Why Does Community College Enrollment Look So Different This Year? COVID

Yessenia Ayala planned to continue taking courses at Capital Community College this semester to progress toward a degree in early childhood development.

And then the pandemic touched down in Connecticut. Ayala, of New Britain, was left adrift as she struggled to navigate whether she would receive financial aid this fall.

“When I went to go enroll, I realized that I was too late to get my financial aid,” she said. “And the way my bank account looks right now, without financial aid I can’t really do much.”

So Ayala’s plans to continue were halted.

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