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Trenholm State offers “hope” to Virginia College students

Meredith Winfield signing into the informational session at Trenholm State on behalf of her...
Meredith Winfield signing into the informational session at Trenholm State on behalf of her daughter.(Eric Knox (custom credit))
Updated: Dec. 18, 2018 at 9:29 PM CST
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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Trenholm State Community College held two open house meetings Tuesday afternoon for the students who were displaced by the sudden closure of Virginia College. Students were able to have one-one meetings with Trenholm State’s recruiters, counselors and financial aid advisers.

Recruiter DeCorey Calloway said the school decided to make it easier for the Virginia College students by accepting their general education course credits. While some courses tailored specifically to certain curriculum won’t transfer, he said the allowance will keep the students from having to start over on their degrees while also fulfilling the requirement for students to take at least 25 percent of their courses on Trenholm’s campus.

“I was originally told none of my courses would transfer,” Margaret Sanders said. “Now to learn they’ll take 75 percent of my classes, and I just have to take 25 percent on campus...it’s a blessing.”

Trenholm’s Directer of Financial Services, Betty Edwards, said the school’s tuition is much cheaper than Virginia College’s and that the financial aid offerings come in grants, scholarships and work study opportunities.

“They’re options you don’t have to pay back," Edwards said. “We are a public, not-for-profit school. Our tuition is relatively inexpensive. Usually the students, once they get the grants and scholarships, don’t need loans. If they have student loan debt coming in, it won’t increase here. If they don’t have loans, they won’t create any debt here.”

Edwards said students are able too apply for scholarships until January 4th.

The spring semester starts on January 9th. You can learn more about applying on the school’s website.

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