As of today, the federal government has been on a partial shutdown for 19 days, the second longest in history.
This type of uncertainty brings questions to the surface for many of us. For Moraine Park, we are focusing on how our students will get the federal funding (FAFSA) they need for their education.
The IRS has been closed, and many students have had difficulty receiving the appropriate documents. Fortunately, we have new guidance on collecting tax documents. As of now, students should bring signed copies of their 2016 tax forms to serve as verification of income for 2018-19 FAFSA applications, and students will no longer have to provide transcripts. This will also be the protocol for 2019-20.
However, there is one remaining issue that has not received as much attention. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Selective Service are two of the offices/departments that are affected by the shutdown. As a result, there is no way to verify the citizenship of any new applicants for federal aid. This means those new FAFSA applications cannot be processed and funding cannot be awarded. The most affected students will be first time FAFSA applicants.
Moraine Park is currently working with students that may be affected by the government shutdown to make sure that their FAFSA is ready to submit once federal business resumes.
For more information on financial aid, visit morainepark.edu/financial-aid.