More than $4.9 million in grants have been disbursed to Central Community College students as part of the American Rescue Plan approved by Congress earlier this year.

More than 6,000 CCC students received the federal funds, with awards ranging from $350 to $2,000. The amount received is based on enrollment and financial aid status.

Students may use the dollars to pay outstanding tuition balances or other educational expenses.

“During the pandemic, our students faced several challenges, including loss of employment, impact on family child care and illness,” said Janel Walton, dean of enrollment management. “These grants will help thousands of CCC full-time, part-time and early college students, recover from the economic fallout of the pandemic and focus on their courses.”

In the fall 2020 and spring 2021 semesters, CCC students also received federal relief dollars under the U.S. CARES Act/Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund.

CCC serves as 25-county area, maintaining campuses at Hastings, Grand Island and Columbus and centers at Kearney, Holdrege, Lexington and Ord, as well as online and community-based instructional opportunities and early college programming in area high schools.

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