Attendance holds delay financial aid


As of Tuesday, 10,000 students are on attendance hold and are unable to get financial aid, according to Donald E. Palm, assistant vice president for academic affairs.


The large number of holds is due to teachers who have failed to submit attendance, said Palm, in an email to deans and department heads.


 About 75 percent of the Florida A&M University’s 13,200 student body is unable to receive their financial aid on time. 


This release of attendance holds is critical to the awarding of the student refund checks next Tuesday. 


The majority of FAMU students get financial aid.


Yannick Crowder, 19, a third year finance student from Stone Mountain, Ga., is one of the students on attendance hold. 


“My rent payments have been affected,” Crowder said. 


In his email, Palm also stated that if teachers checked the roll on the first day of class, they must still check the roll again and mark students that may have been added to the class roster since the first day. 


Temprence Swinton, 18, a freshman psychology student from Daytona Beach, said she has been experiencing the same problem even though she has not missed any classes. 


 “I don’t know why the hold is there,” she said.


Palm could not be reached for comment late Tuesday.