A local college will alleviate the financial burdens for students this summer.
Grand Rapids Community College will waive fees for students taking summer classes, most beginning May 11. This could allow students taking six credits or more to save $200.
Students who already paid for summer classes will receive a refund. The college also is providing free shipping for all textbooks and class materials for summer classes.
“We know people are hurting right now,” said Bill Pink, GRCC president. “We want to make it easier for people to start — or resume — an education to prepare for their next step. GRCC will play an important role in getting West Michigan back to work. We want to remove as many barriers as we can to best serve our community.”
The fees usually cover technology, record keeping, facilities and student activities with some classes also requiring additional charges for materials.
GRCC offers two seven-week sessions and one 14-week session. Classes in the 14-week session and the first seven-week session will be conducted through distance learning.
The second seven-week session, scheduled to begin June 30, is set to offer classes through both distance learning and face-to-face instruction. GRCC leaders will determine by May 22 if any changes need to be made to the second seven-week schedule.