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Financial aid impact because of the coronavirus

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Parents, if you have a kid in college or ready to go to college and have had financial troubles during the coronavirus, colleges are letting you know that you should start reaching out for help now.

A local community college is sharing what you can do now to get financial aid for the upcoming semester.

John Wood Community College said they have received calls from concerned students and parents and they are doing their best to work with families through this pandemic.

Director of Financial Aid Melanie Lechtenberg said financial aid packages are being awarded for the upcoming fall semester.

She said if your situation has changed because you lost a job or big source of income, you need to report it.

"We really are encouraging families as they are preparing for that fall start of classes, Lechtenberg said. "If the current situation has impacted their income for this year, that they really need to start in contact with the financial aid office and let them know what has transpired"

She said it is important to update any information that could possibly qualify students for more money in scholarships or aid.

"If they are having or experiencing barriers right now to attend school and do they online focus and that transition piece to stay in contact, with there college, we are really working very hard to meet their needs that have come up, so i really encourage them to stay in contact,"

She added the best thing you can do is complete a FAFSA special circumstance request by speaking with your financial aid counselor. After filling that out, you will need to show documentation of changes to your family income.

Lechtenberg said the college has been following the Illinois Department of Education guidelines to further help families through the pandemic.

In regards to MAP grant funds, the college has not heard about any changes from the state at this time.

For information about FASFA click here.

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