The Single Parent Book Loan Program is unique to Metropolitan Community College-Blue River. While other programs are tied to financial aid or specific degrees, Blue River’s program is open to all single parents who attend classes at our campus. Students complete a simple application for assistance with books when they enroll. Most students receive books for at least half of their classes. After classes begin, any Blue River student who has a financial need is eligible to borrow books. At the end of the semester, the books are returned and re-issued the following semester.
The program continues to grow as more students become aware and as financial need becomes more severe. When the program began in fall of 2001, we served 18 students with 51 books. Fall 2011 semester funded 74 applicants, totaling $4,568.00, or 184 books, and 493 credit hours. Not only does the book loan program provide financial assistance to students, it also provides personal support and encouragement and has helped to contribute to the MCC-Blue River sense of community.
MCC-Blue River students can obtain an application for Spring 2011 on November 1, 2011 in Arts & Sciences Room 113.
contributed by William Jeser and Victorie J. Hollwell, Ed.D.