By James Herold
At the start of the 2021 fall semester, Grand Rapids Community College implemented a COVID-19 vaccine incentive program that allowed fully vaccinated students to receive $200 on their RaiderCard.
The program was officially closed on Nov. 15, and a total of 4,534 students received the $200 incentive.
“I personally use it for parking and food,” said GRCC student Matthew Richards, 20. “I’m on the basketball team for CC, so whenever I practice late at night, I eat at the Raider Cafe.”
Richards also noted that he paid for parking prior to receiving the incentive, and that the $200 would now help pay for that expense and more on campus.
Students who received the $200 can use it for campus dining, parking, printing and the campus bookstore.
“College leaders are monitoring developments with the delta variant, and are communicating with state and federal health authorities for guidance as conditions change,” said GRCC Communications Director Dave Murray in a press release.
The college continues to require face-coverings in all indoor campus locations as hand sanitizer dispensers, permanent air purification systems and other safety measures were implemented campus wide to combat the spread of COVID-19.
More information about the COVID-19 campus protocols can be found here.