PGCC to Provide Assistance for Students Affected by Partial Shutdown

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Article by: Tabresha B. Langham

For Immediate Release


PGCC to Provide Assistance for Students Affected by Partial Shutdown


LARGO, Md. (Jan. 10, 2019) – Prince George’s Community College (PGCC) announced that it will provide assistance to students impacted by the current federal government shutdown at a press conference with Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks and other county and regional partners.

“We understand that some of our students may be adversely affected because of the government shutdown. We are committed to support these students and ensure that their educational endeavors are not prolonged or interrupted,” said PGCC President Dr. Charlene Dukes.

County Executive Angela Alsobrooks said, “We anticipate as of tomorrow that many of our neighbors and friends and loved ones will wake up and feel the stress of having not received a paycheck.” She continued, “I am really pleased to stand today with a number of our partners who have come together to express to our residents, that although the federal government may be shut down, we are fully operational.”

If students or their families are experiencing financial hardships as a result of the government shutdown, PGCC would like to help them avoid any interruption to the upcoming semester. Tuition assistance programs will be available for eligible students to support the academic and career goals of those impacted. To learn more about the criteria and required documents, students should contact the Tuition Assistance Hotline at 301-546-0154.

“The government shutdown may create unforeseen financial challenges for families and individuals,” said Dukes. “Our goal at the college is to help alleviate stress and worry for those impacted so that they continue their pursuit of a higher education with the necessary focus and determination.”

About Prince George’s Community College
Named a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance designated by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security (2015-2020), Prince George’s Community College (PGCC) provides high-quality education and training for the progressive and career-oriented residents of Prince George’s County. From new high school graduates and career seekers to more seasoned professionals and senior citizens looking to enhance their skillsets, PGCC is comprised of students who represent a wide range of ages, backgrounds, and goals. Serving nearly 40,000 individuals annually, the college is the first choice for higher education for residents of Prince George’s County. Collaborative partnerships, responsive degree and training programs, and a commitment to student success enable PGCC to address diverse education and workforce development demands. For more information, visit the college website at Prince George’s Community College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104; (267-284-5000); The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council on Higher Education Accreditation.