Oregon: How Will The Government Shut-Down Affect COCC?
"'Due to lapse in funding, the U.S. government has shut down.' This is the message that that was found on the United States government’s official website," The Broadside reports. "Federal entities such as the Department of Defense, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the National Park System will receive major cuts. However, Federal Student Financial aid will not immediately be affected, according to Kevin Multop, director of financial aid at Central Oregon Community College. 'What we’ve been told by the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators,' Multop said, 'is that in the short term everything is functioning as normal.' This holds true for veterans benefits as well, according to the Veterans Affairs web site. Some students have been hindered by lack of accessibility to government agencies, according to Multop. The Internal Revenue Service is unable to provide tax documents to students needing to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Student veterans cannot communicate with the Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Benefits Administration, because its education benefits hotline is shutdown. 'These special case circumstances will start adding up,' Multop said. 'If it’s a few days, we can work around that; the college will try to be as flexible as we can. All bets are off if it continues indefinitely.'"
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