Student Consumer Information Guide

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Federal Student Disclosure Requirements

In compliance with the federal Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended by the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (HEOA), Pearl River Community College provides this list of topics for disclosure/compliance/student right-to-know.

This guide is produced by the Office of Institutional Research. Please contact the Office of Institutional Research to request a printed copy.

About the Institution

Pearl River Community College is among the oldest colleges of its kind in the South and is the pioneer public junior college in the state. It has been the pathfinder for advanced education in South Mississippi.

Pearl River Community College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097
telephone 404-679-4500, or at http://www.sacscoc.org for questions about the accreditation of Pearl River Community College.

The Commission is only to be contacted to learn about the accreditation status of the College, to file a third-party comment at the time of the College’s decennial review, or to file a complaint against the College with evidence that appears to support non-compliance with a standard or requirement. All normal inquiries about the institution, such as admission requirements, financial aid, educational programs, etc., should be addressed directly to Pearl River Community College and not to the Commission’s office.

Pearl River Community College is a member of the American Association of Community and Junior Colleges and the Mississippi Association of Colleges and Universities.

Mission Statement

Pearl River Community College is a public institution committed to providing quality educational and service opportunities for all who seek them.

Strategic Goals

  1. To prepare students to complete a degree or certificate program and to be competent in careers for which they have been prepared.
  2. To provide quality student services.
  3. To provide access to college courses and programs using various instructional methods, including online and dual enrollment/credit courses.
  4. To employ qualified faculty and staff, compensate them well, and provide opportunities for their professional development.
  5. To provide facilities, technology, and support staff in order to improve student learning, enhance faculty and staff performance, and augment community services.
  6. To provide adequate communication among campus personnel and community members regarding the College goals, outcomes, and activities.
  7. To recruit and retain students from a diverse population.
  8. To provide workforce training programs that meet requirements of business, industry, educational, and public service agencies for basic skills, specific job skills, and technical skills training.

Financial Aid Information

Contact Information for Assistance in Obtaining Institutional or Financial Aid Information

Key Resources at the Poplarville Campus:

Admissions601-403-1214
Business Office601-403-1206
Office of Student Success601-403-1250
Dean of Career and Technical Education Programs (Poplarville Campus)601-403-1102
Disability Support601-403-1060
Financial Aid601-403-1029
Textbook Store601-403-1368
Senior Vice President for Instruction/Provost601-403-1209
Vice President for Planning and Institutional Research and Hancock Center,
Dean of Honors Institute
601-403-1146
Dean of Workforce and Community Development601-554-4644

Key Resources at the Forrest County Campus:

Admissions601-554-5519
Business Office601-403-1206
Center for Counseling, Placement601-554-5500
Disability Support601-403-1060
Financial Aid601-403-1029
Textbook Store601-554-5501
Vice President for Forrest County Center601-554-5515
Dean of Workforce and Community Development601-554-4644

Key Resources at the Hancock Campus:

Admissions228-252-7000
Business Office228-252-7000
Center for Counseling, Placement228-252-7000
Disability Support601-403-1060
Financial Aid601-403-1029
Textbook Store228-252-7021
Vice President for Planning and Institutional Research and Hancock Center,
Dean of Honors Institute
601-403-1146

General Institutional Information Links

Student Financial Assistance Links

Health and Safety Links

Security Links

Student Outcome Links

State Authorization for Online Education

If you are a Pearl River Community College (PRCC) student or a prospective student who will not reside in Mississippi while enrolled in PRCC online classes, be aware that all U.S. states require post-secondary educational institutions to be legally authorized to provide online education courses to students in all states and territories. PRCC participates in the “National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA), an agreement among member states, districts, and territories that establishes comparable national standards for interstate offering of postsecondary online education courses and programs. It is intended to make it easier for students to take online courses offered by postsecondary institutions based in another state. SARA is overseen by a National Council and administered by four regional educational compacts.”

Colleges and universities in a SARA state only need their home state authorization to offer online education to any other SARA member state. A current list of member states can be found here.

Professional Licensure

Licensure requirements vary among professions and among states.  Students residing in Mississippi will need to check their program page regarding professional licensure requirements. If you live outside the state of Mississippi and are considering a program that leads to licensure, it is highly recommended that you should contact the appropriate licensing board in your home state before beginning an academic program at PRCC. While every attempt is made to stay informed of the laws in each state, it is the responsibility of the student to contact the appropriate licensing board in his or her home state to confirm whether or not the PRCC program will meet the state’s licensure requirements.

Licensure requirements for the program you are considering can be found here.

Intercollegiate Athletic Program Participation Rates and Financial Support Data (Equity in /Athletics Disclosure Act)

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