A limited number of emergency relief grants have been made available to Jackson State Community College students who have experienced unforeseen hardships due to COVID that have negatively impacted their educational progress, JSCC announced Tuesday.
The grant will pay the tuition for up to two classes during the 2021 summer semester.
To qualify, applicants must be a returning or continuing JSCC student who because of COVID dropped out of college, or completed fewer than 12 hours per semester, or failed a course.
Jackson State said about 300 grants are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Applications for the grant can be found at http://www.jscc.edu/comeback.
“We anticipate these grants to go quickly,” said Dr. Kyle Barron, vice president of Student Services. “Anyone interested in this opportunity should apply right away.”
He said that “the online environment, economic hardships, health issues, or any number of other circumstances caused many students to be unsuccessful in their courses, cut back the number of courses taken, or simply drop out. This grant is an opportunity for these students to come back and get their educational journeys back on track.”
JSCC said that currently, approximately 50% of scheduled classes for fall will have an in-person component. The actual number of in-person classes will depend on the demand for classes balanced with consideration for the CDC’s social-distancing recommendations.
“The FLEX option of having regular class schedules and meetings via Zoom has worked well for many of our students,” said Barron. “Zoom and traditional online options provide greater flexibility for busy schedules. We anticipate greater demand for these formats going forward.”