Important Financial Aid Information During Government Shutdown

January 10, 2019

Government Shutdown

Below is information regarding the effect of the U.S. Federal Government shutdown on financial aid recipients at the Alamo Colleges.

  1. Returning students who received financial aid in the fall should experience no delays. Disbursements of scheduled spring semester federal grants and loans are not affected.

  2. Students who applied for financial aid during the shutdown may be impacted. Verification rules have been modified to allow selected students to submit signed copies of their filed tax returns.

    • If requested to submit tax information, a signed copy of the student and/or parent (whichever is asked for) tax return will satisfy the requirement. The IRS Data Retrieval (DRT) tool remains in operation. After the shutdown ends the IRS tax transcript will also satisfy this request, but they may be difficult to obtain at this time.
    • If the IRS “verification of non-filing” is required then students may complete the Alamo Colleges “Verification of Non-Filing” form. 
    • Extension filers may also use the VONF form described above.

  3. New FAFSA applicants (those just completing the application) for the 2018-19 (current) and/or 2019-20 (next) academic year may experience some delays in processing due to lags in processing information normally conducted by the U.S. Department of Education. This includes, but not limited, to confirmation of citizenship, Selective Service and Social Security. The Dept. of Education plans to re-process all FAFSA applications which have not cleared these checks when processing returns to normal.

  4. Processing of 2019-2020 FAFSA and supporting documents continues on schedule. The Alamo Colleges District Office of Student Financial Aid will continue to monitor and keep abreast of all information related to the processing and funding of student financial aid from the federal and state government and agencies.