Office hours: Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., CST.
In response to COVID-19, Get2College staff members will be working remotely and are fully open for business. We are available for virtual and telephone appointments to help Mississippi students and families. If you are a senior in high school, this is an important time with many deadlines approaching, including the March 31 HELP Grant deadline, requiring completion of the State Aid Application and the FAFSA. You may contact any of our offices or book online to schedule a virtual or telephone appointment. In addition, chat is available on-line during business hours or you can text Get2College.
During this time, we are committed to providing students, families, counselors, and educators with up-to-date information and resources available. This information is divided by Announcements (ACT/SAT/AP Testing Info, office closures, financial aid information), Resources (schools serving meals, Internet access assistance, etc), and Event Cancellations (ACT Workshops, Professional Development Trainings). Please check back frequently for new information.
Important Information Regarding Funds Through the CARES ACT
The U.S. Department of Education has provided funding through the CARES Act to assist college students who have expenses related to the disruption of campus operations as a result of COVID-19. Students must meet eligibility requirements determined by the United States Department of Education. One way colleges and universities can confirm eligibility for emergency funds is for students to have a 2019-2020 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file.
Each university may require a separate application in addition to the FAFSA, so please check your specific college's requirements and submit everything by any stated deadline. It’s important to note that the 2019-2020 FAFSA is available until June 30, 2020.
If you need to complete the 2019-2020 FAFSA, we have a YouTube video to walk you through the process or you can contact one of our centers for an appointment.
Strive Virtual College Exploration Week Extended: April 20-May 8
Panel presentations: April 20-23
Individual college info sessions: April 27-May 8
Juniors, now is a perfect time to start exploring colleges! During Strive Virtual College Exploration Week, there will be over 100 panels with college representatives to help you explore college opportunities. These panels are intended for juniors and underclassmen. See the schedule and register for panel session here: https://www.strivescan.com/virtual/schedule/
ACT Offers Digital Learning Resources
ACT is offering digital learning options for students. This includes some free online ACT Prep.
ACT Prep Class – April 18, 2 pm to 3:30 pm ET
ACT Bootcamp – April 29, 7 pm to 8:30 pm ET
College Updates with Get2College and College Admission Representatives - Community Colleges
Get2College and admissions representatives from Mississippi's community colleges will discuss pressing issues related to the college admissions process due to COVID-19. We understand the uncertainty, so we are joining forces to tackle the tough questions.
Date: April 16, 2020
Click here to watch a recording of the meeting
Topics include: Scholarship applications, Orientation, Immunization records, Housing, Student portals, Transcripts, Financial aid, Enrollment deadlines, changes, deposits, Summer school updates, Virtual auditions (for the band, cheer, choir, dance, etc), Virtual tours, info sessions, “Essential” industries/careers, Contact information, website information, social media handles
College Updates with Get2College and College Admission Representatives - 4 Year Colleges
Get2College and admissions representatives from Mississippi's 4-Year public and private colleges will discuss pressing issues related to the college admissions process due to COVID-19. We understand the uncertainty, so we are joining forces to tackle the tough questions.
Date: April 9, 2020
Mississippi State Board of Education Suspends Key Policies to Manage Impact of Extended School Closures (updated 3/26/2020)
The Mississippi State Board of Education (SBE) today suspended several statewide policies to manage the impact of extended school closures due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) public health crisis. The policy suspensions apply only to students and educator candidates in the 2019-20 school year and educator preparation program applicants through December 2021. This includes information about graduation requirements, high school end of course assessments, high school credits, and more. You can read these changes here.
AP Announces Changes to Exam Administration (updated 3/20/2020)
The AP program has announced changes to the administration of exams. For the 2019-20 exam administration only, students can take a 45-minute online exam at home. They will be able to use any device they have access to - computer, tablet, smartphone or even taking a photo of handwritten work. The exam will only include topics and skills most AP teachers and students have already covered in class by early March.
The AP Program is working with partners to ensure low-income and rural students have the
tools and connectivity they need to review AP content online and take the exam. If you need mobile tools or connectivity, you can reach out to them directly.
Beginning Wednesday, March 25, students and teachers can attend free, optional live AP review courses, delivered by AP teachers from across the country. They'll also be recorded and available on-demand. These mobile-friendly classes are designed to be used alongside work schools may continue to assign.
Please view the complete statement here for more details.
Mississippi Public Schools to Remain Closed through April 17, 2020 (updated 3/19/2020)
Governor Tate Reeves announced today that MS public schools will remain closed through April 17, 2020 to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Each district will make decisions about distance learning and other ways to continue students' education. Read the press release here.
Student Loan Interest Waiver May Not Lower Monthly Payments (updated 3/19/2020)
While interest rates on all federally held student loans will be set to zero through the interest payment waiver, there may not be immediate relief in amount of monthly payments for student borrowers. There still is a lot of unknowns around the plan and more information will be released as it's available, but you can read CBS's March 18 update here.
MOSFA Statement Regarding HELP Grant Supporting Documents (updated 3/18/2020)
Due to school closures, the Mississippi Office of Student Financial Aid understands there may be a delay with counselors submitting student information to the office. Each student's MAAPP dashboard indicates April 30, 2020 as the deadline date for high school documents. Students will not be penalized if counselors are unable to submit their information by the deadline date. Please remember high school counselors are responsible for submitting the following information for every graduating high school senior: cumulative high school GPA (unweighted; calculated on a 4.0 scale), composite ACT score from a national test (and corresponding test date), and certification of the HELP Core Curriculum. Please send questions to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will respond back as soon as possible.
QuestBridge College Prep Scholars Program Deadline Extended (updated 3/17/2020)
The College Prep Scholars Program deadline has been extended to April 21, 2020. More information can be found: COVID-19 Updates
State Superintendent of Education Provides Recommendation Regarding Statewide Assessments and Accountability (updated 3/17/2020)
Dr. Carey Wright, state superintendent of education, has made a recommendation to the SBE that state and federal assessment and accountability requirements be suspended for the 2019-20 school year. The MDE will seek the maximum authority and waivers afforded by the U.S. Department of Education (ED) and other federal agencies. The SBE is scheduled to meet virtually at 10 a.m. March 19. The public is asked to view the meeting via livestream at http://bit.ly/SBElive. All MDE COVID-10 updates are posted online: www.mdek12.org/covid19.
ACT (updated 3/16/2020)
The April 4 ACT national test date has been rescheduled for June 13, 2020. All students registered for the April 4 test date will receive an email from ACT in the next few days informing them of the postponement and instructions for free rescheduling to June 13 or a future national test date. More information here: April 2020 National Exam COVID-19
SAT (updated 3/16/2020)
College Board is canceling the May 2, 2020 SAT administration. Makeup exams for the March 14 administration (scheduled for March 28) are also canceled.
Students who already registered for May, whose March test centers were closed, or who do not receive March scores because of any irregularities will receive refunds. More information here: Coronavirus Updates
Mississippi Office of Student Financial Aid (updated 3/16/2020)
Due to the need for social distancing, MOSFA staff will be working from home and will not be accessible by phone. Please send questions to email@example.com, and their team will respond as quickly as possible.
MOSFA will begin disbursing HELP Grant funds for the Spring 2020 term on 3/16/20. Funds for MTAG and MESG will be disbursed as soon as possible after HELP.
AP Testing (updated 3/16/2020)
The AP Program is developing resources to help schools support student learning during extended closures, as well as a solution that would allow students to test at home, depending on the situation in May. Additional information will be posted by March 20. More information here: AP Updates for Schools Impacted by Coronavirus
Listing of Schools Serving Meals During Coronavirus Closures
The Mississippi Department of Education has a list of schools that are serving meals during this time of school closures. The list can be found here.
Resource to Help You Write a Financial Appeal Letter
There are certain circumstances where you can file a financial appeal. For example, if your family's financial situation has changed since you completed your FAFSA or if the FAFSA didn't capture a financial obligation or difficulty your family is facing, you can request to have your financial aid offer reviewed again by the Financial Aid Office.
SwiftStudent is a FREE resource that helps you write your financial aid appeal letter. You'll be able to pick the situation that most applies to you and build your letter from their templates. https://formswift.com/swift-student
Federal Student Aid Updates
If you have questions about your financial aid or your student loans, StudentAid.gov has created a resource to help. You can access the FAQ here.
Everyoneon.org Locator Tool
You can search by zip code on this tool to find what offers for low-cost Internet may be available to you. https://www.everyoneon.org/find-offers
C Spire piloting complimentary WiFi for Students in select Parking Areas
C Spire is providing complimentary high-speed WiFi from the parking lots of some of their retail store locations for students that need to work on school assignment. You can read more about the WiFi access and view current locations here.
Xfinity WiFi Hotspots Available for Free
Xfinity WiFi hotspots located in businesses and outdoor locations across the country are available to anyone who needs them for free – including non-Xfinity Internet subscribers.
For a map of Xfinity WiFi hotspots, visit www.xfinity.com/wifi.
MS Public Libraries with WiFi Access
Librarians from across the state of Mississippi have helped create a Google map of libraries where you can access free WiFi from the parking lot. The list is being updated as more libraries report this service.
ACT is Providing Free Digital Learning Resources for Students
ACT has compiled a list of free resources to help students, teachers, and schools. You can find more information in the press release or at their website.
Cell phone companies and broadband Internet providers are working to provide Internet access as more people are working from home or completing schoolwork online. You can find more information about specific providers regarding their responses to COVID-19 and for any special programs they are offering below.
NCAN Creates a Roundup of COVID-19 Resources
The National College Attainment Network (NCAN) has created a list of resources to assist students and educators as schools are closed. You can find webinars, podcast, resource lists, and updates from the education field as they become available. Roundup of COVID-19 Resources
Mississippi Counseling Association
MCA has posted resources on their website dealing with telehealth and virtual counseling.
NACAC's College Admission Status Tool
NACAC is providing this online tool as a central resource for information about changes in college admission events, deposit dates, and more as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.