South Georgia State College (SGSC) recently provided debt relief to a number of SGSC students thanks to the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF), provided by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Postsecondary Education. SGSC used $68,716.19 of HEERF funds to discharge student debt for overdue unpaid balances for 137 students who were enrolled on or after March 13, 2020.
SGSC President Dr. Ingrid Thompson-Sellers said, “Many of our students have encountered hardships throughout the time of this pandemic. We are here to support them academically and personally, but there is also a financial need that should be addressed in order for our students to reach their goals of graduation and a fulfilling career. I am proud that SGSC finds the importance of using its federal assistance funds to ensure students can still succeed despite the roadblocks caused by the effects of COVID-19. Our SGSC team stands ready to help impacted students and to assist them in any way.”
SGSC has been moving forward this past year by continuing to offer academic programs at an affordable tuition rate while giving students the resources and attention to be successful. With over 20 two-year transfer pathways and eight baccalaureate programs, SGSC is available for local students to start on the Douglas and Waycross campuses and continue through to a four-year degree. The Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering Technology is the newest degree added to SGSC’s academic portfolio, and it prepares students to be able to live in the community and work with local industries while contributing to the college’s economic impact.
“We are thankful to be able to provide support for our students. Despite the challenges we have faced, SGSC continues to give students the opportunity to focus on their college education,” explains Dr. Thompson-Sellers. “Few things are more rewarding than to see a student who has had to push through tough times walk across the graduation stage to receive a diploma. Our students have persevered and will continue to do so during this academic year. We are truly proud to be a part of their successes.”
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