July 26, 2016

For immediate release

Contact: Esther Watstein 203-332-5226

Enrollment Underway

Housatonic Community College Program Helps Students Balance Academic Work with Life

HCC in partnership with the Fund for Women and Girls of the Fairfield County’s Community Foundation has created a program to help students balance life and college, and provides lessons in financial literacy to help establish financial independence. Enrollment is now underway for the 2016-2017 academic year.

The Family Economic Security Program (FESP) provides coaching and a consistent source of support to help students succeed in college and improve economic stability.

Career advising helps students explore and establish career goals and offers help with the job search. Academic and life coaching help students manage stress, health and other issues that can interfere with the success and the ability of students to stay in school and graduate.

The program also has access to scholarships and emergency funds to further assist students.

To be eligible, students must be head of household, have completed the Financial Aid FAFSA application and meet Pell standard of financial eligibility, be either a full- or part-time student, be working either full- or part-time, and have completed a minimum of 9 credits at HCC.

The FESP program at HCC completed a successful year at the college in the spring of 2016 with 50 students enrolled in the program and 87% completing their courses. Five students graduated with the 2016 graduating class.

For further information, call the FESP Program Director Alana Wiens, 203-332-8517.