In Washington yesterday, rumors of a budget deal were swirling, but in Boston, Troy Hurt was too busy to pay much attention, reports the Boston Globe. He was on his way to the financial aid office at the University of Massachusetts Boston, trying to find out if he would have a federally funded work-study job for his upcoming junior year. He needed one as part of the $7,000 he was expecting in aid, which was supposed to include a grant from the Pell program…

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