Significant funding available for college students this fall

New and current Northern Wyoming Community College District students can now apply for additional funding recently announced by Gov. Mark Gordon to pay for college. Created with federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding, the Adult Education Grant Program and the CARES Wyoming College Grant Program provides $57.5 million dollars in aid to students attending Wyoming colleges this fall.

Students can easily apply and may receive funds from both programs depending on their unique situation. The Adult Education Grant Program is for adults ages 25 to 64 who are unemployed or underemployed due to COVID-19. Students can receive up to $2,500 for the fall 2020 semester. The CARES Wyoming College Grant Program has no age specifications, and students can receive up to $5,162 for living expenses beyond tuition and fees, such as housing costs and food.

“The economic impacts of the pandemic are far reaching and have prevented many students from starting or continuing college due to the cost,” said NWCCD President Dr. Walt Tribley. “These programs are just what we need to get people back on track and working towards a successful future.”

Grant funding is available on a first-come, first-serve basis and, if received, will be taken into consideration with a student’s complete financial aid package. To be eligible for funding, a student must be a U.S. citizen.

“Now is the perfect time to add valuable skills related to your current job or start a completely new career with a degree or certificate,” said Tribley. “Pursuing higher education is one of the most important steps you can take to safeguard your future, and this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to do so without having to worry about how to pay for it.”

For more information and to apply online, go to NWCCD campuses, including Gillette College, Sheridan College and Sheridan College in Johnson County, begin fall classes Monday, Aug. 24.