Busy Time For ECU Financial Aid Office

While many ECU students are out for the summer, the financial aid workers at the university are hard at work.

Many state schools are seeing an increase in the number of students applying for financial aid.

According to the director of financial aid at ECU, Julie Poorman, she hasn't seen a huge increase in new applications, but she has seen a 15 percent increase in the amount of continuing students who are re-applying asking for more money.

Poorman says, "We spend a lot of time talking to parents who are nervous about how they're going to afford sending their child to college. They don't want to end their child's career because they've had a professional setback.

Poorman says there is some good news for those students who need extra money. "We've actually received an increase in federal work study money by a couple hundred thousand."

Poorman says it is a good idea for students to ask about special conditions if they need the extra money. They could possibly get more from a Pell grant or a work study job.

Also because of the tough economy there's been a hiring freeze so the financial office has about two permanent workers, and two temporary workers, all processing thousands of applications."

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