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SHEFA receives over 1,100 applicants for fall semester

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SAIPAN Higher Education and Financial Assistance Administrator Merissa Rasa said her office received 1,171 applications for the fall term of 2019.

In her report to the SHEFA board headed by Oscar M. Babauta, she said of the total applications, 874 have been approved, 238 were denied, and 59 are pending. The pending applications are from individuals who want to enroll at the Northern Marianas Trades Institute.

Rasa said they have 396 new applications, 679 ongoing, and 965 returning.

She said 708 applicants want to study on Saipan; 359 are enrolled in schools abroad; and 104 want to enroll in online courses.

Of the total applicants, 524 are freshmen; 247, sophomores; 215, juniors; 81, seniors; 83, graduate students; and 21, advanced degree or doctoral/law students.

Rasa said there are 71 applicants who want to pursue a certificate course; 427, associate degree; 569, bachelor’s degree; 83, master’s degree; and 21, advanced degrees.

For this fall semester, there is no applicant for the Prior Learning Assessment program.

Rasa said 211 of the total applicants graduated from high school in 2019.

Also for this fall semester, SHEFA will appropriate $901,100 for grant-in-aid; $284,000, priority field; and $391,800, merit incentive awards.

The primary funding source of SHEFA are the annual poker license fee collections of the island.

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