Students are getting their college educations in time for the start of their freshman year at one of the nation’s most selective public universities.
But a handful of administrators and students say they are facing problems that threaten to disrupt enrollment and push them into poverty, and that is putting their future students at risk.
Some college officials say they have been overwhelmed with calls from families wanting to know how to find scholarships.
And they say it’s been hard to recruit the money to help families in the midst of a financial crisis.
In the last two weeks alone, the University of Florida and the University at Albany have reported some $1.5 million in missing tuition and fees, and some of the students at the University in Albany are waiting months to hear back from their parents about whether they’ll receive federal Pell grants.
More than 1,000 students at Florida and New York universities were expected to attend classes that started Tuesday but have not yet started.
They are facing deadlines to finish courses, enroll in classes and complete a final exam.
In Georgia, where the state’s public colleges have closed because of the state budget crisis, thousands of students have not been enrolled in classes or the final exams.
The state is facing a budget shortfall of $1 billion.
In Washington, students and their parents have been told to submit forms for $2,500 in aid for tuition, books, and other costs related to the financial crisis that has wiped out $5 billion from the state economy.
In addition, the Department of Education said some families have been unable to find money to pay for college.
In Michigan, where state colleges have reopened, more than 700 students are still waiting for their diplomas to arrive.
And the number of students at Michigan’s public universities has fallen by nearly 30 percent in the last year, according to state data.
In Oklahoma, officials are scrambling to get a new system in place that could ease the pain for students who have been waiting months or even years for their federal Pell grant money.
“If they can’t get a Pell Grant, they’ll be out of luck, so that’s not the most realistic way to go,” said Mark O’Neill, Oklahoma’s acting chief financial officer.
But he added that the state has already begun working to ensure the students receive the aid they need.
“The best way we can do this is through the application process, and we’ll work with them on that process,” O’Neil said.
He added that there will be a new process in place this year for students to apply for Pell Grants if they haven’t already received one.
“That’s one of our priorities going forward,” O