TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) – Thousands of students at Tallahassee Community College are now eligible for debt relief.
TCC announced on Wednesday it allocates $ 5.9 million to pay for unpaid student tuition fees.
Over 40% of TCC students come from low-income households. For many, this type of financial assistance can be life changing.
This debt relief allows Brenda Jenkins to go back to school: she was initially not accepted at TCC because she had an outstanding balance. Now, thanks to the school’s debt relief fund, that balance is paid off and she is back in class.
âI got discouraged,â Jenkins said. “I just felt like maybe it wasn’t for me to go back to school.”
Jenkins took a hiatus after attending TCC in 2016. She tried to reapply this year, but was not accepted due to an outstanding balance.
âAt first I thought it was a scam,â she recalls.
When she found out she could pay off her debt, she thought it was too good to be true.
âAnd that zero balance hit, I was like, Wow, that’s amazing. People are really trying to help with TBI, like it’s real, âshe said.
The $ 5.9 million allocated for student debt relief is part of the nearly $ 50 million TCC has received in federal pandemic relief money.
âWe’ve just been able to do so much with federal funds to support our students,â said Barbara Wills, vice president of administrative services at TCC.
About a third of TCC students are eligible for funding. The school hopes the aid will help remove barriers to academic success for low-income students.
âWhen you are able to have financial aid, it really allows you to study more and pay more attention to your schoolwork, when you are not stressed or working multiple times or know, whatever it takes to make ends meet, âWills said.
Thanks to TCC, Jenkins is now enrolled in courses and is on the verge of completing her business administration degree.
âNow I have no. And now I’m glad to have another chance, âshe said.
Any student who has attended TCC from March 2020 until now is eligible to receive these funds. The school also uses federal dollars to provide free laptops and emergency funds to those in need.
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