Patrick Henry Community College to pay off student debt accrued during COVID-19


MARTINSVILLE, Va. (WFXR) – Some students at Patrick Henry Community College (PHCC) will be getting an early Christmas gift.

PHCC announced that it will be paying off debts of students with delinquent accounts that arose during the pandemic.

Anyone with a GPA of at least 2.0 who has an outstanding debt to the college that began on or after March 13, 2020, will be receiving letters from the school announced that their debt has been paid.

To cover the costs of these debts, PHCC is using some of the funds that it received from the federal government meant to cover revenue loss due to COVID-19.

Between the debt forgiveness and additional student stipends, PHCC is paying forward over $1.4 million of these funds directly to help its students.

“Student success is what we do at PHCC. And, when we saw that we could use our stimulus to help our students, it was not a question. That’s what we were going to do. By paying down their debts, we break down a barrier. With debt is no longer a deterrent, they can take advantage of the many, many opportunities that are available now to come to PHCC at no cost.”

Dr. Angeline Godwin, President of Patrick Henry Community College

When a student is unable to pay tuition and owes the college money, Virginia state policy mandates they cannot register for more classes. As such, debts can waylay a students’ academic progress even if they qualify for scholarships or grants that could cover the cost of their tuition moving forward.

With so many funding options becoming available this year that will completely cover the cost of tuition, PHCC’s administration did not want a delinquent account to prevent anyone from pursuing their educational goals.

To see the list of funding opportunities that can fully cover tuition, click here. Registration for summer and fall semesters is going on now. To schedule an appointment with an advisor, click here.

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