Mohammad Noyeem attends an ESL Reading & Writing class at a community college on Jan. 7, 2019.

Students attending an ESL Reading & Writing class at a community college on Jan. 7, 2019.

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Students at community colleges are getting some relief for education costs incurred during the pandemic, thanks to money from federal relief packages. At Clatsop Community College, students’ financial accounts can include tuition, books and fees. The overall amounts range from a handful of dollars to $7,000, with an average of about $600. Jerad Sorber is the Vice President of Student Success, and he joins us to tell us more about the program and the severe financial distress some students face as the pandemic continues.

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