More than 200 students are grappling with figuring out what’s next as their Monroe County college is set to close in May. Because of that, a number of East Tennessee colleges are stepping in to help.
Hiwassee College announced last week their board of trustees voted to close the institution May 10 because of financial reasons. There are currently 225 students enrolled full-time, with 33 students set to graduate this spring.
Many area colleges are stepping up to help these students.
“Our doors are open. We’ve got Tennessee Reconnect, Tennessee Promise. If that’s something they might be eligible for,” said Dr. Leigh Anne Touzeau with Pellissippi State Community College.
To date, Pellissippi State, Roane State, South College and Maryville College have announced they’re able to help students who are displaced with Hiwassee College’s closure.
“I think East Tennessee is a wonderful place for opportunities in education and we really believe in education. It’s the thing that’ll help you get to the next point,” said Dr. Touzeau.
Educators say if a student has financial aid, they simply need to go into their FAFSA and put whichever college they’re transferring to as an option.
“We’re going to work with them individually one-on-one, on what credits they have and what will transfer to Pellissippi State. We do take a lot of credits from Hiwassee,” added Dr. Touzeau.
For those who are worried it’s too late to enroll for the fall semester, Dr. Touzeau says it’s not.
“They’re not even too late for summer. Basically, they just need to go to our website, do an application, have their transcripts sent from Hiwassee. We’ll also need their high school transcripts and then as soon as we get that we’ll be able to start working with them and get them in classes,” she said.
Those interested in applying at Roane State can contact Jim McDaniel in their admissions office at (865) 354-3000 ext. 2362 or email@example.com.
PSCC’s Admissions Office is open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For questions or more information, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (865) 694-6400.
South College says students interested in programs at their Nashville campus can call (629) 802-3000 or their Knoxville campus at (865) 251-1800. For more information, click here.
For students wanting to apply at Maryville College, contact the Admissions Office at (865) 981-8092 or email email@example.com.