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AIC students react to sequester threat

Josue Guerra doesn't really know how he'd get by without his work study job as a tour guide at American International College. "I would have to find something on the weekends, maybe something like work the graveyard shift at the Mass Pike, like do the tolls or something, do something a little bit unnecessary just to get that extra money in my pocket," Guerra said.

The job only pays $8 an hour but it fits into his schedule.

Calling Josue busy is an understatement. He's also a resident assistant, rugby player, and member of the Latino American Student Organization, so it helps not having to worry about how heíll pay for his next meal. "I think anything that can help my parents save a little few bucks on pizza or groceries, I think really helps out, and just to have money for a student here because you know, obviously students here arenít getting paid a lot," Guerra added.

Not only could sequestration affect current students like Josue, but those who are thinking about going to college. "For some students, every dollar is really critical. So any cuts in student aid impact a student's potential enrollment. For a student who is eligible for a Pell grant, even a hundred dollar cut can be huge if your family contribution is less than $100, you can't afford anything," said Dr. Linda Dagradi, AIC's VP of Enrollment Services.

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