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Students in Ohio protest aid tie-up amid dispute

By admin Published: August 23, 2011

YOUNGSTOWN, OHIO: Some university students in Ohio have staged at a protest at a school where financial aid money is locked up by a faculty contract dispute.

Youngstown State University says it has been instructed by federal officials not to distribute student aid and scholarship funds because of uncertainty over the start of fall classes.

The Vindicator newspaper reports the term is scheduled to begin next week, but the faculty union has given notice that its members could be on strike if no deal is reached by Friday.

About 30 students held posters during a sit-in at Youngstown State’s administration building on Monday. Protest organizers say the goal was to show that students are paying attention and want fair negotiations and an end to what they called the financial aid “freeze.”

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