BRIDGEPORT, Conn. -- Paying for college doesn't have to mean breaking the bank. Housatonic Community College is giving students the opportunity to complete school at their own, affordable pace.
For a seventeenth consecutive year, Housatonic Community College is partnering with Fairfield County-based, Near and Far Aid Association, providing students with finical support. Near and Far Aid has granted $12,000 to the Housatonic Community College Foundation to help it meet student requests for scholarships, making it easier to receive a quality education at an affordable cost.
“The entire HCC community is grateful for Near and Far Aid’s more than 10 years of commitment to the college and its students," said Housatonic Community College president, Paul Broadie. "Here, our focus is on students and providing them with educational experiences that positively transform their lives. This continued support helps students get the financial help they need to accomplish that goal.”
Near & Far Aid has a reputation for funding causes in Fairfield County that provide assistance -- educational and otherwise -- to those who need it most. "The organization’s investments at HCC mesh with the college’s accessible student-centered and community engaged service model," said Broadie.
The average age of HCC students is 27 years old and nearly 50 percent of them live in Bridgeport. Many are in charge of single-parent households and are defined as low-to-moderate income by federal guidelines and standards. For these students, financial aid is particularly crucial.
Since 2000, Housatonic Community College has received nearly $119,000 in grants from Near & Far Aid, an all-volunteer organization. Thanks to the organization's contributions, students at HCC can earn money to support their education at their desired pace.
"At HCC, we want to bring a powerful educational experience to our students but lower the costs so it's accessible to a much wider base of the community," said Broadie.
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