7-16-2021 – CCC&TI offers new financial aid opportunities

Posted on: July 16th, 2021 by admin

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July 16, 2021

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By Carmen Boone cboone@newstopicnews.com

July 15, 2021

 

Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute will offer more financial aid options than ever before to students registering for classes in the fall.

 

Due to the financial hardships caused by the pandemic, many students struggled to pay tuition last year and are still trying to come back from financial losses this year, CCC&TI President Dr. Mark Poarch said.

 

Aside from the regularly offered federal Pell Grant, Golden Leaf Scholarship, and several foundation based scholarships the college offers, two new aid funds have been put in place by order of Gov. Roy Cooper.

 

The first is called the Longleaf Commitment. It is specifically for 2021 high school graduates looking to continue their education and work toward an associate’s degree, Poarch said.

 

“It is to pave the way for college with no financial barriers,” he said. “It’s for students that went through the struggles of COVID, and to incentivize them to continue their education. … Students can get up to $5,600 for two years of college.”

 

The second new aid opportunity is called the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund, or GEER. Students can get up to $750 for short-term workforce training programs. These include the electrical lineman program, clinical nurse aid training, “biowork” or pharmaceutical training and massage therapy training, among an array of programs, executive director of community relations Edward Terry said.

 

“This is the first time that there’s been so much help available,” he said.

 

In addition to the state funds available, Poarch said the college offers new scholarship opportunities each year.

 

“It’s a great year to go to college because there are so many financial resources,” he said. “All these resources combined tackle (financial) challenges. … It’s all about increasing access to higher education.”

 

To apply for scholarships or find out more visit http://www.cccti.edu/scholarships/ or call 828-726-2200.

 

Reporter Carmen Boone can be reached at 828-610-8723

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