Without the CCAMPIS grant, we both wouldn't have been able to be in school for sure," Cerka said.
The CCAMPIS grant was a lifesaver because the family had few other options, Cerka explained.
The grant goes far beyond simply enabling students to persist in school, according to Ann Reynolds, CCAMPIS adviser at Mount Wachusett Community College in Massachusetts.
The peace of mind they get when they get that monetary piece and the support that they get from CCAMPIS, it helps," Reynolds said.
By comparison, up to 30 students have received a CCAMPIS grant per semester at Mount Wachusett.