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Raritan Valley Community College forgives student debt accumulated during the pandemic

BRANCHURG TOWNSHIP, NJ (Somerset County)Raritan Valley Community College is forgiving students’ outstanding unpaid account balances that were accrued during the COVID-19 pandemic, helping them to remove financial obstacles that could impact achieving their educational goals.

Approximately $1.7 million in unpaid tuition and fees is being forgiven for 1,300 RVCC students who were enrolled from March 13, 2020 to May 21, 2021.

“The effects of the pandemic have been personally and financially devastating for many students and their families. Eliminating some of the financial hardships placed on RVCC students will help them move forward and continue their higher education, whether they are seeking a path to transfer to a four-year school or gain skills and credentials at our Workforce Training Center,” RVCC President Michael J. McDonough said.

The funds were provided by the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, which provides financial relief to address the continued impact of COVID-19 on the economy, public health, state and local governments, individuals, and businesses.

The debt is being forgiven for all affected RVCC students, regardless of whether they are continuing their education at the College, their grade point average, or the number of credits they earned. Balances for visiting students were not forgiven.

RVCC offers a variety of scholarships and other financial assistance to help students overcome economic hardships that may hinder their education plans. The College also participates in the New Jersey Community College Opportunity Grant Program (NJ CCOG), which offers free community college to qualified students who have a total household adjusted income not exceeding $65,000.

Eligible students receive free tuition and most educational fees for up to 18 credits a semester. The NJ CCOG pays for all tuition and educational fee costs not covered by state, federal, institutional or community grants or scholarships.

Raritan Valley Community College’s Fall Semester begins September 1. For additional information, contact admissions@raritanval.edu, visit www.raritanval.edu/get-back-on-track or call 908-526-1200 (Select Option 2). To register for an Information Session or an Instant Decision Day, visit www.raritanval.edu/visit.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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