Grand Rapids Community College is waiving all fees for summer classes to help students continue their education during the coronavirus pandemic.

The college normally applies fees to cover technology, record keeping, facilities and student activities, with some courses also requiring additional charges for materials.

GRCC said in a press release that by waiving these fees, students could save more than $200.

Students who have already paid the fees with be refunded. In addition, GRCC’s bookstore is providing free shipping for all textbooks for summer classes through the end of April. The college has also loaned laptops to students who need them.

GRCC President Bill Pink said,

“We know people are hurting right now. We want to make it easier for people to start - or resume -- an education to prepare for their next step. GRCC will play an important role in getting West Michigan back to work. We want to remove as many barriers as we can to best serve our community.”

Most summer classes start May 11. The first of two seven-week sessions, and the school's 14-week session will be conducted through distance learning.