College Offers Tuition Assistance For Local Unemployed

POTTSTOWN PA – Montgomery County Community College hopes to help unemployed local residents get back on their feet by offering tuition assistance through a new “Montco Recovery Tuition Assistance Program.”

“These are challenging times resulting in many people losing their jobs due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic,” MCCC President Dr. Victoria Bastecki-Perez said. The college “wants to help residents who qualify recover by offering tuition waivers so they can affordably earn a credential or degree and obtain employment.”

Assistance through the program is available to any Montgomery County residents who suffered full- or part-time employment loss on or after March 6, 2020, the date of Gov. Tom Wolf’s emergency disaster declaration. Supporting documentation is required.

To qualify, applicants must enroll in and attend a degree, certificate or financial-aid eligible non-credit program during the college’s Spring 2021 semester. In addition, applicants must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, and any grants or scholarships awarded will be applied before the tuition assistance.

Registration deadlines for Spring 2021 are Jan. 20 (2021) for the 15-week and 7-week sessions, and March 22 for the second 7-week session. Tuition assistance is available for both part-time and full-time students and is based on the number of credits taken.

Additionally, MCCC also can conduct a prior learning assessment of each applicant to determine whether any courses can be waived or credits applied for prior work experience, education and military training and experience as applicable. It reported the assessment can save students a substantial amount of time and additional costs in completing their education.

The college offers more than 100 degree, certificate, and specialized workforce training programs in over 50 areas of study to help students start new careers upon completion or continue their education at one of 30 transfer partner institutions.

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