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Federal Funding Cuts Impacting MCTC Students and Staff

Federal Funding Cuts Impacting MCTC Students and Staff

MCTC has received notification that federal funding for several of its longstanding student support programs will be discontinued.

The U.S. Department of Education offers a number of student financial aid programs. More than $120 billion is awarded each year in grants, work-study funds and loans to more than 13 million students. This helps college students across the country pay for tuition, fees, room and board, books, supplies, transportation and dependent care.

For these programs to be available to MCTC students, staff submit grant applications according to regularly scheduled review cycles. When awarded, these grants are available for MCTC’s students to apply for eligibility.

Following many years of MCTC providing its students with support through TRIO Education Talent Search (ETS), Veterans Upward Bound (VUB) and Child Care Access Means Parents In School (CCAMPIS) programs, MCTC’s federal funding is being discontinued.

Aside from the students being impacted by the cuts, these funding decisions are also leading to several staff positions at MCTC being eliminated.

“We regret losing these valuable employees who have worked so hard on behalf of students,” MCTC’s president Dr. Sharon Pierce said. “We remain committed to finding alternative funding sources to decrease our reliance on federal funds. It is critical that we continue to be able to sustain such valuable student support programs regardless of the political climate.”

A celebration honoring the work of MCTC’s TRIO Talent Search and TRIO Veterans Upward Bound will be December 11. For details, please contact Becky Nordin, Dean of Students, at (612) 659-6712.

For additional information about these programs or the cuts being made, please visit the following pages: