FILE - In this May 13, 2018, file photo, new graduates walk into the High Point Solutions Stadium before the start of the Rutgers University graduation ceremony in Piscataway Township, N.J. A growing number of colleges and universities are postponing tuition deadlines, waiving late fees and providing emergency grants to students whose finances have been tied up by the longest government shutdown in history. Among the latest to advertise help are Brown University, Rutgers University and the State University of New York system. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

Colleges delay tuition, offer aid as shutdown hits students

January 25, 2019 - 12:44 am

A growing number of colleges and universities are postponing tuition payments and offering grants to students whose finances have been tied up by the government shutdown.

Statewide college systems in New York, Connecticut and Nevada have agreed to delay payments for affected students. At least 20 other schools have made similar offers that sometimes include cash grants to cover living costs.

The College of Southern Maryland says more than 100 students have been issued grants or entered into payment plans because of the shutdown.

Southern New Hampshire University says more than 200 students and 20 staff members have applied for $1 million in grants recently offered by the school.

Some colleges say they can help through this semester but may need to find other options if the shutdown lingers longer.

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