(Hartford, Conn. WTIC)-The Connecticut State College University system has announced that is forgiving all debt amassed by Community College students during the pandemic.
The deal, for the state's twelve community colleges, is worth more than 17-million dollars. The University system plans on using money from the federal Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund to cover the costs for the more than 18-thousand students.
Connecticut Colleges and Universities President Dr. Terrence Cheng calls the move a game-changer. Cheng says in his two decades in education he's witnessed students who incurred too much debt to continue. He's hoping this helps them receive an education and pit provides motivation to get them back in the classroom.
The move comes with no strings attached. Cheng says each community college bursar will help students with the process.