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MCC setting up scholarships to ease financial burden for students

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Manchester Community College is setting up scholarships to ease financial burden on students. (WFSB) Manchester Community College is setting up scholarships to ease financial burden on students. (WFSB)
MANCHESTER, CT (WFSB) -

College students know how difficult it can be to apply for financial aid, and then hoping to get enough money to take the courses they want.

Students at Manchester Community College are sitting down with the college president to discuss the challenge of getting enough money to take the classes they want.

Seventy percent of students at Manchester Community College (MCC) are part-time, and the college is finding many students are either applying to the college and not attending, or dropping out mid-semester.

“I've been there and this semester even I have a friend who is going through that. He can't make his payments. He had to drop out,” said Joel Bustamante, who is a third-year student at MCC and solely relies on financial aid.

This semester, nearly 900 students who applied to MCC paid their application fee but never enrolled.

More than 500 MCC students enrolled this semester but had to drop out because they couldn't afford their tuition.

But with the help of some local donors, the college president is hoping those numbers will change.

The college has been getting financial support from local donors, and scholarships will soon be available. School officials said they hope to have the program ready by the fall semester.

Students are being urged to apply, even if they’re getting some type of financial aid, as it could take away the financial burden.

Manchester Community College charges per credit hour, and part-time runs about $2,000 per semester.

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