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COVID-19 Response

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) and Resources (schools serving meals, Internet access assistance, etc).

Announcements

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.

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.

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 sfa@mississippi.edu and we will respond back as soon as possible.

Resources

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

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.

Technology Resources

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

Internet Access

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.

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