CSCU Community College student debt racked up during pandemic must be forgiven – NBC Connecticut
Debt that community college students in the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities system have incurred or have been unable to repay due to the pandemic will be canceled, according to Connecticut State Colleges and Universities President Terrence Cheng.
About $ 17 million will be forgiven, according to CSCU. This will affect 18,161 current and former students.
Cheng said on Tuesday that the money from the Federal Emergency Relief Fund for higher education would be used and that the pardon would affect all account balances resulting from registrations from summer 2019 to spring 2021. All lockdowns from records related to these unpaid balances have been removed.
He said there are no conditions and that students are not required to register for classes in future semesters.
“Community college students have been particularly affected by COVID-19,” Cheng said in a statement. “By eliminating the debt these students owe to institutions, we are removing a barrier that prevents too many people from continuing their education. Our message to students is simple: you now have a clean slate, so if an account balance got in the way, you can now enroll in fall semester courses.
In addition to debt cancellation, the CSCU said it has distributed more than $ 56 million in direct payments to students system-wide, using federal stimulus funds, since 2020 and additional announcements on the student support is expected in the coming weeks.