The news has fueled a perception that officials are out to inflate employment figures for a record 8.7 million graduates potentially entering a worsening jobs market.
Federal workers started bailing out of government jobs last December, as the shutdown got underway; 22,000 quit in March.
We look into the history of rising tuition and shrinking student aid.
The tight labor market is translating into one of the most robust hiring seasons for college grads in recent years.
A look at the state of wages for young college graduates and how wages break down by education level.