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A Student’s Guide to Financial Aid: Emergencies may allow for help

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By Andrea Gardner

Students encountering major financial emergencies at any time during the year may be able to receive additional financial aid from the Office of Financial Aid.

Major financial emergencies include significant financial changes such as a parent’s job cut or the death of a working family member.

According to Adeline Cardenas-Clague, dean of enrollment services, many students attending the University of La Verne are dependents of their parents, so these types of emergencies are most common.

In this kind of emergency, a student’s first point of contact is his or her financial aid adviser. After being notified of the problem, the Office of Financial Aid normally asks for additional documentation, such as unemployment papers, documenting an emergency such as a loss of job, according to Cardenas-Clague.

“In a real emergency, the University is able to use professional judgment,” she said.

Because of the nature of an emergency, the financial aid department can act alone in deciding whether to award a student more aid.

There are, however, federal guidelines that can prevent a student from receiving additional aid.

Said Cardenas-Clague, “No matter how good an appeal, we can not violate federal guidelines.”

Some federal guidelines include, but are not limited to a student having satisfactory academic progress and being free of defaults on student loans. Federal guidelines are also restrictive, according to the determination of whether the student is an independent or a dependent student.

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