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Get2College, a program of the Woodward Hines Education Foundation, is proud to partner with Phi Theta Kappa to assist students and their families with navigating the complex financial aid process by supporting their FAFSA completion efforts through the Get2College Corps.
The Get2College Corps is a competitive, paid internship for high-achieving community college students who are members of Phi Theta Kappa. There are currently 17 students from 12 Mississippi community colleges who participate.
As a part of the program, Corps members are trained to help Mississippi students and their families complete the FAFSA. They work in community colleges across the state and in the three Get2College Center locations in Jackson, Southaven and Ocean Springs, helping with one-on-one FAFSA completion. The goal of the program is to increase FAFSA completion statewide by the March 31 priority deadline for the HELP grant, the only need-based grant available for Mississippi students.
“I am glad to have had the opportunity to assist so many students as they plan for their next steps,” says Pearl River Community College student and Corps member Michael Evans. “When I tell a mother that money is available and that college is a viable option for her child, her face lights up—and I feel like I am a part of something worthwhile.”
Corps member and Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College student Nader Pahlevann describes his experience as a Get2College Corps member as being “meaningful.”
“Being a part of the Get2College Corps has given me an opportunity to work on my leadership and communication skills, while also helping students complete the FAFSA and state aid applications, to that they have access to as much money to pay for college as possible,” he says. “I am also very grateful for the generous scholarship, which will help me as I continue my education beyond community college. I will always value what I have learned as a part of the program.”
During the fall 2018 semester, Corps members worked a total of 1328 hours and took 773 appointment to support FAFSA completion.