WINTERVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) Pitt Community College administrators approved a one-time measure that effectively reduced the cost of summer semester attendance for students already weary from the economic hardships brought about by the coronavirus pandemic.
During a recent President’s Leadership Team (PLT) meeting, PCC President Lawrence Rouse said he and the college’s vice presidents considered the challenges students are facing due to COVID-19 and made the decision to refund student activity fees for the 2020 Summer Semester.
According to PCC Vice President of Finance Ricky Brown, PLT’s decision only affects students who were charged a student activity fee this summer.
He explained that students taking continuing education courses at Pitt are not charged the fee, nor are students enrolled in the Pitt County Schools Early College High School on PCC’s main campus and those taking classes at Pitt through the state’s Career and College Promise program.
Brown said students who used financial aid to pay the fee will have $20 credited to their financial aid accounts. He added that the student activity fee will be waived for summer courses that have not yet started.
Each year, revenue from the student activity fee is used to support PCC’s intercollegiate athletics program, Student Government Association-sponsored events—such as Spring Fling, Fall Fest and Summer Splash—and various requests from student clubs and organizations.
Brown said the money also goes toward the Student Benefit Fund, which assists students with transportation costs via the Pitt Area Transit System.
As of Thursday, 3,572 curriculum students were enrolled in PCC courses this summer, which is 260 more than at the same point a year ago.
As a result, refunding/waiving the summer student activity fee will total approximately $60,000, Brown said.