Los Medanos College helps more than 300 students stay in school with debt relief

Students walking on the Los Medanos College Pittsburg campus
Students walking at the LMC Pittsburg campus

For some Los Medanos College students, a small balance on their school account might be all that is preventing them from continuing from one semester to the next and staying on track to graduate. 

But help is on the way as college administrators work to clear the debt for 313 students. The college identified a $5,096 allocation funded through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund III to help students pay down the small balances blocking their reenrollment.  

“The most important thing I want our students to know is that Los Medanos is here to support them and lower barriers to their enrollment. It’s not too late to register for spring semester, and never too late to enroll in college,” Interim President Pamela Ralston said. 

Dean of Student Success Dave Belman said account balances preventing many of the students from reenrolling is under $20. Overall, these students will receive assistance ranging from $10 to $29 to clear their accounts and start spring semester without delay.  

“We want to help students avoid the disruption of delaying their educational and career goals over such a small amount of money, especially if the college can provide that support,” Belman said.  

Los Medanos College (LMC) is one of three colleges in the Contra Costa Community College District. LMC prepares students to excel and succeed economically, socially and intellectually in an innovative, engaging and supportive learning environment. It provides quality programs and state-of-the-art facilities to serve the needs of a rapidly growing and changing East County while enhancing the quality of life of the diverse communities it serves. LMC is located on 120 acres between Pittsburg and Antioch, with an additional education center in Brentwood.