CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) - Many Americans are concerned how the partial government shutdown will affect student loans and public education.
For now, 14 million students will continue to receive financial aid in the form of federal loans and Pell Grants. But the longer the political impasse over President Obama's health care law continues, the worse the consequences will be.
If there's no resolution within a week, nearly 4,000 employees--who process U.S. student aid--will be furloughed; which means the money could be delayed.
According to the Department of Education's contingency plan, the cash flow to local school districts could also decrease. Parents are concerned that this will affect the quality of education at their children's schools.
"The cutbacks are felt even now just from the fact that we have to cut back on funding for the arts and for sports. We don't have money for sports. Our kids are really suffering", Luz Viviana de Jesus of Holyoke told 22News.
Meanwhile, for those who are worried about education for their youngest children, the Head Start program remains up and running in the Springfield area.