Financial aid blunder puts Azure students in a lurch
SEBRING — After losing its financial aid in its Sebring location, Azure College offered 45 LPN and RN nursing students some options, but some are upset with the situation.
Woei-Long La, whose wife, Christina, was attending Azure, said now that the students are in the program, the costs have changed and they can’t afford it anymore.
About 10 students gathered outside Azure around mid-day Thursday to discuss their options.
Christina La said: “This was supposed to be covered by financial aid. Now they want $833 a month and I can’t afford that.” She can’t pay the lowest option of $500 a month.
Azure College started with a Miami Gardens location in 2004. The Sebring location opened in May 2012. Azure also has a school in Boca Raton.
Azure President/CEO Jhonson Napoleon drove from Miami to Sebring Friday morning to explain to Highlands Today what happened with the federal funding.
Azure received financial aid approval in October 2013 and then started providing financial aid to the LPN and RN students in February and March of 2014, he said.
But, he had received incorrect information from a financial advisor about the financial aid eligibility at the Sebring and Boca Raton locations, Napoleon said.
“We received an initial visit from the Department of Education in the last week of July and on Aug. 14; they advised us those two campuses are not eligible,” for the financial aid, he said.
The 45 students who were affected were given three options, Napoleon said. They can be provided a transcript of their studies at Azure and can continue their studies at another institution at their own cost, students can wait to continue their studies at Azure until financial aid is available or they can pay to continue their studies now at Azure.
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