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Grant lowers textbook costs for Hancock College students

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Posted at 3:38 PM, Feb 09, 2021

Allan Hancock College on Tuesday announced it was awarded a federal grant that will save students millions of dollars in school costs.

The community college in Santa Maria, along with West Hills Community Lemoore and the College of Marin and College of the Canyons, forms the California Consortium for Equitable Change in Hispanic Serving Institutions Open Education Resources (CC ECHO) program. This partnership was awarded a $1.9 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

“The cost of textbooks and other course materials continues to be a barrier for many students,” said Hancock Superintendent/President Kevin G. Walthers, Ph.D. “This grant will help remove those barriers and ensure that all of our students have equitable access to the quality education that Hancock provides.”

Hancock College says the grant is expected to save students across all four colleges more than $2.2 million in textbook costs over the next three years.

CC ECHO aims to improve educational resources for diverse and underserved students.