NMC will ask SHEFA to include part-time students in scholarship program

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NORTHERN Marianas College will seek Saipan Higher Education Financial Assistance program’s consideration to allow part-time students to access its financial aid program, NMC Interim President Frankie Eliptico said.

Currently, only those students who are enrolled full time in college can apply for SHEFA programs.

In his report to the NMC Board of Regents in a recent meeting, Eliptico said: “Many of our students are pursuing full-time jobs. They are unable to take on full-time courses, so they are not able to apply for SHEFA funding assistance.”

Currently, NMC has more than 300 part-time students and about 850 full-time students.

“Many students are working full time while they pursue their studies, and because of this, some of them are only able to enroll in two to three classes per semester,” Eliptico said.

He said there is a number of students who come from low-income backgrounds who work full-time jobs to meet financial obligation or to help their families.

It’s not just students who come from low income backgrounds that work full time. Eliptico also said that working while in college has some advantages because it helps students gain work and professional experience, which can help boost earnings later.

He also said that government and private sector employees who are unable to register as full-time students can benefit from NMC’s proposal.

“Our partnership with SHEFA has been incredibly helpful for NMC students these past years,” said Eliptico. He also expressed his thanks for the SHEFA board’s continuous support and their collaborative relationship.

He noted that in the past, the CNMI Scholarship Office did not provide assistance to part-time students. But the CSO has changed its policy and now provides scholarships to part-time students.

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