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Southwest Tennessee Community College Eliminates $1.8 Million in Debt for Hundreds of Students Hit Hard by the Pandemic

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Memphis, TN, August 09, 2021 –(PR.com)– Southwest Tennessee Community College has paid more than $1.8 million to clear outstanding balances for more than 1,600 eligible students who attended Southwest during the Spring 2020, Summer 2020 and Fall 2020 semesters. Southwest funded the unprecedented debt-relief package with U.S. Department of Education Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF).

The debt forgiveness will provide students financially impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic the opportunity to come back to college with a fresh start and continue their academic journey. Students do not have to repay the relief funds.

“Our students were hit particularly hard by the pandemic and many of them had to leave college abruptly,” Dr. Tracy D. Hall, president of Southwest Tennessee Community College said. “Wiping the slate clean clears a path for them to come back and move forward with their goals and career aspirations,”…

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