Front Range Community College announced Monday that it would use $1.7 million of what it received from the federal Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund to provide grants to summer students.
“We know that the pandemic has had a significant impact on many of our students,” FRCC President Andy Dorsey said in a news release. “We’re very glad to be able to link students to this assistance, which could completely pay for summer tuition for many of them.”
The grants — up to $1,500 per student— will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis until they are depleted, according to the college. The aid is not limited to tuition and will be given directly to students to use as they see fit.
FRCC is encouraging all students on financial aid to apply but expects funds will be available for students who were not previously receiving aid, too.
Jessica Peterson, FRCC spokesperson, said the college expects to help about 1,100 students but will look at allocating more funds if there is a considerable demand.
The application asks students how they’ve been primarily impacted by COVID-19 over the past year and includes options such as a lack of a computer or internet, inability to secure food, a lack of child care, health circumstances and more.
“What we’ve witnessed throughout the pandemic is a tremendous need for additional financial support for students — to assist with their housing costs, food, child care and other expenses outside the classroom,” Peterson said.
To be eligible for the grant, students must be enrolled in classes at FRCC for summer semester 2021, be a degree-seeking student at the college, fill out an application and be a U.S. citizen, national permanent resident or other noncitizen eligible through Title IV.
High school students taking classes through concurrent enrollment are not eligible, but high schoolers who will have graduated by the start of the summer term and are enrolled at FRCC can apply.
The deadline for students to apply is June 11.
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