BELLINGHAM, Wash. -- If looming federal budget cuts take financial aid away from students, Western Washington University is promising to find money to offset those cuts.

Western President Bruce Shepard announced Tuesday the school will pull money out of its reserves to make sure students will get the financial aid they are expecting for this year and next.

All of us would like to think the people we elect step forward and solve this problem, but as we look at worst case scenarios on what the impact to our students would be, it's $850,000 to about a million dollars, Shepard said.

The financial aid cuts could happen if Congress doesn't stop expected government-wide spending cuts by Friday.

Shepard says he is making this announcement to lessen some of the uncertainty students and their families are feeling. He says he hasn't heard of any other schools making a similar promise.

The school sent a message on Tuesday to Western students and parents letting them know of this decision.

Students told KING 5 the school's announcements comes as a huge relief. Many of them depend on federal financial aid to pay tuition.

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