As the spring semester just started at New Mexico State University, some students worry about the future of their education or where it currently stands.
NMSU’s Vice President of Student Success Dr. Renay Scott told KTSM 40-45 students face a current impact due to the government shutdown.
“Consequently these students are still waiting to know whether or not they’re going to receive financial aid,” Dr. Scott shared.
This also affects students who are looking into applying for financial aid for the fall semester.
“Many of those students are making decisions about fall enrollment now, and they wont make those decisions until they know what their financial aid award is so certainly I’m worried about an impact to our fall enrollment, simply because students might begin thinking they can’t afford to attend school without that financial aid,” Dr. Scott explained.
Current students are being affected by either not having money to pay off their financial aid or buy books for their classes. However the University is doing what it can to help them through this partial government shutdown for as long as it still stands, and as long as they self-identify themselves being affected.
“We developed some processess in place that if students are fairly confident that they’re going to quality for financial aid, that we can get them started and defer their payment responsibilties pending financial aid obligations,” Dr. Scott said.
Students who aren’t affected by the shutdown shared with KTSM it’s a big issue that must come to an end.
“It’s just holding back the future of this nation really. You got a lot of people that are essentially studying things that will help us out in the long term. You got environmental, doctors, people who will run this country essentially. They’re being put on hold on their education, so it needs to change. Something needs to happen,” Student Kevin Quintana said.
NMSU shared if you are a student that’s seeing an impact in any way, you can also seek help at the Aggie Cupboard as well as visit the health and wellness center.