Financial aid is a fact of life for most families as they send a child off to college. The paperwork alone can make you want to pull your hair out, but there is plenty of help available if you know where to look.
Andrew Harrison takes us to the Woodward Hines Education Foundation, in Jackson, for tonight’s “What’s Working.”
The Foundation’s Get 2 College program is a wonderful, free resource, that helps students find their perfect college fit.
“Have you heard of Amazon? That’s where you need to get your books.”
Valuable advice like that flows freely at the Woodward Hines Foundation’s office off Lakeland Terrace in Jackson.
Jaylen Parhm is a Senior at Pearl High School. He remembers, “When I came, I really didn’t know where to start or what I was doing.”
The Get2College program lives up to its name by supporting high school counselors, providing ACT Prep and helping families navigate those Free Application for Federal Student Aid forms.
Tori Langworthy is the Assistant Director of State Outreach for the Get2College program.
She says, “I had a parent come in here and she said, ‘One of my friends told me it took her over 4 hours.’ We got it done in 25-30 minutes and talk about some of the next steps.” If you can’t come to them, they can come to you.
Ann Hendrick is the Director of the Get2College Program. She says, “We go into the schools. We do financial aid nights. We do senior timelines for the students so that they can hear from us from their high school without ever coming to our center.”
Langworthy adds, “How much does college really cost? A lot of students don’t know that and, and we get to help them and say, OK this is is what you’re actually looking at. This is a realistic view of what you’ll be paying for college.” And that makes the whole process go so much more smoothly.
Jaylen Parhm proudly states, “Right now, I’m receiving admission letters, and I’m in the process of filling out scholarships and pretty much deciding where I want to go.”
Jaylen hopes to become a nurse anesthetist, and he’s looking at schools in Louisiana, Tennessee and of course, Mississippi. You can get the ball rolling by visiting Get 2 College dot org.
Get 2 College can start working with students as early as their sophomore year in high school. They have offices in Ocean Springs, Southaven and Jackson.