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IVCC Students Received Relief Funds This Spring

Students who received refund checks were nearly 80% in fall, over 97% in the spring

Illinois Valley Community College Financial Aid Director Eric Johnson said 1,776 students received Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds this spring and more than 800 of those students also received financial aid.

 “The percentage of students who fulfilled their tuition and fee obligations and subsequently received a refund check was nearly 80% in fall and over 97% in spring,” Johnson said.

Last fall and spring, 2,653 students received $6.7 million in Pell, MAP, loans, veteran benefits and IVCC Foundation scholarships. In fiscal 2021, 3,460 students received $8.3 million.

“Our office is helping make higher education more accessible to students and families,” Johnson said.

In other business, trustees approved a four-year collective bargaining agreement with 74 faculty represented by the American Federation of Teachers Local 1810.

The contract for full-time teachers and counselors provides increases ranging from 3.5 to 4.25%, professional development, early retirement and health incentives and more opportunities for counselors to serve during peak demand periods.

IVCC President Jerry Corcoran credited the negotiating teams for reaching agreements before the existing CBAs expire June 30. Last month, trustees approved a five-year CBA with SEIU Local 138 representing 16 members of the maintenance and custodial staff.

In addition, compensation for 256 employees “not affected by a negotiated labor agreement” was approved. The group, made up primarily of support staff and administrators, will receive 4% increases. Special adjustments were made for several individuals.

“To remain competitive and provide a sustainable wage, it was determined about 30 individuals warranted adjustments,” said Vice President for Business Services and Finance Matt Seaton. 

Source: Putnam County Record