Service Program Launches to Support FAFSA Completion in Mississippi
Get2College, Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, and 10 Community Colleges Partner to Meet Demand
Jackson, Miss. – Get2College, the signature program of the Woodward Hines Education Foundation (WHEF), has launched the inaugural Get2College Corps, a yearlong paid internship to assist students around the state with FAFSA completion. The 18-person team is composed of members of Phi Theta Kappa, the international honors society for two-year college students.
Completing the FAFSA, or the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, is an important first step for students seeking financial aid for college. The FAFSA determines a prospective or current college student’s eligibility for financial aid from the U.S. Department of Education, and colleges may also use the FAFSA to award their own scholarships and grants. Students who complete the FAFSA are more than 50 percent more likely to enroll in college than those who do not.
During the 2016-2017 school year, Get2College held 250 events at high schools around the state to assist students and their families with FAFSA completion. This year, Get2College Corps members will be deployed around the state to meet the high demand. Each member will receive a $5,000 award ($2,500 for each semester) as compensation for 10 weeks of service at their community college or another designated site. The Get2College Corps draws its members from a variety of locations, such as Olive Branch, Ridgeland, and Biloxi, and their fields of study are as diverse as Marine Science, Social Work, and Accounting.
“Because our missions are so closely aligned, Phi Theta Kappa’s partnership with WHEF and Get2College is a perfect match,” said Phi Theta Kappa President and CEO Dr. Lynn Tincher-Ladner. “Through this internship program, our members are not only helping more Mississippi families complete the FAFSA, but they are also receiving valuable internship experience and a generous scholarship.”