TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) – More than 4,500 students at Pima Community College will be debt-free, school administrators said on Monday, August 23.
According to a press release, the community college plans to write off about $ 2.7 million in student debt, if it was incurred during the COVID-19 pandemic, using funds from the Federal Emergency Relief Fund to Higher Education.
“We are happy to offer relief to those affected by the pandemic,” Chancellor Lee Lambert said. “This program will allow us to remove barriers and effectively reconnect with students who may have quit the CCP for financial reasons, but still wish to continue their educational journey. “
Typically, school officials say, students must pay or arrange to pay outstanding balances before they can re-enroll in classes, receive transcripts, or obtain certificates.
The announcement after the community college board of directors unanimously approved the plan.
“This is a critical and important decision,” said Chairman of the Board, Demion Clinco. “This action will directly help students affected by the pandemic and support their recovery and long-term success. We know that many students in Pima have been significantly affected directly and indirectly by COVID-19 and this program is a step in supporting community recovery. “
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