Mississippi Money: College Resources
One of the interesting things that I get to do is co-host a financial radio show on MPB. We cover all sorts of personal finance topics and rely on everyday Mississippians calling in with questions to keep the show varied and relevant. Recently, I had the privilege of hosting a panel of experts discussing getting to college.
One of the most effective ways to reduce the cost of college is by being the best candidate for the school you want. Ann Hendrick of Get2College provides an amazing resource for students and parents looking towards college. They provide ACT prep, application assistance and other college counseling services. They serve any student in Mississippi from their Ocean Springs, Jackson or Southaven centers and can even provide virtual meetings.
Get2College is supported by the Woodward Hines Education Foundation and can be found at https://get2college.org.
Jennifer Rogers, Director of Financial Aid for the state of Mississippi reminded us that not all loans are bad! Used prudently, student loans could be a very good thing indeed. Education is an investment in your future, and you expect your income to rise with more education. Borrowing money in order to earn more money is one of the best uses of loans.
The State of Mississippi even has forgivable loan programs for qualifying students and programs. You can learn more at http://riseupms.com/state-aid.
For those who have some college under their belt, but never finished their degree, Stephanie Bullock of Complete 2 Compete has the ultimate resource. Complete 2 Compete helps adult learners who have some college credit finish what they started. Their website has an application that allows you to see how close you are to obtaining a degree. If you have previously completed some coursework, they can help get you over the finish line with a marketable degree.
See how close you are to finishing your degree at http://www.msc2c.org.
The college funding landscape is surprisingly large and complex. Each of these organizations wants to ensure that all Mississippians have access to the best resources to realize their college goals.