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FGCU Students Not Impacted By Government Shutdown

Posted at 6:39 PM, Jan 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-11 06:32:33-05

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- It’s now been 20 days since the partial government shutdown. By now you might be thinking, when is this going to end, especially to those feeling the effects.

FGCU started classes for the new semester Monday and some students are stressing not about their classes but about their financial aid.

“I’m very concerned I’m not going to be able to go to college next year if this keeps going,” said Hailey Kalamaris, FGCU Junior.

Other students aren’t as worried. “I don’t think it’s going to effect too much because it is a temporary government shutdown, and most of your financial aid comes from the state,” said student Victoria Kinley.

Financial aid checks are being distributed starting next week, but will the shutdown have an impact?

“We don’t foresee any interruption at all, the Department of Education is up and running, we’ll be able to receive federal grant funds, federal loan funds,” said Brian Casey, Associate Director of Financial Aid for FGCU.

So what if you are applying for FAFSA for next year? Well there’s a select few that might have to go through a verification process with the IRS, which means filling out the application might be an issue.

As far as students at FGCU, “We haven’t received any word that that will be effected going forward,” said Casey.

Casey says $60 million comes from federal aid per year.