Local school helping to decrease student debt

Published: Oct. 2, 2017 at 8:09 AM EDT
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Americans have more than 1.4 trillion dollars in unpaid education debt, according to the Federal Reserve. One school in our area is trying to take on this issue.

Virginia Western Community College has a program called CCAP, community college access program.The application opens Monday, October 2nd.

Graduating seniors are eligible for the program that started in 2008 and served more than 2,000 kids The school has wiped out millions of dollars in student debt.

"We can give the statistics, we've elevated more than four million dollars in debt and that ripples out into the community, 85% of our students stay in the area and they live, work, and play making this place their home. To me, the most important impact is the one on one. This changes students lives. Students who might otherwise have no opportunity to grow are able to do so and there is nothing more important than that," said Amanda Mansfield of Virginia Western Community College.

The program gives students up to three years to tuition free to complete their specific course load. The first open house to learn more information is October 10th.