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Illinois Central College Eliminates $1.1 million in Student Debt Accrued During COVID

Illinois Central College is pleased to announce the elimination of $1.1 million of student debt incurred by more than 1,700 students who were enrolled during the most significantly impacted COVID-19 semesters, Spring 2020 through Summer 2021. 

The elimination of outstanding account balances with the college, including tuition, fees, books, late fees, and daycare, was applied to student accounts earlier this week. The move helps to alleviate financial strain placed on ICC students due to changes in their employment or health statuses caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. ICC utilized funds from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) established by the American Rescue Plan to cover the incurred debt. 

“We recognize our students who attended ICC from the Spring of 2020 through the Summer of 2021, had every intention of honoring their account balances, and for many reasons associated with the global COVID-19 pandemic, those obligations were not able to be met,” said Illinois Central College President Sheila Quirk-Bailey. “We are thrilled to eliminate $1.1 million in financial burdens for our students to continue in their educational journey. This fresh start will help so many students pursue better lives and careers.”