Morton College Introduces Panther Balance Forgiveness Grant

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Morton College is introducing a new program for the Spring 2021 semester to help students in good academic standing, but are facing financial difficulties. The Panther Balance Forgiveness Grant Initiative, a one-time program, will allow students to enroll for the Spring 2021 semester even if they have a previous balance from the Fall or Summer 2020. The grant, funded through the CARES Act for the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund (GEERF), will forgive up to $500 of a student’s previous balance. Morton College plans to pre-identify qualified students and inform them about the grant program by either text, e-mail, or phone. Grant qualifications include:

• Having 30 or fewer credits left to earn degree;

• FAFSA eligible;

• Enrolled in minimum 6 credit hours;

• Pursuing a certificate or degree;

• Current cumulative GPA of 2.0;

• Having a balance for fall or summer 2020;

• Remaining enrolled through the end of the Spring 2021 semester.

Spring semester enrollment begins on November 2nd for students with 30+ credit hours completed and November 9th for all students. For more information, please contact Marisol Velazquez, Dean of Student Services via email at

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