Pittsfield: Micro-grants help BCC students reduce debt

PITTSFIELD — Berkshire Community College, with sponsorship from Guardian Life Insurance Company of America, is offering select students micro-grants to help them pay their past-due debts and stay on track to graduate.

The program is called the "Guardian Value Scholarship," which identifies students who are in good academic standing but unable to re-enroll due to college debt.

The scholarship can help reduce or remove a student's debt to the College which in turn allows them to register for upcoming spring 2018 classes at BCC.

The maximum value of the scholarship is $1,500. If a student owes more than $1,500, they are expected to pay down the remaining balance of their debt before they can register.

Recipients of the scholarship must agree to take a full course load (12 or more credits) including the College's BUS-139 Personal Finance course, a course that is supported by Guardian Life Insurance Company of America and is free to students.

In the fall 2017 semester, 39 students took the free personal finance course, which aims to help them learn to be more financially savvy.

For more information about Guardian Value Scholarships, contact Anne Moore in the Financial Aid office at 413-236-1641.

Spring classes begin Jan. 22, 2018.


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