GRCC Uses Leap Day to Inform about Benefits and Programs

GRCC will open its Enrollment Center Wednesday, Feb. 29 from 6-8 p.m. for a Leap Day Open House to inform students about college programs and qualifications for free tuition and books.

 “Workers who have been laid off from certain companies may qualify for federal aid to pay for books and tuition,” Michigan Works representative Ruben Duran said.

Duran said there are many workers who have been laid off in the Grand Rapids area who may not realize or have forgotten they qualify for federal aid.

“We pay for everything,” Duran said in reference to the education benefits covered for qualifying candidates.

Michigan Works representatives will be available at the open house to speak with workers who have been laid off as far back as the year 2000. 

The open house will also have information for students considering higher learning, including how in-district students can save up to $22,500 over their first two years of college by taking classes at GRCC. Students in attendance will also receive information on how to apply for financial aid, register for classes and transfer to a 4-year university.

“GRCC offers a great way for students of all ages to save money on a quality education.  Whether you are a student fresh out of high school or an older adult trying to get into a new career, the Leap Day Open House is the place to start,” said Student Life Director Eric Mullen.

The open house will feature GRCC’s certificate and degree programs, which can either prepare students for a new career or to transfer to a 4-year university for further study.

College representatives will be ready to answer any questions students may have about college procedures and programs. 

For more information on this event, please call 616.234.4164 or

Grand Rapids Community College, established in 1914, offers opportunities for over 30,000 students annually in degree courses, certification and training programs, workshops and personal enrichment classes. GRCC holds classes on the downtown Grand Rapids campus as well as several additional locations throughout Kent and Ottawa counties.