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March 30, 2013

MCC/MSU partner on 'College Connect'

April 16 event to offer prospective students advice

MERIDIAN —  Interested in attending college? Thanks to a collaborative effort by Meridian Community College and Mississippi State University-Meridian, you can connect with both educational institutions during College Connect 2013.

    This free come-and-go event is set for Tuesday, April 16, from 4-7 p.m. in Graham Gymnasium on the campus of MCC. Participants will be able to discuss financial aid opportunities, discover career options and degree programs and find out more about the college admission process.

    “College Connect is a great opportunity for prospective students to find out about MCC,” said Nedra Bradley, director of financial aid at MCC. “We will have representatives on hand from every department on campus. Students can find out about the different programs MCC has to offer while completing their admission and financial aid requirements.”

    “As a transfer or prospective student, the college process can be a bit overwhelming,” said Candy Adams, recruiting coordinator at MSU-Meridian. “Our goal for College Connect is to provide all the college tools necessary at one event to ensure all deadline dates are met and paperwork is completed accurately.”

    High school seniors may complete MCC’s Tuition Guarantee Contract as well as learn about their Honors College. Students interested in transferring to MSU-Meridian can find out more about the Riley Next Step Scholarship which offers full tuition to students with a competitive GPA.

    “The combination of MCC’s Tuition Guarantee Program and MSU-Meridian’s Riley Next Step Scholarship,” noted Adams, “offers students in the area, who meet specific criteria, the opportunity to receive an associate’s and bachelor’s degree right here in Meridian at little to no cost to the student or their parents.”

    MCC’s financial aid office will be open during this event so students can apply for the various types of financial aid available or check the status of their financial aid.

    The event is not just for high school students, officials said.

    Non-traditional students and students wanting to apply for their GED will also benefit. In addition, there will be several scholarship drawings for tuition and books.

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