Moraine Valley Community College is offering unprecedented incentives for students enrolling in the fall semester. With fee waivers, a vaccine incentive and additional scholarships in place, students can take advantage of several opportunities to defray the cost of college. Fall classes start Monday, Aug. 23 on the main campus in Palos Hills, and Monday, Aug. 30 at the extension sites in Blue Island and Tinley Park.

“It’s always a good time to start college, but now more so than ever. Because of the federal Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund the college has received, we are able to help students in a number of new ways,” said Dr. Sylvia Jenkins, Moraine Valley president. “We have several initiatives in place to help students on their path to a college credential. Plus, we’re offering fully in-person classes in addition to hybrid, virtual and online classes so students can choose the learning style that’s right for them.”

First-time students who have to take placement tests will have their testing fee waived. Also, any currently enrolled student who will be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by Oct. 1 will get refunded one in-district credit hour ($131) before the end of the semester.

The Moraine Valley Foundation, in addition to their regular support for students and the college, has just released an additional $60,000 for scholarships for new students who do not yet have a Moraine Valley GPA, a FAFSA or other financial resources, or are international students. The deadline to apply for one of these scholarships is Sunday, Aug. 15. Applications can be found on the college’s scholarship website.

“So much has changed for our communities in the last 18 months, but the need for a college education has not,” Jenkins said. “Moraine Valley welcomes anyone who wants to go to college. We have resources to help with paying for school, advisors to help with course selection, and hundreds of faculty and staff who are ready to assist new and current students. Join us on campus this fall.”

Visit to apply. The fall schedule can be viewed on the website. Information about Moraine Valley’s COVID-19 protocols also can be found on the college website.