Delta College announces student debt forgiveness



In an age of massive university debt, students at Delta College suddenly find themselves debt-free.

The college board of trustees voted earlier this month to eliminate all student debt currently on the books of Delta students, past and present. This represents over $ 3.6 million.

This is yet another effort by the College to support students amid COVID-19. Delta also distributed more than $ 7.5 million in emergency grants and loaned hundreds of laptops and textbooks free of charge.

Like these other strategies, the cost of writing off student debt will be covered by federal dollars in COVID relief.

Not only will students benefit financially, but those who have holdbacks in their records due to unpaid debt will now be able to re-enroll in classes and complete their studies, which will prepare them to begin a new career in the community or to graduate. move to a four-year program. University. Students who were unable to obtain transcripts due to the retention of their records will now be able to do so as well.

“I am grateful to the Delta Board of Directors for taking this step and putting students first,” said Acting Superintendent / President Dr. Lisa Aguilera Lawrenson. “Many of our students struggle to pay their bills and put food on the table, making it all the more difficult for them to meet their educational goals. We absolutely must do everything to help them persevere.

“The Trustees of San Joaquin Delta College remain committed to supporting our students in these turbulent times and believe that the best way to do this right now is to allocate funds that help to clear previous student debt,” said Chairman of the Board. of Directors, Dr Charles Jennings. “We hope this investment will allow students to return to school and stay in school, which in turn will create better lives for everyone in our community.”

This year, the Federal Reserve estimated US student loan debt to hit a record $ 1.7 trillion.

Delta College has always been an affordable alternative. Two in three students are entitled to free tuition, including all full-time first-time students. In total, Delta provides approximately $ 45 million in financial assistance each year.

Nonetheless, many Delta students still face great financial difficulties, with over 60% of students saying in a recent survey that they were struggling to meet one or more of their basic needs.

In the past, students have accrued debts for various unpaid fees and therefore have not been able to register for courses or obtain transcripts.

Now these existing debts are erased. It is not yet known when the process will be finalized, but no action is required from the students.

Delta strongly encourages these students to then enroll in the spring semester courses and continue their studies. The new semester begins the week of January 17th. A special Enrollment Express event to facilitate registration is scheduled for Saturday January 15th. Help is available during business hours at deltacollege.edu.


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