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Government Shutdown, Other Factors Contribute to Delay in Pell Grant Money for LDCC Students

Officials with Louisiana Delta Community College are reassuring students that their Pell Grant money from the federal government will come to them soon.
MONROE -- Officials with Louisiana Delta Community College are reassuring students that their Pell Grant money from the federal government will come to them soon.

When a student applies for the Pell Grant, the school then sends the application to the Department of Education for approval. Once the financial aid awards are approved, the money will be given.

LDCC Chancellor Barbara Hanson said a few things have delayed the process for the Pell Grant money to come down for students.

LDCC merged with Northeast Louisiana Technical College in the past year, requiring the school to apply for a new financial aid code. Hanson said they were able to do this in a timely manner, and sent the applications in to the federal government.

But the government shutdown put a delay on that process, and in processing Pell Grant applications.

Hanson says they are in contact with officials as they wait for the Pell Grant funds to come down.

In the meantime, Hanson said LDCC has used its own money to help students in covering the cost of books, supplies and tuition. The school will be reimbursed once the Pell Grant funds come in.

For help and information call LDCC at (318) 345-9000.
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