Salem Community College is waiving nearly $400,000 in student debt, paving the way for more than 250 students to continue their education.
Known as Jubilee (the biblical term referring to the periodic cancellation of debt), the initiative will remove all debt owed to SCC from the 2020 spring semester through spring 2021.
“Your Salem Community College recognizes that the COVID-19 pandemic has created unprecedented hardships for the College community,” said President Mike Gorman. “To help students get back on track, SCC will apply federal Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds to eliminate students’ financial obligation.
“We hope by eliminating this financial barrier, students will continue pursuing their education at SCC,” Gorman continued.
SCC anticipates at least 80 students from a pool of 252 eligible students will enroll this fall. The funds have already been applied to eligible students’ accounts.
The College has received several federal grants related to the pandemic. Most of the funds have been distributed to enrolled students throughout the year. These emergency funds have assisted students with living and educational expenses.
SCC will host an admissions open house on Wednesday, July 28 from 5 to 7 p.m. in Davidow Hall. “We look forward to prospective students and their families visiting campus and meeting with our staff and faculty,” said Gorman.
The fall semester begins on Tuesday, September 7.