Did the government shutdown affect college students?


POSTED: Friday, October 18, 2013 - 5:45pm

UPDATED: Friday, October 18, 2013 - 6:16pm

During the government shutdown, some college students had their financial aid affected.

But, not everyone.

"I'm just trying to get a few grand in financial aid," said Tyler Junior College student John Wallace.

The government shut down, for the most part, did not affect student's financial aid.

"We understand that this delay was not the student's fault, but until we're given that specific permission by the Department of Education we are not allowed to make any exceptions," said Director of Financial Aid Devon Wiggins.

Except, for a few students.

"I feel like I'm just kind of getting the run around between the government and the financial aid school stuff because it's complicated," said Wallace.

Wiggins said those folks who filed for an extension on their tax returns were the ones running into problems.

Wiggins said their returns could not be processed because the IRS closed its doors.

"We were required to request their actual tax return so if they filed their tax return since the shutdown the IRS office was delaying processing on those. So they were not able to complete their financial aid process because they were waiting for the IRS to complete their tax return."

But, still some students like Brittany Dossey with two kids and a job, knowing that her financial aid had a risk of not going through, was terrifying.

"It would have crushed my family. I see the light at the end of the tunnel. I'm almost there and if they said I'm sorry and the school was denying me entrance into next semester, it would have devastated me," said Dossey.

Wiggins said now with the government up and running until January students should be able to receive their transcripts from the IRS.

"They should be able to get their tax return transcript to us and then we can continue."

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