Missouri Scholarship Money Misses Deadline

1 decade 3 years 10 months ago Wednesday, October 12 2005 Oct 12, 2005 Wednesday, October 12, 2005 5:41:54 PM CDT October 12, 2005 in News

Money from scholarships like Missouri's Bright Flight can do more than pay for school. Some students need that money to live.

"I mean any way that I could get that money that I was supposed to have, when they said I would get it, that would definitely be beneficial.  I mean I kind of need that to pay rent and stuff," MU Student Josh Barnhill said. 

The Missouri Department of Higher Education is working on a new system for schools to request scholarship money.

The people who need the money most were not told why they weren't getting it. Two brief e-mails sent to students failed to mention where their money was or that financial aid was available to students in the meantime.  MU's Financial Aid Department says it wants to help.

"They say they are offering no interest loans for housing and living expenses. They say these loans will be paid off as soon as the Bright Flight Scholarships come in."

Missouri officials would not go on camera, but did say this lack of information was a mistake. A mistake that is definitely not making life easy for some.

"Well who knows when they'll actually give us the money, I mean I don't have a whole lot of confidence in when we'll get it," Barnhill said.

The Missouri Department of Higher Education says the students should have their money by October 26th.

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