Navajo-Hopi Nations,Flagstaff & Winslow News
Mon, April 06

Fall numbers increase at Coconino Community College
Increases specific to financial aid and full time students

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - Coconino Community College (CCC) has shown an increase in students and even more significantly, full-time students. The increases show that students are taking full schedules in order to complete a degree or program in a minimal amount of time as well as take advantage of any financial assistance offered to full-time students through workplace training, insurance reductions, government aid, or loan programs.

Total enrollment is up 18.7 percent and full-time equivalent students are up 21 percent. CCC also has seen an increase of students who are new applicants, up 9.8 percent, as well as an increase in students who have come to CCC and have graduated from high school within the previous year.

Interest in financial aid at CCC is also at an all time high. Bob Voytek, Director of Student Financial Aid said, "In the history of Coconino Community College, we have never experienced so many students applying for financial aid. This year there is a tremendous demand for financial assistance."

In the fall of 2008, CCC dispersed $780,000 in Pell Grants; fall 2009, $1.34 million, a 72 percent increase in dollar volume. Subsidized loans fall 2008, $249,000; fall 2009, $400,000, a 61 percent increase in dollar volume.Unsubsidized loans, fall 2008, $277,000; fall 2009, $424,000, a 53 percent increase in dollar volume.

These numbers do not include another 167 completed student files going through the verification process who will be getting their financial aid in the next few weeks.

CCC President Dr. Leah Bornstein said, "Traditionally, community colleges experience explosive growth during economic recessions. The fact that the Obama administration has committed $12 billion to community college funding has fueled even more interest."

She added, "Not since the GI bill has a president placed this much emphasis on community college education. It is the first time in history a president has recognized importance of community colleges as a key to the vitality of our economy and global competitiveness."

For more information on Coconino Community College, go to www.coconino.edu.

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