POPLARVILLE – Applications are being accepted by Student Support Services at Pearl River Community College for the seventh annual Summer Bridge to College Program, also known as START. The START acronym stands for Students Transitioning to Academic Success and Responsibilities at The Community College.The START program, which runs from June 27 to July 31, allows students eligible for Student Support Services to earn up to 9 college credits while learning skills to help them be successful in community college.The primary criteria for Student Support Services participation is the need for academic support, based on ACT scores, grade point average in high school, graduation from a GED program or being a non_traditional student who has been out of school for more than five years.Participants must also meet at least one of the following criteria: low_income, disabled or neither parent graduated from a four_year college with a degree. Students accepted for the START program pay no tuition and are required to apply for a federal Pell Grant (FASFA) to possibly cover the cost of books, fees, dormitory room, etc.To be considered for START, students must complete a two_step process:Submit a signed admissions application to the PRCC admissions office that includes an official high school transcript or GED test scores, along with ACT scores. (Students must be accepted as a PRCC student.)Mail or fax a completed Summer Bridge Program (START) application to Georgia Field, Student Support Services, P.O. Box 5118, Poplarville, MS 39470 or fax the application to 601-403-1042.To request a Summer Bridge Program (START) application, contact Georgia Field, Summer Bridge Program Coordinator at 601-403-1469 or Cindy Tanguis at 601-403-1285.
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