Omaha Public Radio News
1:48 pm
Mon August 10, 2009

New Bellevue University Program Helps Unemployed Students Stay in School

Omaha, NE – A new Bellevue University program seeks to help students who've lost their jobs stay in school.

The Job Loss Deferment Program came about when a student who'd recently lost their job was struggling to pay for school. Scott Klene, Director of Student Financial Services, says students in that situation will pay nothing in tuition and fees for the first six months. After that, any bills not covered by financial aid are spread out among six payments. The Job Loss Deferment Program also offers career coaching for unemployed students.

Klene says as many as 34% of Bellevue University's students have an increased need for financial aid. He expects the Job Loss Deferment Program will directly impact eight to nine percent of students.