WEST WINDSOR, NJ – Mercer County Community College (MCCC) announced on Monday that students will be able to apply for direct financial assistance to attend classes. MCCC has received more than $1.9 million in direct aid to students, made available through the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act that earmarked $14 billion to help colleges, their students, and their families mitigate financial losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Of the $323 millions in funding coming to New Jersey, MCCC will receive a total of $3.85 million with more than half slated for direct aid to students.
Dr. Jianping Wang, president of MCCC said the college has been "anxiously awaiting the funds from the CARES Act."
“Our students are hurting, and many of them will not be able to complete the current semester without help." Wang said. “MCCC intends to distribute funds to students expeditiously who are in need of help with tuition and fees, textbooks, technology, food, and other eligible ways in order for them to stay enrolled and keep on learning,”
In addition to tuition and fees, eligible expenses include any financial obligation that could prevent a student from completing his or her education, including housing, child care, transportation, or access to technology. Currently enrolled students, and those enrolled for summer and fall semesters, are eligible.
To expedite the distribution process, MCCC has created a simple online application for students, which is available HERE.
Recently, the MCCC Board of Trustees approved a 20 percent reduction in tuition for all summer 2020 classes to help students impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.
“Affordability and accessibility have always been our goals at Mercer County Community College, and at no time has that been more important than now,” said Mark Matzen, chairman of the MCCC Board of Trustees. “When we emerge from this pandemic, we will do so with our eyes on the future, never having lost sight of the needs of our students.”
MCCC says they were already one of the most affordable options for a college education in the region. Now, with the reduction to $162.65 a credit hour for in-county and a 20 percent reduction for out-of-county and out-of-state residents, it will be one of the lowest in New Jersey.
“We know the COVID crisis has hit families hard, and it is our responsibility to help so that our students do not delay or defer their education,” said Wang. “We want our students to stay on track on their path to academic success, and ready to join the workforce as soon as this health crisis is over. When we reopen, we will need the participation of these students in the workforce to assure a speedy economic recovery.”
The summer semesters at MCCC have either a 12-week term, or two six-week terms. Classes begin on May 18, and June 30 for the later-starting six-week term and may be on "remote platforms" if necessary. Registration for summer 2020 terms is now open at MCCC with registration, counseling, and advising all available either online or via remote platforms.
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