Pitt Community College Registrar Joanne Ceres said this week the college is serving its largest enrollment ever this fall. 7,710 students have enrolled at PCC this semester, up an estimated 9% from last year. Ceres says a final enrollment total could be even higher since students may still sign up for the college's delayed start courses.
According to Ceres, a closer look at the past four years shows PCC's enrollment has jumped 26.5%. Ceres' report showed the number of full-time students jumped considerably from Fall 2008 as well. There are 4,466 full-time students enrolled at PCC this semester compared to 3,606 last year, a 24% increase.
An overwhelming number of students applied for financial aid at Pitt this semester. Ceres said the college received 8,187 applications this fall, which nearly equaled the 8,673 the school received for the entire 2008-09 academic year. Ceres said the number of Pell Grants awarded at PCC this semester totaled 2,404, which was up 587 from 2008.
Ceres stresses the importance of applying for financial aid early, saying students who complete Free Applications for Federal Student Aid on time are awarded earlier and avoid having to pay for tuition and fees out-of-pocket while waiting for their applications to be processed.