Across the state, community colleges, including Clatsop Community College, are experiencing a huge influx of new students, many of whom are unemployed workers seeking retraining and students realizing that community colleges are a good bargain for beginning their college educations.
The increase in new students means a significant increase in financial aid applications to be evaluated and processed.
At Clatsop, the financial aid office has been working as quickly and efficiently as possible to process every financial aid application as it is completed, but some students who come to register for Fall classes may discover that their application is still in the processing queue. At this point, students who submitted required documentation before June 30 either have received an award notice or their applications are currently being processed. Completed applications received after June 30 will be processed in chronological order and students will be notified as their award status is made final.
"We are doing all we can to make sure that qualified students receive their awards as soon as possible," says Sharon Boring, Director of Financial Aid. "We understand that some students will have to choose to register without knowing the amount of any financial aid package they might have coming, so we have waived late fees for tuition payment and we are offering various payment plans to students so they can get started."
The CCC Foundation is also stepping in to help students who want to register but are still waiting for word on their financial aid applications. The Foundation will offer short-term loans from the Geraldine Swenson Fund to qualified registered students to help them pay for textbooks.
Students can register and select payments options on-line, including the Installment payment option on their MyCCC account at www.clatsopcc.edu
Students can learn more about what is happening with financial aid applications for Fall Term by visiting www.clatsopcc.edu/DEPT/FA/fin_aid.html or by sending an email to Financial Aid (preferred) or calling 503-338-2567.
Clatsop Community College is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution.