ALBANY, Ga (WALB) – On Wednesday, Albany Technical College (ATC) announced that the facility has received funding from the US Department of Education as part of CARES ACT 2021 to include Higher Education Emergency Relief (HEERF) and the American Rescue Plan (ARP).

Under HEERF and ARP funding, colleges and universities can use a portion of their funding to pay off student debt or unpaid balances owed to the institution.

To help students who have experienced financial hardship due to the coronavirus, ATC plans to pay off debt for students who were enrolled on or after March 13, 2020.

ATC said the goal was to ease financial hardship caused primarily by the COVID-19 pandemic and help students complete their education.

ATC will use funds from the CARES Act to help students affected by the economic effects of the pandemic.

“No student should have to stay home because they can’t afford to pay their past due debt after suffering the financial devastation caused by a global pandemic. Students in technical colleges have been particularly affected by COVID-19, ”President Anthony Parker said. “By eliminating the debt these students owe to college, we are removing a barrier that is preventing far too many people from moving forward on successful life paths.”

The college said letters and emails would be sent to all students eligible for debt relief.

Anyone with questions can call and ask for Helen Catt at (229) 430-6159 or email hcatt@albanytech.edu.

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