Beginning with the Fall 2016 term, students across the state must enroll in and complete 15 credit hours per semester to maintain eligibility for state aid for programs that require full-time enrollment. This new "Take-15" eligibility requirement applies to undergraduate students throughout the state of Mississippi.
Specifically, the state aid programs requiring full-time enrollment that affect Holmes Community College students are: Higher Education Legislative Plan for Needy Students Scholarship (HELP); Mississippi Resident Tuition Assistance Grant (MTAG); Mississippi Eminent Scholars Grant (MESG), and Law Enforcement Officers and Firemen Scholarship (LAW). Federal financial aid will not be affected by this initiative.
As a positive incentive for Holmes students to meet this requirement, those who register for at least 16 hours for the Fall 2016 term will be entered to win a Honda Rancher 4x4 sponsored by Got Gear.
The Take-15 initiative was taken by the state in order to encourage students to "Finish in Four," whether that is four semesters of community college or four years at a university. The idea behind it is that the less time students spend in college, the more money they (and their families) will save in the long run.
Holmes strives to offer an affordable education to all students in its nine-district county, and offers a variety of ways for prospective and current students to fund their education. For more information on financial aid opportunities at Holmes, visit Financial Aid.