Dr. Graham speaking to student group
Dr. Mary Graham, MGCCC president, speaks to college students at the True Blue Experience event this month.

Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College is committed to student success and has worked diligently over the past year to ensure all students are receiving the resources they need to be successful. From offering a BOGO plan last summer to opening new state-of-the-art facilities this fall and spring, Gulf Coast has continued to positively impact its students’ lives and be a great first choice for higher education.

In an effort to support students who continued their educational journey during the pandemic, MGCCC offered nearly $4 million in assistance to students in the form of CARES grants throughout 2020 and over $5 million in traditional college and foundation scholarships. The College will continue to provide another $4 million in grants throughout 2021 ranging from $400 to $600 for students enrolled in Spring, Summer, and/or Fall semester classes. Other initiatives include assisting students to clear past educational debt, offering a computer loan program, and providing wrap-around services such as virtual advising sessions and stocked food and clothing pantries to address other important student needs. Student-centered planning continues daily as MGCCC removes barriers for student success.

Dr. Mary S. Graham, MGCCC president, said the college received federal funds through the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA).  “While some colleges are offering free summer tuition for one semester to students, we have taken a measured approach to distribute these funds to our students over multiple semesters,” she said. “We want to ensure Gulf Coast students are provided the resources they need to complete their degree or certificate. As we near graduation, we celebrate our students’ perseverance and resiliency as they reach this milestone.”

As part of Commitment Week taking place across the district, the college is currently holding in-person student orientation sessions and enrolling students for summer and fall classes. CARES funding will continue to be available to these students during summer and fall terms until all funds have been disbursed.

For more information or to apply for summer or fall classes, visit mgccc.edu/apply.

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