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Free Tuition Deadline Nears for ICC Students

Posted by Steve Rogers | July 12, 2012 / 08:10am | Local News, Education
2012 graduates in Itawamba Community College's five-county district are encouraged to apply for the County Guaranteed Tuition programs before the July 31 deadline.

Students in Chickasaw, Itawamba, Lee, Monroe and Pontotoc counties should meet several requirements, according to Bob Walker, ICC director of financial aid.

They include:

-- Take the National American College Test (National ACT) by June 9.

-- Apply for Mississippi Tuition Assistance Grant (MTAG) at www.mississippi.edu by July 31. Students can check on the status of their MTAG application by returning to the website.

-- Apply for ICC institutional scholarships at www.iccms.edu/forms by July 31.

-- Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.ed.gov by July 31.

-- Complete the County Guaranteed Tuition application by July 31. Applications are available and accepted between Jan. 1 and July 31 each year.

-- Chickasaw, Itawamba, Lee and Pontotoc graduates must enroll as a full-time student (at least 12 academic hours) at ICC for the fall semester following graduation from high school or after completing a military obligation if the individual enters the military immediately following high school graduation or after earning the GED certificate for all counties except for Lee County.

-- Monroe County applicants must enroll as a full-time student (at least 12 academic hours) at ICC for the fall semester following their application to the MCGTP. They are not required to be recent high school graduates or GED recipients. Applicants can only apply once, and eligibility is for four consecutive semesters. Once eligibility is lost, it cannot be regained.

Walker said that if the above requirements are met, eligibility will be determined by totaling the amount of aid received by other sources (Federal, state, institutional, etc.). If the cost of tuition has not been met, the county grant will be awarded up to the cost of tuition. Lee and Monroe County recipients will be awarded up to $1,400 per semester. Applicants whose awards do not exceed $1,400 per semester will then be awarded CGTP funds to cover the difference. Any amount over $1,000 for tuition must be used for textbooks in the ICC Bookstore. Student loans, work-study and MPACT are not included in the calculation. Recipients must pass a minimum of 12 credit hours each semester with a 2.0 GPA to continue eligibility.

Walker said that students who receive full academic scholarships to ICC should also apply for the county guaranteed tuition program. "If something happens after the fall semester and students are no longer eligible for academic scholarships in the spring, it's possible that they may receive county tuition assistance for the spring if they passed 12 hours with a 2.0 GPA if they applied by the July 31 deadline."

For more information, contact Walker at (662) 862-8223 or e-mail rdwalker@iccms.edu.
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