SAN MATEO (CBS SF) — The San Mateo County Community College District officials have announced they will be giving out additional financial aid to help students who are struggling with debt accumulated during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The district will use more than half of the funds that they received from the federal Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) to clear student debt and provide financial aid.

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Of the $23 million the district has received from the third round of HEERF, almost $12 million will go directly to student aid, and more than $700,000 will help with student debt incurred during the pandemic between the summer 2020 and summer 2021 academic terms.

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Three colleges — Canada College, College of San Mateo and Skyline College — make up the district with a combined annual enrollment of close to 45,000 students.

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The student debt relief will help 3,719 students with an average payment of $182.