WTTW-Channel 11’s “Chicago Tonight” show aired a segment last night featuring interviews with National Louis University President Nivine Megahed, Ph.D., and Gustavo Garcia, a sophomore student. Many other undergraduates were featured in the background footage that the WTTW crew filmed in the sixth-floor lounge on Dec. 5.
The segment discussed the fact that the U.S. Department of Education has dramatically increased the number of students it selected for FAFSA verification. Last year, 30 percent of National Louis University’s undergraduates were selected, while that figure rose to 75 percent this year. Students who are selected must provide additional documentation, which be burdensome. This escalation has caused significant difficulties for NLU students, and many have had to drop out until the issues can be resolved and they can receive their financial aid.
Chicago Tonight reporter Brandis Friedman visited NLU to film the interviews and hosted the segment.