Grand Rapids Community College is freezing tuition for the 2021-2022 academic year, part of an effort to make higher education affordable and accessible as West Michigan emerges from the pandemic.
President Bill Pink said the tuition freeze, approved unanimously today by the board of trustees, reflects the focus on keeping a college education within reach at a time when many people in the community are experiencing financial challenges.
“Our world has changed in ways we could not have imagined a year ago,” he said. “New skills are going to be needed as our employers respond and get up to speed. A GRCC degree or certificate helps our residents get the education they need to re-engage. We have always been the most affordable option for students. Our goal is to help as many people as possible.”
The freeze comes at a time when students have several options to attend with tuition covered by state and local programs. Michigan Reconnect is available for residents ages 25 and older who have not yet earned a degree. Futures for Frontliners supports students who worked in essential jobs during the spring pandemic shutdown, and Grand Rapids Promise Zone scholarships are for students graduating from a Grand Rapids high school.