineering Fields


Aid for Institutional Development- The Department of Education Title V grant made possible new university wide strategies which include the new FIU Mastery Math Lab. The new lab provides weekly sessions for approximately 1,600 students, equipped with more than 200 students and staffed full-time with learning assistants.


Upward Bound Math Science- Upward Bound Math Science, a Federal TRIO funded program, prepares low-income, potential first-generation high school students to enter careers in biomedical science and engineering. UBMS currently serves 50 students in the Miami area. An 8.2% budget could potentially affect low-income students’ attraction to STEM related fields.


Limit Critical Paths For Minorities To Achieve Graduate Education

 GAANN Fellowships- GAANN Fellowships, funded by the Department of Education, are awarded to outstanding Ph.D. students. Budget cuts could potentially affect the number of Ph.D.’s to minorities awarded by FIU, compromising the production of STEM-related Ph.D.’s in great demand.

McNair Programs- The Ronald E. McNair program prepares students for doctoral studies through research and other scholarly activities. To be eligible, participants must be low-income, first-generation college student and/or must come from under-represented disadvantaged backgrounds and have demonstrated strong academic potential. McNair programs currently serve 27 students.


Limit International Business & Research

International Education and Foreign Language- Partially funded by the Department of Education, FIU CIBER Centers have already received a 55% cut resulting in significant staff and programming losses. Additional cuts would nearly close CIBER’s doors. This loss would result in a decrease of available tools promoting competitiveness in the global market. FIU CIBER serves approximately 125 students.




If sequestration were to take effect, some examples of the impacts on Florida this year alone are:

Teachers and Schools: Florida will lose approximately $54.5 million in funding forprimary and secondary education, putting around 750 teacher and aide jobs atrisk. In addition about 95,000 fewer students would be served andapproximately130 fewer schools would receive funding.

Education for Children with Disabilities: In addition, Florida will lose approximately$31.1 million in funds for about 380 teachers, aides, and staff who helpchildren with disabilities.

Work-Study Jobs: Around 6,250 fewer low income students in Florida would receive aid tohelp them finance the costs of college and around 1,700 fewer students will getwork-study jobs that help them pay for college.

Protectionsfor Clean Air and Clean Water: Florida would lose about $5.2 million inenvironmental funding to ensure clean water and air quality, as well as preventpollution from pesticides and hazardous waste. In addition, Florida could loseanother $1.1 million in grants for fish and wildlife protection.

Military Readiness: In Florida, approximately 31,000 civilian Department of Defenseemployees would be furloughed, reducing gross pay by around $183.2 million intotal. Army:Base operation funding would be cut by about $7 million in Florida. Air Force: Funding for Air Force operations in Florida would be cut by about $23million. Navy:$135 million in funding for aircraft depot maintenance in Jacksonville and fourdemolition projects in Pensacola ($3.2 million) could be canceled.

JobSearch Assistance to Help those in Florida find Employment and Training: Florida will lose about $2.3 million in funding for job search assistance,referral, and placement, meaning around 78,960 fewer people will get the helpand skills they need to find employment.