LUMBERTON — Robeson Community College soon will be rolling out a Web-based benefits screening service that will help students find financial services and stay in college.
Single Stop, a national nonprofit, will provide students a way to view online benefits they may be eligible to receive in order to pay for their education and manage their living expenses, said Kimberly Gold, RCC’s president. Trained RCC staff then will connect them with the specific agencies and organizations that can address their needs.
“This is an addition to financial aid the student may receive,” Gold said. “It is mostly for low-income students and helps them manage their education and living expenses.”
The Single Stop program will be fully operational in October, Gold said. It will be administered out of the college’s Student Services Office, located on RCC’s main campus in Lumberton.
The Single Stop model connects people to the resources they need to pursue a higher education, obtain good jobs and achieve financial stability. Single Stop NC is funded through a grant from the John M. Belk Endowment. Robeson Community College is receiving $100,000 through this grant that will provide access to Single Stop’s screening and case management technology and fund training for RCC staff members who will administer the program.
Gold said the program will enhance RCC’s ability to help students complete their education.
“This program will not only make students aware of services available, but will help us retain students so that they can complete their education,” she said. “A lot of times students drop out of college because they need a job and can’t meet their expenses.”
Bob Shiles can be reached at 910-416-5165.