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100 WSU Tri-Cities students get emergency loans due to Pullman glitch

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RICHLAND, Wash. -- W-S-U Tri-cities students headed back to class about a month ago, and some of them are still facing financial aid issues caused by computer software glitches at the Pullman campus.

In Pullman, about two thousand students are still being affected by the financial aid glitch, and here in Richland, the number is significantly less.

The Interim Chancellor, Dr. Dick Pratt says about 100 students at the Richland campus have asked for short term loans to get them into school until their financial aid goes through. He says, all in all , the Tri-Cities Campus handed out $37,000 in emergency loans while the students are waiting for the problems to be ironed out.

Pratt also says, all Washington State University campuses have suspended tuition late fees for the remainder of the semester. Students use their financial aid for lots of purposes besides paying tuition. They also use it for their books and for some of their living expenses," says Pratt.

Pratt is also waiting on the enrollment numbers for the year to come in this week. He says the Richland branch is expecting a drop in enrollment of about 4-5% percent, due to a small incoming class of transfer students and less graduate students.

He says the incoming freshman class size remains about the same.