"The University of Nebraska has announced that it will make financial aid adjustments to help students and families in areas that have been declared federal disaster areas after being ravaged by severe weather," the Kearney Hub reports.
"The idea emerged from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where Craig Munier, director of the office of scholarships and financial aid [and NASFAA National Chair], said his office was contacted by students from affected areas.
'We did have some students that contacted us to see what — if anything — we might be able to do to assist them because the loss that they or their families have experienced from these recent storms,' Munier said.
Munier contacted other campuses in the NU system, and all four have agreed to waive some required documentation for student aid if those documents were destroyed or are unrecoverable because of the severe weather. NU will also consider recalculating student/family income to reflect the loss of assets, which could open or expand financial aid eligibility for students and families with heavy losses. …
Munier and Besse said the communities declared federal disaster areas are small, and that there were not a large number of students from these communities on campus.
'To those individuals affected, the impact is dramatic,' Munier said. 'We just want to do everything we can to minimize those natural disasters interfering with students going about their lives and getting an education at the university.'"
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Publication Date: 6/28/2014