FAMU Faces 8 Million in Budget Cuts

By: Jill Chandler Email
By: Jill Chandler Email

Tallahassee, Florida--

Florida A and M University is facing millions of dollars in budget cuts.

Schools across the nation are facing budget cuts. Florida's newly approved legislative budget leaves FAMU looking at 8 million dollars less for this year alone.

Tola Thompson is the Director of Governmental Relations for FAMU. He said, "It's not something we want to do , it's just something we have to do because of the economic environment, in our state, in our nation, and in our world. Until this economy turns around in the foreseeable future this is kind of the rut we're in right now. "

Over the past four years the University has been forced to trim more than $35 million dollars from their budget, and students are seeing the impact.

Student Body President Breyon Love said, "Of course students are upset if they didn't have their degree offering still offered, but we are making sure that those students needs are met and they are advised and they can move forward with their education here at the University."

Some students said they feel like the legislature doesn't understand the importance of education, and it's up to the them to unite and let their voices be heard.

Patricia Dixon is a freshman at FAMU. She said, "I'm starting to wonder, how important is education? what are they doing with all of the money?"

With cuts every year, some students wonder how state universities can continue.

Riccardo Jean is a graduating senior. He said, "If we keep walking blindly, before we know it- there's not going to be an H.B.C.U. Florida A and M University."

Universities across the state of Florida are having to rely heavily on donations. FAMU President James Ammons are asking more alumni to donate to the university. Right now only seven percent of the school's graduates are giving back.

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