The Department of Education has issued an advisory to college financial aid officers around the country urging them to give more help to students from families suffering from the recession. College officials warned that while they can now be a little more flexible and give more help to people who've recently lost their jobs, there still isn't enough money to give every student what he or she feels is needed. But overall they have praised the move and braced for a flood of appeals for more grants and loans.
"The message is: 'We are encouraging you to do what's in the best interest of the students.' That will have a measurable change," predicted Phillip Day, president of the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators.
Federal officials on April 2 asked colleges to contact parents who might have lost their jobs and remind them that they have the right to appeal for more financial aid because of "special circumstances"
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