Alaska budget cuts put student graduations at risk

Alaska legislators failed to override Governor Mike Dunleavy's budget item vetoes, potentially leading to complications for students who haven't graduated from the University of Alaska system, writes Jenni Fink for Newsweek.

Legislators convened last Wednesday for a special session to consider the governor's vetoes, including a significant cut in funding for the university. The cuts, according to the University of Alaska President Jim Johnsen, would result in the board of regents declaring financial exigency, which allows for the rapid downsizing of units, programmes, services and personnel.

Cuts in courses and programmes could result in students being unable to graduate, news that came at a time in America’s history when more than 40 million people have student loan debt equalling an estimated US$1.6 trillion.
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