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ECC Foundation approves one-time $90 in aid for students this fall

The Erie Community College Foundation is allocating additional scholarship money for the fall to help offset some of the recent increases in costs for students.

The foundation will award $90 to full-time students and $45 to part-time students who are set to graduate in the spring.

The one-time award, however, applies only to those students who applied for or received a scholarship for the coming year. It also includes students from Buffalo who have a Say Yes to Education scholarship and are within 30 credit hours of graduating.

The extra financial assistance will benefit a total of 304 students, college officials said.

ECC raised tuition for next year by $138, to $4,733, and increased the student technology fee. The additional award from the foundation is meant to cover the $90 increase in the technology fee, which jumped to $420 for full-time students.

“We are excited to help students fulfill their dream of graduating college by providing this one-time supplement to more than 300 students who are on schedule to graduate in the spring of 2017,” said Jeffrey L. Bagel, ECC associate vice president of foundation and alumni relations.

“By previously applying for scholarships, these students have already taken the initiative to invest in their own education. We want to show that we believe in them, as well.”