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Students in the Tidewater area studying at ITT Tech were left without an alternative when the institute canceled class indefinitely on Sept. 6.
The institute closed 130 of its campuses nationwide, leaving 500 students at its Norfolk campus without a school. On Thursday, the Tidewater Community College Educational Foundation announced a College Continuation Scholarship Fund that can grant displaced ITT Tech students up to $1,000 if they enroll at TCC. The funds can be applied to tuition, books and fees, according to TCC’s website.
“We’re assisting students in crisis,” said TCC President Edna V. Baehre-Kolovani in a press release. “Many already have college loans, and some have exhausted their sources of financial aid.”
To get the scholarship, students must maintain a 2.0 GPA, enroll in at least six credits per semester at TCC, write a brief essay on their educational disruptions, educational goals at TCC, and career aspirations and submit their transcripts, according to its website.
About 50 former ITT Tech students are enrolled, or are in the process of enrolling, for the spring semester at TCC, according to a press release. TCC’s website says that priority will be given to students whose schools closed in the last 24 months.
“The for-profit education industry is experiencing turmoil right now,” Kolovani said in a press release. “If this situation arises again, we want students to know they can turn to us.”
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