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CSN students anxious for financial aid as classes start soon

Reported by: Sandra Gonzalez
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Updated: 8/05/2014 3:26 am

LAS VEGAAS (KSNV & MyNews3) -- Classes start at the College of Southern Nevada in three weeks, but students who depend on financial aid haven't heard about their applications yet.

The countdown is on for fall term at CSN, but students like Barney Cline who depend on financial aid are not sure how much they'll be receiving.

"The closer you get, the more you get worried about it because I don't have the resources to go into my bank account and say 'Here's a check.' Most students can't afford to do that," Cline said.

The psychology student, who is on disability, wants to pay for his full load of classes, but keeps receiving 'past due' notices.

He says CSN has not released financial aid information yet to see what he qualified for.

Dan Morris, Executive Director of Business Operations for CSN, says this year is taking a little longer because they are being extra careful with calculations.

"We want to make sure we are rewarding them to fullest extent that we can, and that we don't need to go back and do any recalculations because of our error," Morris said.

Last year, the college made a huge mistake in financial aid payouts that resulted in administrators resigning. This year, Morris says they are crossing their Ts and dotting their Is.

"[The process is taking] a little bit longer than normal, but hopefully [our calculations will be more] correct and we're also dispersing funds earlier than we did last year," Morris said.

Morris says students who applied should be receiving letters now via email explaining the situation, and they should receive award letters this Sunday.

Cline says perhaps everything will work out, but he still finds the process slow and aggravating.

"I just want to make sure no student is denied entry to their class and they're not penalized because they don't have their books and their supplies," Cline said.

To make this process more efficient, the college strongly suggests students sign up for direct deposit. The money should be received by the 18th, one week before school starts.

Cline says he expects student loans may take a little more time.

UNLV says their letters went out in March. By law, money can't be released until ten days before the start of school, so students at both campuses should receive their financial aid around the same time.



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