Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College has increased CARES grant amounts available to students by $500 for those currently enrolled at the college. Pell Grant eligible students can now receive up to $1,500 per semester and non-Pell eligible students can receive up to $1,250. Students are able to use these grants for tuition as well as non-education related expenses such as child care and transportation.
“With these grant funds available to all students, there has never been a better time to be enrolled in college,” said Dr. Phil Bonfanti, executive vice president of Student Services and Enrollment Management. “For those individuals who have been on the fence about continuing their education and those that want to increase their earning potential, MGCCC has many exciting options available in both traditional and online formats at all of our campuses and centers.
MGCCC has already awarded this fall over $6.2 million to more than 4,400 students, and it is anticipated that grants will be available again this spring. In addition, MGCCC offers several no-cost programs and has awarded more than $5 million in traditional college and Foundation scholarships. Other initiatives include assisting students to clear past educational debt, offering a computer loan program, and providing wrap-around services such as virtual and in-person advising sessions, on-campus day care, and stocked food and clothing pantries to address other important student needs.
Enrollment in fall classes is currently available, with classes starting October 18, November 15 and December 17. Registration for spring classes will begin in mid-October. For more information or to apply for classes, visit mgccc.edu/apply.