College Countdown MS FAFSA Days

College Countdown MS FAFSA Days provides students and their parents with one-on-one assistance in completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and the Mississippi Aid Application (MAAPP) with guidance on funding from federal, state, college, and private resources. The FAFSA completion sentence with:  The FAFSA completion event delivery format will be determined between the high school and the FAFSA volunteer point of contact (see below).  

Schools are encouraged to plan FAFSA Days as soon as possible. The FAFSA is available as early as October 1 which allows students more time to explore and understand their financial aid options and determine what colleges they can best afford to attend.

Schools that are registered with College Countdown MS are provided with marketing tools to promote the event, and students are notified of what information to bring to their appointment. Counselors and teachers, see the chart below to schedule a FAFSA Days based on your location. If you don’t see the county where your school is located, contact Shannon Grimsley at 601.321.5530 for details and alternatives to help your seniors complete the FAFSA.


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Jackson Center

Contact: Brian Thomas, | 601-321-5532

Counties: Hinds, Holmes, Madison, Rankin, Scott, Warren, Yazoo

Gulf Coast Center

Contact: Kimberly Trosclair, | 228-875-4441

Counties: George, Hancock, Harrison, Jackson, Pearl River, Stone

Southaven Center

Contact: Daniela Griffin, | 662-349-2789

Counties: Benton, Coahoma, Desoto, Marshall, Panola, Quitman, Tate, Tunica

Community Colleges

Community College Contact Counties


Leslie Smith

Adams, Copiah, Franklin, Jefferson, Lawrence, Lincoln, Simpson


Shanell Frazier


East Central

Brenda Carson

Leake, Neshoba, Newton, Winston

East MS

Kristen Douglas

Clay, Kemper, Lauderdale, Lowndes, Noxubee, Oktibbeha


Clate Holleman

Attala, Carroll, Choctaw, Grenada, Montgomery, Webster


Terry Bland

Chickasaw, Itawamba, Lee, Monroe, Pontotoc

Jones College

Kari Dedwylder

Clarke, Covington, Greene, Jasper, Jones, Perry, Smith, Wayne


Nedra Bradley

Meridian High School, Northeast High School, Southeast High School

Mississippi Delta

Shannon Grimsley

Bolivar, Sunflower, Leflore, Washington, Humphreys, Sharkey, Issaquena

Northeast MS

Liz Jackson

Alcorn, Prentiss, Tippah, Tishomingo, Union

Pearl River

Kari Eve Valence

Forrest, Jefferson Davis, Lamar, Marion


Amber Kelly

Amite, Pike, Walthall, Wilkinson


FAFSA Completion


How to access student level data from state financial aid 


College Countdown MS Contact Information

Kierstan Dufour
Assistant Director for Get2College Program
Woodward Hines Education Foundation (Formerly Education Services Foundation)
2616 Lakeward Drive
Jackson, MS 39216


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