Henderson, KY – Henderson Community College (HCC) has paid off $250,000 worth of the college’s students’ debts, impacting over 330 students. The College was able to provide this debt relief thanks to the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF), provided by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Postsecondary Education.
HCC remains committed to helping students to achieve their academic goals, and HEERF is allowing the College to better serve the students impacted by COVID-19. All student debts from the Spring 2020, Fall 2020, and Spring 2021 terms have been forgiven. In addition, the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) is freezing tuition for the upcoming academic year.
Dr. Chad Phillips, Dean of Enrollment Management and Registrar, said, “HCC students were not immune from the secondary effects of COVID-19. From lost jobs to daycare closures to class format changes, many of our students struggled stay focused on their studies while staying afloat financially. I am proud to say that HCC continually leverages its federal and state assistance funds to ensure the effects of COVID-19 are no longer seen as roadblocks to student success.”
HCC’s Admissions team is ready to help impacted students get re-enrolled and get back on track with their education. In-person and virtual services, along with services during the evening, are available to assist students. HCC is also offering one-on-one financial aid assistance, and bilingual (Spanish) services. In addition, scholarships could also help students with their tuition thanks to the generosity of both local, private scholarships, and state scholarships, such as the Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship, which offers an opportunity for free tuition.
For more information on how to enroll or re-enroll at HCC, please call 270-827-6158. For additional information about the College, please visit www.henderson.kctcs.edu.