Government shutdown affects financial aid for students


    The government shutdown moves into Day 24 and it's now affecting students at UNR.

    Students receiving financial aid from Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) are scrambling to get the right documents in before the February 1st deadline.

    News 4- Fox 11 spoke with Tim Wolfe, Director of the Financial Aid office at UNR says, "The only impact we have right now is on the FAFSA form itself. Students are unable to use the IRS data retrieval to complete their FAFSA. But if they have their completed tax return then they can take their lined items there and enter it in their FAFSA and submit it on time".

    Students will still get their financial aid disbursements and this process will not be delayed. The only issue is they are not able to access their tax transcripts from the IRS.

    Many students were frustrated that some of their classmates were affected by the shutdown. Jeremiah Milabu, a senior at UNR says, “I think it’s ridiculous. especially for us we are a week away from school starting. I think it’s crazy that this happened over break and people who usually had a system or thought they had it in the bag are now worried”.

    Governor Steve Sisolak sent a letter to the Nevada System of Higher Education to work with students who are dealing with the government shutdown. He also asks them the help colleges and universities to find temporary solutions for those who are not receiving paychecks.

    Officials with the Board of Regents will make a decision on Friday to defer registration fees and tuition this semester for those impacted during this time.

    Over 14,000 students receive some type of financial aid at UNR this year.

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