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Financial aid applications up

WHITEWATER (WKOW) -- According to financial aid officers at UW-Whitewater the tough economy is causing more students to apply for financial aid late in the process.

UW-W has also run out of work-study grants and Wisconsin Higher Education grants for the first time in memory before the fall.  Those programs typically run out of money by November or December.

"It makes me feel very bad," said Carol Miller, director of UW-W's financial aid office.  "That's the rewarding part of the profession, helping kids be able to go to school."

Officials don't have any numbers on how much applications are up this summer, but they say more students are reporting income declines in their families.

The financial aid office says they are also seeing more students submit special condition forms, which means there's been employment change in the family, such as unemployment.

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