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March 9, 2021

QCC helps funnel $3.4M toward student support

Photo | Grant Welker The Quinsigamond Community College campus in Worcester

Quinsigamond Community College announced on Monday it has received $2.4 million in emergency funds from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II, which was authorized by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, as well as internally earmarked an additional $1 million internally toward helping students during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

“This unprecedented time in our history requires us to dig deep and support our students in every possible way,” said Luis Pedraja, president of the Worcester school. “This funding will go a long way in helping students realize their dreams of a better life.”

QCC launched a Student Emergency Fund for those experiencing significant hardship when the pandemic first began, making the assistance available to those who need it, including students exempt from receiving federal aid because of citizenship, residency or enrollment status.

To date, 571 students have received emergency aid, according to QCC.

“It is imperative we do everything we can to help our students mitigate the cost of higher education,” Pedraja said. “In today’s economy, people are realizing that minimizing debt through affordable college options is a smarter decision that will have positive and far-reaching implications.”

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