Augustana College sophomore Jesse Nelson is not surprised Congress could not reach a budget deal, resulting in a partial government shutdown.
"My roommate and I were joking and he didn't think it was going to happen," Nelson, a government and philosophy double major, said. "I made a bet with him and happened to win."
Nelson made $20 from the bet, but in all seriousness, he and junior Zach Serrano know what happens in Washington will ultimately cost students who are waiting for federal loans.
"Things like this make our rates higher. When our rates go higher, we end up having to pay more out of our pockets in the future. Instead of a $300 a month payment, we have a $400 a month payment. And when you're at an entry level job, that $400 a month payment isn't small," Serrano said.
Many people have been sounding off on KELOLAND News' Facebook and Twitter pages. Many of the comments are in line with how Serrano feels about Congress right now.
"They all failed us. They failed each other. They failed themselves," Serrano said.
According to Dr. Emily Wanless, a political science professor at Augustana, anger over the government shutdown probably will not affect people's opinions when they vote. She said typically when people go to the polls, they are concerned with the present political climate and looking toward the future rather than the past.
"After the '95, '96 shutdown, you saw Republicans largely taking the blame for the shutdown, but yet when it came time to vote in '96, only three House members lost their seats that were Republican, and actually two Republicans were gained in the Senate," Wanless said.
Wanless said voters are usually loyal to their lawmakers and usually blame Congressional members from other states.
"You know, the problem is never in your backyard. It's abroad," Wanless said.
It may, however, affect America's reputation outside of the United States, according to Wanless. Nelson said Congress' real problem is much deeper than just funding government.
"Really what's driving it is deeply entrenched ideology on either side," Nelson said.