Mississippi becomes fourth state to allow access to federal financial assistance for career counseling programs
Below is a press release from the Mississippi Community College Board:
Students have the opportunity to obtain a high school equivalency and another post-secondary diploma in less time.
In a plan approved by the United States Department of Education (DOE), Mississippi became the fourth state in the country to allow students without a high school diploma to potentially receive federal financial aid to enroll in eligible career path programs at a Mississippi community college. . The Mississippi Community College Board (MCCB) submitted its process proposal for the ability to benefit in October, and notification of approval was received on April 21.
Under the plan, some students who previously would not be eligible for federal financial aid, including those without a high school diploma or its equivalent, may be eligible for these resources. This includes students enrolled in the Mississippi Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training (MIBEST) program. MIBEST is available at all 15 community colleges and enrolls those without a high school diploma in adult education and vocational / technical training courses. The result is that students have the opportunity to earn a high school equivalency and another post-secondary diploma in less time. MIBEST is funded by a partnership between the MCCB and the WK Kellogg Foundation, the Women’s Foundation of Mississippi and the Mississippi Department of Human Services.
“I am very grateful to DOE for approving our ability to benefit process,” said Dr. Andrea Mayfield, Executive Director of the Mississippi Community College Board. “In Mississippi, we have over 360,000 people without a high school diploma. Often these people are not in a position to have the resources to improve their level of education and vocational training. By allowing access to federal financial aid, more people will have the opportunity to improve their lives by working with a community college. It benefits everyone. ”
“We couldn’t be happier with the approval of the ability to benefit process in Mississippi, and the potential to impact hundreds of thousands of additional Mississippians without a degree to access federal financial aid who would otherwise couldn’t enroll or afford a community college, ”said Paula Sammons, program officer at the WK Kellogg Foundation overseeing the MIBEST grant. “Our founder, Will Keith Kellogg, said that education is the best way to truly improve one generation over another, and it is a path that offers the opportunity to do so.”
For more information on the ability to benefit process, please contact the Mississippi Community College Board at 601-432-6518 or [email protected]