Financial Aid Delays Worry Some College Students

Financial Aid Delays Worry Some College Students

Some college students forced to drop classes, since financial aid isn't coming in on time as school begins.
NORTH LITTLE ROCK, AR- A delay in financial aid awards are frustrating some students who are trying to go back to school next week. Some students say their financial aid hasn't come through yet, even though they turned in all their paperwork before the May 2013 deadline. Now they're forced to drop some classes.

"The process has been frustrating me. I've been waiting almost 3 weeks to get my financial aid so I can start school and pay for my classes," said Johnathan Harris, Pulaski Technical College student.

Johnathan Harris, a student at Pulaski Technology College in North Little Rock, now fears he might have to put his education on hold.

"I'm kind of frustrated because I'm trying to go to school so I can go ahead and start my career," said Harris.

The Criminal Justice major said he's completed all the proper financial aid paperwork on time. Still, no school funds in sight. Turns out other students are seeing the same problem. College officials say there are several factors behind the delays. Some students aren't meeting the financial aid application deadlines, and they need to get verified.

"If they get selected for verification, it's going to take longer, that's frustrating for students because it's somewhat unpredictable," said Tim Jones, Associate Vice President for Public Relations and Marketing at Pulaski Technical College.

The verification process required by the federal government asks students to provide personal documentation before they get financial aid.

"We have to go through and process all of this to the government's specifications otherwise we cannot award the financial aid," explained Jones.

More than six out of ten applications students turn in have errors which in turn cause more delays. Jones said school staff is doing its best to handle the lengthy process in a timely manner. However, Harris believes more needs to be done.

"I had to switch campus, switch classroom, switch my time, switch my whole schedule up. And plus I work," said Harris.

Close to 12,000 students attend Pulaski Technical College. About 80 percent rely on financial aid.

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