JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – Jackson State University will offer free summer courses to assist students during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Funding for the classes will be provided through federal Higher Education Emergency Relief funds, established in March 2020 as part of the $2.2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act).
“We have been exploring strategies and ways to help make education more attainable for students and potential students, and by extension their families,” says Thomas K. Hudson, president of Jackson State University. “Higher education is one way for individuals to elevate their station in life. Therefore, we want to provide every transformative window available.”
“This is a perfect opportunity for them so they won’t have to go back in the fall,” said Dr. Alisa Mosley with Academic Affairs said. “They can go start their career.”
Mr. and Miss Jackson State elect Christopher Calhoun and Halle Coleman are both applicants.
Calhoun is not behind, but still take advantage.
“I’m excited about the program because it’s gonna make my GPA boost,” Calhoun said. “Even though I’m currently standing at a 3.3 it’s gonna make me go over the top and I can have scholarship options for grad school.” “
Miss JSU is in the same boat, but she encourages anyone sticking around this summer.
“I am currently on track with my courses for graduation,” Coleman said. “But it doesn’t hurt you to get ahead and give yourself some leeway just in case somehting does happen.”
Both Calhoun and Coleman said that the financial weight being lifted allows them to prioritize their time and studies over their money, and that they’re both grateful for the opportunity.
Learn more about the “Get Ahead” grant.