Temple College will offer emergency aid grants of up to $1,500 for students who enroll in classes this fall.

The college will give $1,400 emergency aid grants to students holding a high school diploma or GED who enroll in 12 or more hours of classes. Students who are eligible to receive federal Pell grants will receive an additional $100, for a total emergency aid grant of $1,500.

The college also will offer $900 emergency aid grants to high school students taking 12 or more hours of dual credit courses in the fall 2021 term.

Temple College is able to make these grants available thanks to a recent award of $10,785,585 from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund III, which is part of the American Rescue Plan signed into law March 11. Approximately half the HEERFIII funding – $5,583,2123 – will be distributed to students in the form of grants.

“This is a good time to be a college student from a financial aid perspective,” said Brandon Bozon, vice president for administrative services and chief financial officer at Temple College.

Bozon noted that students will have the option to apply their grants to their fall 2021 tuition bill, and the grants are substantial enough to cover 12 credit hours of classes for in-district students.

“This will allow residents of the Temple College district the opportunity to become full-time college students with little or no cost out of pocket,” Bozon said.

Bozon added that the college’s goal is to help all students, but also ensure funds go to the students with the greatest need.

Bozon noted that in addition to the emergency aid grants, state and federal financial aid will still be available to cover additional expenses such as course fees, books, housing, and other costs of attendance.

The Temple College Foundation also has scholarships available for students who would like to attend Temple College.

The $1,400 emergency aid grants will replace the $500 scholarships that the college planned to offer to all graduating high school seniors in an effort to provide students with more resources.

Registration for fall classes is now underway and will continue through Aug. 13. Temple College will be offering fall classes in a variety of teaching formats including face-to-face, online and a hybrid format.

“We encourage everyone to register now and secure spots in the courses of their choice,” said President Dr. Christina Ponce.

Fall classes begin August 18. For more information, visit www.templejc.edu or call 254-298-8282.