Financial aid unaffected during shutdown

By Anna Oprisch

Feb. 4, 2019

Despite the challenges many Clevelanders faced because of the recent federal government shutdown, Cleveland State University students receiving financial aid had no reason to worry about their funding.

Rachel Schmidt, director of Financial Aid at Cleveland State, said, “Treasury services is absolutely willing to meet with students and parents and make arrangements that will accommodate the fact that they may get off track on their payment plan. The university is absolutely going to accommodate that,” she said.

Since federal loans are the largest financial aid program, students have a valid reason for concern. Schmidt explained, “that eligibility for grants and loans is not being impacted because it was funded prior to the shutdown.”

Cleveland State also offered several free options for the furloughed workers during the shutdown. Elements Bistro on Euclid Avenue offered a free entree at the restaurant throughout the week of Jan. 22-25, and the university offered them free admission to the men’s and women’s basketball games.

“As a public institution in the city of Cleveland with a number of alumni who work for federal agencies, we thought it was important as an anchor institution to provide support to the community,” said Dube.

Schmidt commented that the U.S. Department of Education was not at risk for running into any issues related to the shutdown at this time, and was happy to report that, “everything is on track and timely for what we do in the financial aid office.”

The families that were being held hostage by the shutdown,” she added, “we really want to make sure they know that no harm is going to come to them from us.”

Schmidt also urged students to file their FAFSA in a timely manner. “Please file your FAFSA for 2019-20. We want our students to file it, be done with it, and then enjoy the rest of spring, summer, and we’ll see them in the fall.”




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