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Grant and ESL opportunities available at College of the Desert

Students who take Spring 2022 classes at College of the Desert (COD)'s Indio or other campuses, can take advantage of a one-time federal grant encouraging students to start or continue their education following hardships caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The U.S. Department of Education grant will award students up to $100 per course credit, more than double the per-unit cost of $46. This could amount to $1,800 for students taking 18 units in the semester.

The grant is also available for COD non-credit courses. Grants are available for $25 per non-credit course for Adult Basic Education and upper-division noncredit classes and $150 per course for English as a Second Language Noncredit.

No application for the grant is required but students must be actively enrolled in spring classes by March 15, 2022, to qualify.

“This grant allows College of the Desert to make education much more affordable for the Spring term,” College Superintendent/President Martha Garcia, Ed.D., said. “The College appreciates its ability to support students who had to forgo their education because of the pandemic, and provide them with funds to pay for books, tuition, living expenses, and other necessities.”

Students qualify for the funds regardless of residency or immigration status. Partnership and Community Education (PaCE) program students are not eligible.

For more information or to register, contact enrollmentservices@collegeofthedesert.edu or (760) 346-8041.

For those interested in learning English, College of the Desert is also offering an event on Jan. 18 from 8 to 11 a.m. and 4 to 7 p.m. on the Indio Campus for English as a Second Language courses. For more information, please call Rosie Acosta at (760) 773-2572 or Susana Delgado at (760) 862-1384.

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