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9/27/2017 - Jackson, Miss.

Completing a college application is the first step of the journey to completing a college degree, but it can often be a daunting task for students. To help demystify the process, schools across the state will host events to help students complete their applications during October.

October is College Application Month, highlighting the applications process and kicking off College Countdown MS events. Piloted during the 2016-2017 academic year, College Countdown is open to any school this year.

The following schools are hosting College Countdown events:

  • Amite County High School
  • Bay High School
  • Biloxi High School
  • Broad Street High School
  • Bruce High School
  • Calhoun City High School
  • Canton High School
  • Clinton High School
  • Collins High School
  • Durant Public High School
  • East Union Attendance Center
  • Florence High School
  • Gautier High School
  • George County High School
  • Greenville High School
  • Greenwood High
  • Hancock High School
  • Hazlehurst High School
  • Hazlehurst High School
  • Heidelberg High School
  • J.Z. George High School
  • Jim Hill High School
  • Kemper County High School
  • Lake Cormorant High School
  • Leake County High
  • Leland High School
  • Long Beach High School
  • Madison S. Palmer High School
  • Magee High School
  • McComb High School
  • Mclaurin High School
  • Mendenhall High School
  • Meridian High School
  • Mississippi School of the Arts
  • Moss Point High School
  • Murrah High School
  • New Albany High School
  • Northwest Rankin High School
  • Noxubee County High School
  • O'Bannon High School
  • Ocean Springs High School CTE
  • Okolona High School
  • Park Place Christian Academy
  • Pass Christian High School
  • Pelahatchie Attendance Center
  • Philadelphia High School
  • Poplarville High School
  • Port Gibson High School
  • Porter's Chapel Academy
  • Raleigh High School
  • Ray Brooks School
  • Riverside High School
  • Ruleville Central High School
  • Shaw High School
  • Simmons Jr. Sr. High School
  • Simmons Junior-Senior High School
  • South Delta High School
  • Southeast High School
  • St. Martin High School
  • Stringer Attendance Center
  • Taylorsville High School
  • The Piney Woods School
  • Thomas C. Randle Career and Technical Center
  • Vancleave High School
  • West Harrison High School
  • West Lauderdale High School
  • West Marion High School
  • West Point High School
  • Yazoo County High School

College Countdown MS is part of a national effort, the American College Application Campaign. The mission is to help Mississippi high school seniors gain access to college through assistance with completing college applications, submitting the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and the state grant application, and celebrating their acceptance to college.

Partners in College Countdown MS include the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning, the Mississippi Community College Board, the Mississippi Department of Education, and the Get2College Program of Woodward Hines Education Foundation.

Some of the activities planned for students include Application Day, Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Days, and College Signing Day, which is designed to replicate the excitement of athletic signing days. Many of the activities will occur during the school day and focus on students who might not otherwise apply to college.

More information on College Countdown MS is available online: www.collegecountdownms.com.

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The Mississippi Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning governs the public universities in Mississippi, including Alcorn State University; Delta State University; Jackson State University; Mississippi State University including the Mississippi State University Division of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine; Mississippi University for Women; Mississippi Valley State University; the University of Mississippi including the University of Mississippi Medical Center; and the University of Southern Mississippi.

The Woodward Hines Education Foundation (WHEF) is a 501c3 nonprofit organization working to help Mississippi students plan and pay for college. WHEF is committed to helping more Mississippians obtain postsecondary credentials, college certifications, and degrees that lead to meaningful employment. Since its inception, they have worked to increase college access and entry for young people in Mississippi and have expanded that work to support promising practices that lead to college persistence and completion. For more information, visit get2college.org.

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