Sharon Granderson has worked as a graphic designer for Southern Illinois University in Carbondale for 15 years.
Since she's worked at the school for more than seven years, she qualifies for a benefit that allows the children of longer-term state university employees to get a 50 percent break on tuition at state schools. She's taking advantage of that benefit so her daughter, now a junior, can study psychology at SIU.
"I don't think she could go to college without it," Granderson said. "She'd have to go into huge debt for loans."
Granderson said many of her coworkers also take advantage of the benefit, and now they are worried it might disappear.