Students at any of the four University of Nebraska campuses who suffered losses during the severe weather could catch a break at school.
Students from regions of the state declared federal disaster areas due to this year’s severe weather will get assistance from the University of Nebraska.
University of Nebraska-Lincoln Financial Aid Director Craig Munier says the four campuses will review loss of income, and property, even loss of financial documentation for possible financial aid adjustments this fall; one thing less for families to worry about.
“They’re going to have some cash flow problems it seems to me. Many of these families are going to be well insured and I’m sure in the end that they’ll be well taken care of,” Munier tells Nebraska Radio Network. “But in the interim, they have children who are starting college in August and we want to make sure that this doesn’t interfere with those plans and they don’t have to put their education of their children on hold, even for a semester.”
According to the University of Nebraska, the financial aid offices of all four campuses have committed to the following:
· Waiving some required documentation that supplements students’ financial aid applications if those documents were lost or destroyed or are not easily recoverable because of severe weather events.
· Reviewing possible adjustments to parents’ and/or students’ income used to determine eligibility for financial aid to reflect loss of income attributable to tornadoes, straight-line winds, hail or flooding this summer in Nebraska.
· Reviewing possible adjustments to family income measures used to determine eligibility for financial aid to reflect documented loss of real property of students or parents from areas declared as federal disaster areas who are uninsured or under-insured.
· Resident undergraduate students who qualify for the federal Pell Grant program and have experienced loss of income or property that can be documented as a result of severe weather will be considered eligible for the 2014-15 Collegebound Nebraska program, which provides free tuition for qualifying students at any of the four NU campuses.
Call the campus financial aid office for more information:
· University of Nebraska-Lincoln Office of Scholarships & Financial Aid: (402) 472-2030 or firstname.lastname@example.org <mailto:email@example.com>
· University of Nebraska at Omaha Office of Financial Support and Scholarships: (402) 554-2327 or firstname.lastname@example.org <mailto:email@example.com>
· University of Nebraska at Kearney Office of Financial Aid: (308) 865-8520 or firstname.lastname@example.org <mailto:email@example.com>
· University of Nebraska Medical Center Financial Aid Office: (402) 559-4199 or firstname.lastname@example.org <mailto:email@example.com>
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:45]