Again in 2021, MCO offers relief to members with college debt or out-of-pocket academy costs

For the third year, MCO is offering programs to help members who took out college loans or who paid out of pocket for the academy.

The Academy Assistance Program will disperse 20 awards of $500 each to current MCO members who paid out of pocket or got into debt to get their corrections training at a community college in 2014 or 2015. Switching to community colleges for training was a failed experiment, and MDOC returned to the paid academies in 2015. Get full details on the Academy Assistance Program and an application here. Postmark deadline: April 1, 2021.

The Student Debt Assistance Program will award 20 grants of $500 each to current MCO members who have student loans from earning an undergraduate degree. Get full details on the Student Debt Assistance Program and an application here. Postmark deadline: April 1, 2021.

Here is more information you should know about both programs:

  • Qualified applicants will be entered into a drawing (subject to change or alternate criteria) to win one of the awards.
  • You must have been an MCO member in good standing for at least six months prior to submitting your application.
  • Your application must be postmarked by April 1.
  • Incomplete applications will be automatically disqualified.
  • MCO may or may not offer these programs in future years.

We know we face many challenges at this time. We are continuing to defend members’ interests on all fronts. We can fight for our rights in the workplace and, at the same time, think outside the box about innovative ways we can improve the lives of members and their families.

Thanks, members, for your support.

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