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Counselor Quick Reference (Resource) Guide

Plan and Prepare

College Readiness Courses

Make sure students are taking the right courses and challenging themselves. Taking Honors, Advanced Placement (AP), Dual Enrollment, or other rigorous college readiness courses can give students the best chance of college readiness.

ACT Resources 

Types of Colleges 

College is any education after high school that leads to financial stability. A good college fit is when a college meets a student’s academic, social, and financial preferences. Students may pursue a one-year, non-degree credential/certificate, a two-year associate degree, or a four-year Bachelor’s Degree and beyond.

  • Mississippi offers a wide range of colleges to choose from, including public or private, community college or four-year institutions, Historically Black Colleges And Universities, online programs, and religious affiliations. Use Get2College’s college comparison tool with your students to learn about and compare colleges – see student body demographics, graduation rate, costs of attendance, and more.
  • Help students understand Mississippi’s four-year public universities’ admissions requirements (and College Preparatory Curriculum).

Resume Information for Students 

Your students’ resumes should be an opportunity to showcase their extracurricular activities, academic programs, honors, awards, leadership skills, and summer jobs or internships. Students should begin building their high school resume as a freshman and continually add to it each school year.

Career Planning 

Get2College has a career planning tool to help Mississippians explore various careers. The tool shows salary ranges, level of education needed, average number of openings, and expected growth rate.

Special Populations (Homeless, DREAMers, and Undocumented Students)


Federal Aid  

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form is required to receive any federal funds. Federal funds include the PELL grant, need-based and non-need-based grants, work-study programs, and student loans. We’ve compiled information to help students navigate and complete the 2023-24 FAFSA.

State Aid 

There is FREE money for students who attend college in Mississippi. Learn about MTAG, MESG, HELP Grant, and FAITH on our website.

Scholarship Tool  

Students can search for both Mississippi and national scholarships using Get2College’s scholarship tool. Use the tool’s filters, as some scholarships could fit your school type, field of study, and race and ethnicity.


  • Use the College Savings Calculator to understand what college costs now and in the future and estimate how much money students need to save.
  • Use the Loan Repayment Calculator to estimate what a student will owe on student loans after graduation and calculate the monthly bill.

Additional Resources

FAFSA Tracker 

See your high school’s week-to-week completion rates using the FAFSA Tracker. To view national FAFSA Completion results, filtered by state, use the Form Your Future FAFSA Tracker.

College Countdown Resources 

Since 2013, College Countdown Mississippi has encouraged high schools to provide every graduating high school senior the opportunity to apply for college at an Application Day Event, complete the FAFSA, and celebrate their post-secondary plans at College Signing Day in the spring. Register your school for College Countdown MS every year.