Tuition Guarantee Program
East Mississippi Community College offers a tuition guarantee program to high school graduates who are residents of its six-county district -- Lowndes, Oktibbeha, Clay, Noxubee, Kemper and Lauderdale. Briefly stated, it means qualified students can attend EMCC tuition-free. Incoming students must apply for all the federal and state aid, and EMCC scholarships, for which they are eligible. If there's still a shortfall, and the student owes money, the tuition guarantee program steps in and pays the balance.
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EMCC's tuition guarantee program started in Clay County in October 2008 when elected officials, financial supporters, busloads of high school students and, literally, a marching band gathered at The Civic in West Point for a press conference announcing the beginning of EMCC’s tuition guarantee program. EMCC tuition guarantee made headlines again in January 2009, when the program grew to include Lowndes County students.
And then it happened.
In his remarks from the podium at the college’s Industry Appreciation Luncheon in April 2009, EMCC President Dr. Rick Young made a surprise announcement that the tuition guarantee program would be extended to include the entire EMCC district.
EMCC staffers turned to each other and asked, “Did he just say what I think he said?” The answer was yes, and the word is spreading.
“We’re living through difficult economic times. People are cutting back on household expenses, and businesses are cutting back on staffing. But this is no time for EMCC to do less for the people we serve, because it’s during bad times that they need us the most,” Young said.
“East Mississippi Community College’s tuition guarantee program has been well-received by the public, especially by parents who want to get the most for their education dollar, people who have been in doubt about whether they could afford to send their son or daughter to college.”
Dr. Young believes the tuition guarantee program is an investment in human potential.
“At EMCC, we’re all about knocking down the barriers that stand between people and opportunity. The tuition guarantee program is removing some of the barriers that have prevented people from pursuing higher education,” Young said.
“Many of our graduates continue their education at four-year universities. But whether students go on to pursue bachelor’s degrees, or enter the workplace after graduation from EMCC, their futures are more secure; they have more options. And Mississippi and its employers benefit from access to a stronger workforce.”