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GRCC to hold virtual Service Saturday to assist students before semester starts

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Grand Rapids Community College is set to host a virtual event for any students who need help applying, registering and preparing for the start of the winter semester. 

The event, GRCC Service Saturday, is planned for 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Jan. 8. GRCC specialists will be available to answer questions and help students with setting up their class schedules for the coming semester.

The school is making strides toward accommodating more students who have work and home obligations by offering 60% of available classes online. This includes both virtual and hybrid options, and has the added benefit of allowing students to stay at home and avoid any inclement weather.

There has been a 3% increase in student enrollment for the coming semester, with over 10,900 students currently set to participate in winter classes. 

For any students who have been slow to enroll in classes, there is still time to do so. Tina Hoxie, GRCC’s associate provost and dean of Student Affairs, is encouraging students to consider the opportunities offered at GRCC as well as the options available for anyone who can only take a partial schedule of classes.

“The winter semester is a perfect time to take advantage of educational opportunities, especially with the online classes students of all ages are finding convenient,” she said in a press release for the event. “Even taking two classes will allow students to qualify for some programs that lower costs while helping them keep that momentum and work toward a credential.”

Any students with questions can call the campus’ general information number at (616) 234-4000 or text (616) 383-2842. In addition, you can connect directly with the following individual departments: 

  • Admissions and Enrollment: (616) 234-3300
  • Financial Aid: (616) 234-4030
  • Student Financial Services: (616) 234-4020
  • Student Records and Veterans Services: (616) 234-4121

Students in need of Academic Advising assistance can text (616) 404-0044 or sign up for an Express Advising session. Sign up for these sessions opens Saturday morning at 10 a.m. and runs to 1 p.m.

For students with questions pertaining to financial aid, GRCC offers several programs which can greatly reduce or even eliminate tuition costs. Specialists are available to help students determine if they are eligible for the state Michigan Reconnect program, a Grand Rapids Promise Zone scholarship, a federal Pell Grant, or the Michigan Equity, Courage, Hope, and Opportunity Scholarship for students not otherwise eligible for federal financial aid.

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