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McHenry County College Rounds Up for Student Success

[Tuesday, September 12, 2017]

McHenry County College (MCC) is rounding up for student success by inviting students and employees to round up their total purchase in the MCC café to the next dollar. The spare change goes toward the MCC Student Success Fund (SSF), which serves students in a financial emergency or crisis.

Starting this month, anyone making a purchase in the café can tell the cashier to keep the change and the money goes into the MCC Success Fund, which has been created and approved by the Friends of MCC Foundation as a newly available pilot program to assist currently enrolled students. The SSF provides students with immediate financial support for expenses related to an unexpected emergency, such as an accident, illness, death of a family member, fire damage or need for temporary housing that results in their continued education to be at risk. The fund is sustained by continual contributions from students, alumni, parents, faculty, staff and friends of the College.

            "The primary purpose of the Student Success Fund is to keep students in class when unforeseen occurrences may impact the student’s ability to stay in college and complete their educational goals," said Chris Gray, vice president of Academic and Student Affairs.

"We see students all the time who are living on the edge of balancing work, school, family and economic pressures," Gray said. "While a flat tire or an unexpected dental bill may not mean much to some families, a small unexpected bill can often mean a student has to make a choice between work and college. This fund helps students with those unexpected emergencies."

            Any student who is in a financial crisis may inquire about the Student Success Fund in Student Life, Room A245 or call (815) 455-8550.


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