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Tallahassee Community College Helps Students Pay Their Debt Thanks To A Pandemic Grant

Patrick Sternad
WFSU Public Media
Exterior of Computer Technology and Workplace Development buildings at Tallahassee Community College.

Any student attending Tallahassee Community College (TCC) during the pandemic may have some of their debt covered by the college. The money is for students enrolled at TCC since March of 2020.

The funds are being made available through a grant from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) as part of federal coronavirus relief.

Students will receive a personalized email outlining how much they owe. A custom link will allow them to approve the use of the federal funds for outstanding tuition and fees.
The college says this is a one-time opportunity for students.

"Tallahassee Community College wants to ensure that our students are successful while they are here and debt-free when they graduate,” says Barbara Wills, Vice President for Administrative Services at TCC. “We know the pandemic has made it difficult for so many and are pleased to offer this assistance.”

TCC says current students will also receive a $5 daily credit to be used at food vendors located in the Student Union. They need to show their student ID when making a purchase to receive the credit.

Additional pandemic relief funds are available to support current and future students with the cost of attendance or for emergency costs related to COVID-19 such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care.

More information can be found here.

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