Miles Faculty to forgive $3.9 million in pupil debt

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Miles Faculty introduced it will cancel $3.9 million in federal pupil loans yesterday for all full-time college students enrolled within the Spring 2022 semester.

The dedication comes after the Birmingham metro school stated it will clear $2.1 million in excellent pupil balances and add $1.6 million to emergency grant support earlier this yr.

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“We perceive how pupil loans are disproportionately impacting our college students, and that is our first step in addressing the coed mortgage disaster that a lot of our college students face,” stated Michael Johnson, vp of enrollment administration, in a information launch. “Eliminating pupil loans for our college students will assist slender the wealth hole and have a long-term affect for our college students’ futures.”

In April, The U.S. Division of Schooling discharged $1.6 billion of debt supplied to traditionally black schools and universities, together with Miles Faculty, to help establishments throughout the COVID pandemic.

“Our HBCUs have lengthy been on an uneven taking part in subject, financially, as in comparison with many different postsecondary establishments,” Secretary of Schooling Miguel Cardona stated on the time. “This reduction will additional help these mission-critical establishments and assist to make sure they’ve extra assets to teach and graduate college students throughout the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic.”

Different faculties within the state, together with Central Alabama Neighborhood Faculty, Wallace State Neighborhood Faculty and Calhoun Neighborhood Faculty, even have forgiven some pupil debt this yr utilizing federal COVID reduction funds.