Everett Community College in Washington recently cleared the student debts of its population of over 3,400 students. When college president Daria Willis saw a significant portion of students still had an outstanding balance on their accounts, the college stepped in to do something. Using funding from the American Rescue Plan Act, student debts totaling to an amount of $1.2 million were cleared. In addition, Everett offered free on-campus housing for full-time students and up to $2,500 for student educational expenses. This is probably one of the few times we will see money like this come from the federal government, said Willis. So why not spend it on students? That's who we're here to serve.

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