Students receive nearly $14 million in stimulus funds, financial aid, scholarships and grants
Aug 28, 2021
To ease their financial woes, CCBC has distributed approximately $14 million to students -- covering tuition, paying off outstanding balances, and providing money for everyday expenses -- thanks to federal and state COVID-19 stimulus funding. In the most recent round of American Rescue Plan funding, CCBC has earmarked an additional $27 million for distribution to students.In Spring 2020, more than 4,000 students withdrew from CCBC classes due to the challenges of remote learning. Recognizing their struggles, the college utilized stimulus funding to allow students to retake courses in a later semester. CCBC also pooled funding during the pandemic’s onset -- stimulus funds, financial aid, scholarships and grants – to offer students a tuition-free opportunity. This resulted in more than 80% of students receiving full or partial tuition, a strategy that continues in the current Fall 2021 semester.
To further help students, CCBC utilized stimulus funding to create Second Chance Grants, eliminating outstanding tuition balances totaling $2,181,181 for 2,000 Summer and Fall 2020 students. An additional $833,956 was used to cover outstanding balances of 2,000 more students from the Spring 2021 semester.
Students enrolled in academic degree programs were not the only ones to benefit from the distribution of stimulus funds. Those seeking certificates that could easily allow them to enter the workforce and gain well-paying jobs experienced financial relief too. Most were able to take classes at no cost.
“As we continue to navigate through the pandemic, the road to economic recovery in the Baltimore region flows right through CCBC’s front door,” said CCBC President Sandra Kurtinitis. “This institution will continue to be a driving force in workforce development and job readiness to prepare students and workers for the higher paying jobs of tomorrow.”