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GRCC plans virtual ‘Service Saturday’ to help students prepare for Monday’s Winter 2022 semester start

Jan. 5, 2022, GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- New and returning students can get last-minute help applying, registering, and preparing for the start of winter classes at Grand Rapids Community College with a special virtual GRCC Service Saturday.

The event is planned for 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Jan. 8, with GRCC specialists ready to remotely answer questions or provide assistance students might need prior to Monday’s start of the Winter 2022 semester.

About 60 percent of available Winter Semester classes are being offered in online, virtual and hybrid formats, making a GRCC education more accessible to students of all ages, allowing them to schedule around home and work responsibilities – and not worry about commuting during icy weather.

More than 10,900 students already have enrolled in Winter 2022 classes, an increase of nearly 3 percent from a year ago.

Tina Hoxie, GRCC’s associate provost and dean of Student Affairs, said there is still time for students to enroll in winter classes.

“The winter semester is a perfect time to take advantage of educational opportunities, especially with the online classes students of all ages are finding convenient,” she said. “Even taking two classes will allow students to qualify for some programs that lower costs while helping them keep that momentum and work toward a credential.”

Students can call the campus’ general information number at (616) 234-4000, text (616) 383-2842, or can connect directly with the following individual departments:

  • Admissions and Enrollment: (616) 234-3300
  • Financial Aid: (616) 234-4030
  • Student Financial Services: (616) 234-4020
  • Student Records and Veterans Services: (616) 234-4121

Students in need of Academic Advising assistance can text (616) 404-0044 or sign up for an Express Advising session. Sign up for these sessions opens Saturday morning at 10 a.m. and runs to 1 p.m.

Several programs are available to help students lower or even eliminate in-district tuition costs. Specialists can help students determine if they are eligible for the state Michigan Reconnect program, a Grand Rapids Promise Zone scholarship, a federal Pell Grant, or the Michigan Equity, Courage, Hope, and Opportunity Scholarship for students not eligible for federal financial aid.

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