Federal COVID Funds Used to Clear Outstanding Student Balances

October 27, 2021 |

Federal dollars are being used to help students continue their education with East Central College.

The College is using Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF) to eliminate outstanding balances of students who were affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The balances were prohibiting those students from enrolling in classes.

More than 200 students that were enrolled in either the 2020 spring, summer or fall semesters; or the 2021 spring or summer semesters, will now have the opportunity to register for classes at ECC. Nearly $160,000 in funding is being used to clear the balances of 232 students.

“The U.S. Department of Education views the use of the HEERF funds as a tool to decrease barriers for students.” said Dr. Jon Bauer, ECC president. “We hope the students will take advantage of this opportunity to continue their education with us and complete their certificate or degree.”

Students will be directly contacted by the College alerting them to the opportunity to enroll in classes for the upcoming spring or summer semester, or the 2022 fall semester.

Interested students will need to contact their academic advisor or call Student Services at 636-584-6588.