Edison student questions financial aid delay
CREATED Jan. 25, 2012
FT. MYERS, FLA. - Financial aid frustration from students at Edison State College.
Students say they're getting the run-around from the school on when they can get their financial aid to use for their education and expenses.
Four In Your Corner's Colleen Hogan is questioning Edison officials to find out when students can expect their money.
Spring semeser classes started January 9 but students are still waiting for their financial aid.
There is some good news though, school officials say they won't be waiting much longer.
Diplomas and certificates are proudly displayed on the wall of Ashley Petty's Ft. Myers home. Someday she hopes to hang them in her own business.
"I'd eventually like to open my own salon," Petty said.
To achieve her dream, the sophomore is studying business management at Edison.
"That's why I'm working so hard," she said.
She questions if Edison's working as hard as she is to get her financial aid. She does not have the money yet.
Edison allows students to enroll and start classes and buy books. The school later deducts those costs from the students' financial aid.
But there are still things Petty needs for the semester.
"I do need a calculator that costs a lot of money," she said. "I use it (financial aid) for notebooks, I also use it for gas money to get to school."
Fox 4 contacted the school to find out when students can expect their money.
A spokeseperson says, students' accounts will be credited this Friday. The spokesperson says the federal government makes the school verify students are in class before they dole out cash.
It's a process that takes a little longer for Edison, since the school offers late registration.
Colleen Hogan, reporter