Students taking courses at Wayne Community College this summer may be eligible for grants that cover tuition and expenses.
The new Summer Accelerator Grant Program will assist postsecondary students who are taking summer courses to accelerate or stay on track towards graduation.
Community colleges have been allotted $5.3 million in federal funding for the grant program. It will cover tuition, fees, books, housing, childcare, and other expenses, based on the number of summer courses a student is taking.
To be eligible, a student must be a North Carolina resident for tuition purposes, enrolled in an academic program leading to a postsecondary degree or credential, and be working towards their first postsecondary degree or credential. Students taking courses outside of their home institution may also be eligible.
Katrina Lee, director of financial aid and veteran services, encouraged students who need assistance to attend WCC this summer to contact the college’s financial aid office at 919-739-6735 or by email and inquire about this grant and other options.
“In combination with other aid, this grant could mean free summer courses for some students,” she said.
WCC’s summer term begins May 24. To learn about the college’s admission process, go to the college’s website.
Funds will be available for students who take courses during the summer of 2022 and summer of 2023.
“For community college students who are balancing a job, family and college, the Summer Accelerator grants provide a lifeline to shorten their time to earn a degree and enter the job market,” said Thomas Stith, president of the North Carolina Community College System. “These grants are critical, particularly at this time when our Great 58 community colleges around the state are helping fuel North Carolina’s job engine and growing economy.”
Wayne Community College is a public, learning-centered institution with an open-door admission policy located in Goldsboro, N.C. As it works to develop a highly skilled and competitive workforce, the college serves 10,000 individuals annually as well as businesses, industry, and community organizations with high quality, affordable, accessible learning opportunities, including more than 165 college credit programs. WCC’s mission is to meet the educational, training, and cultural needs of the communities it serves.