Lansing Community College

LCC forgives four years of student debt

By Seleana Samuel

Payment counter at LCC

LANSING, Mich. - Students are getting a fresh start at Lansing Community College. The college is forgiving student debt from fall 2017 through spring 2021, giving students a chance to pick up where they left off in their education.

LCC is using federal funding to forgive outstanding account balances for the past four years. This includes recalling eligible accounts from collection. The funding comes from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund III (HEERF III), authorized by the 2021 American Rescue Plan.

“The pandemic has been hard for everyone, and we want to pay forward this federal funding to benefit our students,” President Steve Robinson said. “We hope students take advantage of this fresh start to re-enroll and complete their education, but even if they don’t, we hope the account forgiveness gives them some peace of mind during a difficult time.”

It is important to note that, due to the nature of the federal funding, this is a one-time program. Students are responsible for full payment for all future semesters, either through financial aid, a payment plan or payment in full. Multiple payment plans are available to students, making budgeting their return to college convenient.

Students who think they might receive account forgiveness from this program can learn more at lcc.edu/freshstart.

Fall registration at LCC is open now, with numerous face-to-face and online options available. Learn more at lcc.edu/getstarted.

 

About Lansing Community College

Lansing Community College, founded in 1957, is one of the largest community colleges in Michigan, serving more than 23,000 students across a six-county area each year. LCC offers courses in general education for those interested in transferring to a four-year institution, career and workforce development, developmental education and personal enrichment. To meet the professional development and training needs of regional employees, the college offers customized programs for credit, non-credit and continuing education. The University Center at LCC offers students the opportunity to earn bachelor’s and master’s degrees from five partner universities on the downtown LCC campus. For more information, visit lcc.edu.

Lansing Community College is committed to providing equal employment opportunities and equal education for all persons regardless of race, color, sex, age, religion, national origin, creed, ancestry, height, weight, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, familial status, marital status, military status, veteran’s status, or other status as protected by law, or genetic information that is unrelated to the person’s ability to perform the duties of a particular job or position or that is unrelated to the person’s ability to participate in educational programs, courses, services or activities offered by the college.

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies: Equal Opportunity Officer, Washington Court Place, 309 N. Washington Square Lansing, MI 48933, 517-483-1730; Employee Coordinator 504/ADA, Administration Building, 610 N. Capitol Ave. Lansing, MI 48933, 517-483-1875; Student Coordinator 504/ADA, Gannon Building, 411 N. Grand Ave. Lansing, MI 48933, 517-483-1885; Lori Willett, Human Resource Manager/Title IX Coordinator, Administration Building, 610 N. Capitol Ave. Lansing, MI 48933, 517-483-1870; Christine Thompson, Student Title IX Coordinator, Gannon Building, 411 N. Grand Ave. Lansing, MI 48933, 517-483-1261.

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