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25 years ago: Federal Pell grants delayed for Haskell students

April 17, 2011

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for April 17, 1986:

Due to a “changeover” in the way the U.S. Department of Education was awarding and disbursing funds, about 239 students at Haskell Indian Junior College students had not yet received their Pell Grants, and there was little hope that they would receive the funds “in the near future,” according to a memo to students from Haskell President Gerald E. Gipp. Venida Chenault, a former Haskell student who was at Kansas University at the time of the fund delay, said “I think they need to get this cleaned up right away.... If this happened at KU, all hell would break loose -- if all KU students were told halfway through the second semester that they weren’t going to get the Pell Grants that they were told they were eligible for.” Officials were not optimistic that the grants would be awarded before school ended in May.

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