Austin Community College District (ACC) continues its work to make college something everyone can afford and pursue. To date, the college has distributed more than $55 million to over 15,500 students through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF).
Applications will open soon for students enrolled in classes this spring. Anyone impacted financially by the Coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) can apply for money to help cover the costs of college and life.
“This pandemic continues to impact our communities, and ACC wants to do what it can to empower those affected,” says Dr. Monique Umphrey, ACC provost and executive vice chancellor of Academic & Student Affairs. “Our goal is to help students stay on track and complete their college program without the burden of financial strain. I am so proud of the work happening at ACC to make sure those most impacted get the help they need to gain access to higher education and change their lives. We continue to take a thoughtful and dedicated approach to provide that lifeline our community needs.”
Since the start of the pandemic, ACC has received a total of more than $109 million in HEERF grants. All of these funds have gone either directly to students or to college initiatives and programs designed to mitigate the financial strains caused by COVID-19.
Highlights of support at ACC include:
This semester, ACC will continue this work and is looking to provide additional support in summer and fall including ongoing debt relief, expand scholarship opportunities, student service opportunities, and more.
More information about new opportunities will be shared as details are made available.
In the meantime, ACC encourages all students who need financial support to apply for HEERF funding. To learn more and explore all financial aid options, visit austincc.edu/payforcollege.