Wildcat Parents

Welcome!

Greetings Wildcat Parents!  We extend you a warm welcome from The River.  A new school year is upon us and many of you will have questions concerns. Sending your child off to college is a difficult transitional period for both you and your child.  Just like you, we have expectations for your student.  If you’ve already made your decision, we’re honored you and your child selected Pearl River Community College to help meet those expectations.  If, together, you are still seeking a place to take that next step, let us show you how things Roll at the River!

We are proud to welcome you and your child into the Wildcat family!

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Applying To PRCC

step 1

ADMISSIONS

Have your student go to Future Students and select the category which applies to him or her.  If your student has graduated high school and took Dual Enrollment classes, then it is time to apply as a New Student.

step 2

CHECK EMAIL

The student needs to check his or her email regularly.  Email will be the primary communication method of the college.  This information will prove very important in the other steps of this process.

step 3

FINANCIAL AID

Ensure financial aid is in order. Even if you student will receive scholarships and/or your student is not eligible for federal financial aid, the student still needs to complete the FASFA.  Completing the FAFSA will help your student be eligible for additional scholarships. and the County Tuition Assistance Program (if applicable). 

step 4

ROAR

Register for ROAR.  Ready, Orient, Advise, Register.  At ROAR, students will get a crash course in being a PRCC student from both Peer Leaders and Faculty Advisors.  By the completion of ROAR, your student will end the day with a schedule for his or her first semester as a college student. This schedule will help your student plan for their new experience at PRCC.

Step 5

CHECK THE CALENDAR

Pay attention to dates.  Ask if your student knows the first day of classes.  If your student knows the date, then give him or her some praise.  If your student has trouble stating the date, suggest they look over the schedule received at ROAR.  Look at the schedule with your student.  Not all classes have the same start date.  Help him or her take ownership of understanding the schedule.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

TUITION & FEES

Pearl River Community College works to offer competitive pricing for both tuition and fees.  The need to raise tuition is always weighed carefully and balanced with charging the  lowest tuition and fees possible while being mindful of the need to maintain a faculty that is highly qualified.  This allows us to maintain small student to teacher ratios with teachers that are knowledgeable in their teaching disciplines.

Tuition is due each semester.  Many students have financial aid that assists in covering the costs of college, but if a student has any remaining balance owed or if a student does not receive financial aid, then the Nelnet plan is a payment plan option provided by the College.  We encourage you and your student to explore this opportunity. 

Account statements will be emailed to PRCC student email accounts.  To access email, students need to login to  RiverGuideand select “email.” 

FINANCIAL AID

The Office of Financial Aid at Pearl River Community College is dedicated to helping students and families reach educational and career goals through the various financial aid programs available. Financial aid is designed to help students and their families pay for college and is available through four sources; the federal government, the state, the institution and private funding. Students may receive assistance through scholarships, grants, loans, and/or part-time employment. 

The largest source of financial aid is the federal government. Students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered for federal grants, loans or work programs. The application should be completed even if the student does not expect to qualify for federal grants. The results of the FAFSA application is a requirement to be considered for state awards and is needed to determine eligibility for foundation scholarships and potential outside resources. 

Before sitting down to complete the FASFA, make sure to have the following items at hand: 

  • Students and parents need the FSA ID created at StudentAid.gov/fsaid. The FSA ID is the login and password used to submit the FAFSA. It serves as a virtual signature at the time of submission. It is important that parents and students use different email addresses when creating their own FSA ID. 
  • Students and parents need completed tax returns. The FAFSA application will specify the year needed. If parents and students have completed taxes, they will be able to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to link tax information to the FAFSA. 
  • Students and parents may also need additional financial information on savings, investments, and business assets.

The Department of Education provides customer service for assistance with completing the FAFSA. The number is 1-800-4FED-AID (1-800-433-3243). The PRCC Office of Financial Aid staff is also available for assistance. 

The Mississippi Office of Student Financial Aid is another resource for funding. Students are encouraged to apply for state aid each school year. As a reminder, the MS Office of Student Financial Aid requires that students be enrolled in a minimum of 15 credit hours to remain eligible for state aid and to be mindful of application deadlines. For additional information visit MS Financial Aid. 

Incoming freshmen are automatically reviewed for academic scholarships once ACT scores are submitted to the Office of Admissions. Students are encouraged to apply for foundation, service and private scholarships. Click here for additional information.

Lastly, The PRCC Office of Financial Aid communicates with students via the Riverguide student portal and student school email addresses. Students should check the student portal and emails frequently for notices and updates. 

DINING

Opportunities for dining are provided on the Poplarville Campus and at the Forrest County Center.  Poplarville has a cafeteria  to support the Residence Halls and a Bistro that serves sandwiches and salads.   Students can view the cafeteria menu by logging into RiverGuide.  Students living in the dormitories will use their ID to record the visits to the cafeteria.  Commuter students can visit the Business Office and make inquiries into putting money on an account that can be used for purposes of dining. 

Located in Building 5 at the Forrest County Center, the Micro-Mart provides sandwiches and salads and is a welcoming environment to rest in between classes with a cup of coffee. 

BOOKSTORE

The Pearl River Community College Bookstore is called the Wildcat Den.  With locations at both the Poplarville Campus and the Forrest County Center, the Wildcat Den provides class and program supplies, ebooks, textbooks, PRCC logo clothing, electronics, computers, and a wide assortment of gift items ranging from Vera Bradley and MudPie to monogrammed items.  If you would like the Wildcat Den to create personalized gift baskets for your student, contact them at: 

prccwildcatden@gmail.com
Poplarville Campus 601-403-1362
Forrest County Center 601-554-5501

Ebooks have proven themselves a beneficial tool enabling students to obtain the course materials they need the first day of class at a fraction of the cost. Compared to new traditional textbooks, students save an average of $300 per semester using the course fee model. Students also receive their materials the first day of class in an integrated, pin-less digital package through Canvas exclusive to PRCC students with the eBook, additional resources, and the option to purchase a loose leaf directly from RedShelf for an additional low cost print price using any major credit card if one is needed.  Less than 10% of our students ordered a loose leaf after using the eBook for a few weeks.  The eBook is very user friendly and allows the student to print, highlight, annotate, make flash cards, and view on any device such as a cell phone, tablet, or computer.  You can take your book with you everywhere now! 

Not all courses are on the course fee model. Stop by the Wildcat Den Bookstore to find out what you need for class! 

You can visit the Wildcat Den online!

RESIDENCE LIFE

One of the most significant changes for a new college student can be moving into campus housing.  For many students, this is the first time living away from home, and it is where a sense of independence is truly first experienced.  Whether your student is living in one of the residence halls or commuting from home, as a parent, your role will change significantly.  Be patient as your student learns what this thing called adulthood is really all about. 

It has been proven that most students bring a number of different technological devices with them to college.  The majority of students today have never known a world without computers and the Internet.  These things are an extension of who they are.  If your student will live in campus housing, it is always a good idea to make sure all the devices being brought to college are compatible with the technology situation at Pearl River.  The Information Technology department has more information about  recommended items. 

Regardless of whether your student will live in one of the residence halls or whether he or she will commute, being involved in campus activities is a proven factor in student success.  While athletics and fine arts are on the Poplarville campus, all locations of Pearl River Community College have  clubs and organizations.  Encourage your student to join and be an active member of the opportunities that are available.  

Poplarville Campus: 

  • Baptist Student Union 
  • College Republicans 
  • DECA 
  • River Navigators 
  • Skills USA 
  • STEM Club (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) 
  • Student Government Association 
  • Student Nurses Association 
  • Young Americans for Liberty
     

Forrest County Campus: 

  • American Dental Hygienists’ Association 
  • Baptist Student Union 
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes 
  • Forrest County Center Science Club 
  • History and Humanities Club 
  • Mu Alpha Theta 
  • Phi Theta Kappa-Beta Tau Gamma Chapter 
  • Sigma Kappa Delta National English Honor Society 
  • Student Government Association 


Hancock Campus:
 

  • Baptist Student Union 
  • Phi Theta Kappa

Dormitories are provided on the Poplarville Campus.  If your student wants to reside in one of these facilities, it is imperative to apply early.  There is always a wait list for both male and female dorms.  There are also some very specific items that students plan to bring and not to bring to dorm life.  Make sure to refer to this listas you help your student prepare for life away from home. 

Do Bring 

  • Bed Linens (twin), pillows, blankets 
  • Towels and other bathroom necessities 
  • School supplies – paper, pens, pencils, tape, etc. 
  • Alarm clock 
  • Flip flops for the shower 
  • An umbrella for rainy days 
  • Cleaning supplies 
  • Storage boxes with locks 
  • Laundry basket and soap 
  • Small first-aid kit 
  • Renter’s insurance or a personal property rider on your parents’ insurance 
  • TV 
  • Microwave 
  • Refrigerator

Do NOT Bring 

  • Weapons of any kind 
  • Ammunition 
  • Alcoholic beverages and/or empty containers 
  • Controlled substances 
  • Candles 
  • Hotplates, toasters, and/or toaster ovens 
  • Personal air-conditioners or space heaters 
  • Pets 
  • Water guns 
  • Firecrackers or other explosives 
  • Grills 
  • Incense 
  • Satellite dishes 

Micro-Mart

Located in Building 5 at the Forrest County Center, the Micro Mart provides pre-made sandwiches and snacks and is a welcoming environment to rest in between classes.